‘Black Babies Matter’: The Black Anti-Abortion Movement’s Political Problems

This summer, the white-led anti-abortion movement looked more like a 1960s civil rights rally.

Clasping signs that read #blackwomenmatter, black and white women linked hands and walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where Martin Luther King, Jr. once led marches for voting rights.

“If black lives matter, then black women matter … if black lives matter, then black children matter … if black lives matter, then black babies matter,” conservative black activist Star Parker told the crowd after it gathered in front of a clinic in June that allegedly performs unlicensed abortions.

The march was a rare moment in the anti-abortion movement, which for decades has been dominated by white conservatives. But activism on abortion may be starting to become more racially integrated, as black activists seek to have their voices heard and leaders of the movement’s most powerful groups begin to recognize a need for diversity.