Kathy Barnette, running for Senate in Pennsylvania, called out Black Lives Matter back in 2015 over their distinct lack of concern for unborn black babies and their mothers. In a tweet, she wrote: "FACT: The MOST unsafe place 4 a Black child is in his mother's tummy. Do #BlackLivesMatter REALLY? Wake up BLACK ppl!"
She shared a statistic that showed a high number of unborn children who had been aborted since the Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973 that created a precedent for legal abortion across all 50 states.
Barnette has a unique view on abortion. She is the child of a mother who was raped at 11-years-old by a man who was 21.
When touting the need for safe, legal abortion, Democrats typically speak of how essential it is for black women to be able to have access to abortion, claiming, essentially, that if poor, black women have babies, both the lives of their children and their own lives would be not worth living.
Instead of giving support to black mothers, Democrats encourage black mothers to destroy their children and seek to better their own lives without what the left sees as the burden of motherhood.
Many states do not keep statistics on the racial breakdown of those women who undergo abortion. Notably, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin do not track abortion by racial breakdown.
A higher percentage of abortions are given to black women in Alabama, Arkansas, Washington DC, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
California does not even track how many abortions are given, but in other states that do not track by race, the numbers are high. Illinois saw 46,517 abortions in 2019. Massachusetts recorded 18,593 during that time, while New York recorded the most in the nation at 78,587 in 2019.
Speaking on the matter of abortion, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said that abortion is necessary so that black women could undergo the procedure.
"What we're talking about is whether or not women will have the ability to regulate their reproductive situation in ways that will enable them to plan lives that are fulfilling and satisfying for them," Yellen said.
"And one aspect of his satisfying life is being able to feel that you have the financial resources to raise a child, that the children you bring into the world are wanted, and that you have the ability to take care of them.
"In many cases, abortions are of teenage women, particularly low income and often Black, who aren't in a position to be able to care for children have unexpected pregnancies, and it deprives them of the ability often to continue their education to later participate in the workforce," Yellen said. According to Guttmacher, the majority of American abortions are undergone by women in their early 20s, not their teens.
Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger was a known racist and eugenicist, who sought to eliminate black babies and mothers from American life. In recent years, Planned Parenthood has sought to distance itself from the racism of its founder.
Barnette is running against Trump-endorsed Dr. Mehmet Oz, whose position on abortion appears to have shifted in one direction or another in recent years.