Wash Post: Abortion Bans Hurt Historically Black Colleges

Matt Philbin | July 21, 2022
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There’s an old joke about lefty media bias, told through imagined headlines on the front page of The New York Times::

Asteroid Hurtling Toward Earth! Planet Doomed!
Women, Minorities Hardest Hit

Sadly, left-wing outlets remain determined to prove the truth in the jest. For example, The Washington Post on July 20 published an article complaining that the Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade hurts historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Really.

See, “Nearly three-quarters of HBCUs recognized by the Department of Education are in states that have banned or mostly banned abortions,” according to Postie Lauren Lumpkin. “Those 72 schools enroll more than 166,000 students. 

So HBCU coeds are “disproportionately losing their right to reproductive health, students at those schools say.”

That’s Postie Speak for losing their ability to off inconvenient offspring. “Many students are afraid of what could happen to themselves or others if they end up with an unwanted pregnancy,” Lumpkin says. 

Are black female college students uniquely unable to manage their social lives without using abortion as birth control? If so, their HBCUs – not to mention their families – are failing them. But according to the women Lumpkin spoke to, it seems to be the case. 

In fact, she spoke to two women who couldn’t seem to figure out how to get contraceptives – in a major American city.

Student leaders at Dillard University in New Orleans want to make sure students maintain access to contraceptives, said Marissa Pittman, 20, a rising junior and student body president

It’s not just Dillard. 

At Xavier, a Catholic school in New Orleans, abortion and reproductive health are not often discussed openly, [public health major Nina Giddens] added. The university’s health center offers testing for sexually transmitted infections, according to its website, but Giddens said condoms and other contraceptives are more difficult to come by. The university does not offer condoms or other contraceptives in the health center, a spokeswoman confirmed. 

There’s a condom dispenser or three in every restroom of every bar in New Orleans. It’s rumored the city even has drug stores. If these kids can’t figure out how to access them, their degrees aren’t going to be much help to them anyway. 

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That never occurs to Lumpkin, whose only interest is helping the abortion cause with a little racial special pleading.

“I believe everyone should have a right to make decisions about their bodies,” [Dillard student Kalaya] Sibley said. “Knowing that people who look like me, and even just women in general, have to experience these roadblocks … is defeating.”

Know what else is defeating? Believing that "people who look like me," can’t get through their lives without having the ability to take away someone else’s.