We know that the liberal establishment tends to be in favor of a woman’s right to choose. But this perspective, especially among African American voters, must be cautiously structured to avoid appearing to fight for the right to kill unborn children. Most babies don’t come into our lives at a convenient time, and there are millions of voters who aren’t comfortable with the idea of killing a child because they are an inconvenience.
This week on the MSNBC show, “The Cycle,” co-host Toure, who has gotten into some trouble for his sloppy language in the past, celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by stating that God was the one who is responsible for giving him the right to abort his child 15 years ago. Reflecting on a relationship with a woman that he was sleeping with but impregnated unintentionally, the MSNBC personality says that the child’s birth would have destroyed his life.
“In some ways that choice saved my life,” Toure said.
Remembering that the woman he was sleeping with at the time “wasn’t the one,” Toure said that having a baby would “made a mess of three lives,” so his conclusion was that ending one of those lives would be better for the other two. He even went so far as to thank God for giving him the chance to get an abortion, which might stir the passions of those who are uncomfortable with the concept.
“I thank God and country that when I fell into a bad situation, abortion was there to save me and keep me on a path toward building a strong family I have now. And I pray that safety net stays in place,” Toure said.
So, can the Democrats remove the word “God” from their party platform, but yet invoke God as an entity which endorses its policies? Some might say “no.” Some may also wonder if being pro-choice means that a person must become comfortable with the idea of abortion. This is one of the many challenges being faced by black voters who are both loyal to their God and loyal to the Democrats.