New England Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson has criticized actress Alyssa Milano for claiming that the right to an abortion benefits “women of color,” calling the actress’s comments an example of “ignorance” and “racism.”
After Georgia’s governor signed the “heartbeat bill” — banning abortions if a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which can be as early as six weeks — Milano went on Twitter to call for a sex strike until “we get bodily autonomy back.”
“Any woman of privilege that lives in one of these states, if this goes through, they’re going to be able to travel to a state to get a safe reproductive healthcare,” Milano told CNN’s Chris Cuomo. “But for the women of color, for the women that are marginalized, for the women that are (in) low-income communities … these bills are going to be catastrophic.”
Watson, a father of seven and pro-life advocate, responded to Milano’s remarks on Twitter, calling it an example of “ignorance, racism or some combination of both.”
“To claim that giving MORE children of color the right to be born will negatively affect ‘women of color’ reveals IGNORANCE, RACISM or some combination of both,” Watson said. “Our children and families are capable of greatness and lies like this harm our future. Don’t patronize us.”
In recent months, several states have passed laws significantly restricting or banning abortion.
Last week, Alabama outraged abortion supporters by passing the most restrictive law in the nation, banning abortion even in cases of rape or incest, while allowing an exception for the life of the mother.
Additionally, Missouri, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia have passed “heartbeat laws” that ban abortions at a point in a pregnancy when a heartbeat is regularly detectable.
A devout Christian who often speaks out publicly on a wide range of racial and political issues, Watson frequently advocates for the unborn. During a pro-life rally held in New York’s Times Square on May 5, the athlete called on men to not avoid conversations about abortion, but rather “to step up and to step into these conversations with boldness and with grace and with conviction.”
“As families across our country are being destroyed and as lives are being extinguished, we must expose the lies that are being told. We must peel back those layers of deceit,” said Watson.
Click here to read more.
SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett