R8 and a lot of minorities are anti-abortion:
With a major U.S. Supreme Court ruling months away, the state Senate debated emotionally Friday night before approving a key abortion bill that would be the most far-reaching in Connecticut in the past 32 years...
The often-emotional, personal and passionate debate included opposition by some members of the legislature’s Black and Puerto Rican Caucus, who said they were inspired by a freshman legislator, Rep. Trenee McGee of West Haven, who spoke passionately recently before voting against the bill...
Sen. Patricia Billie Miller, a Stamford Democrat, and others talked passionately on the Senate floor about Margaret Sanger, the founding of Planned Parenthood and the history of abortion.
“Babies were ripped from Black mothers, African mothers, during slavery,” she said. “That’s the history that Black women and Native American women have had to endure. ... There’s no way that I can accept a system that would intentionally take a baby from a mother. ... Yes, they sterilized men, too. It wasn’t just women.”
Miller noted that legislators often say that the brain is still developing until age 25 when they talk about issues like juvenile justice.
“We’re saying if an 18-year-old wants to have an abortion, she can do that. ... That gives me pause,” Miller said. “My friends who had abortions at 18 ... and it still bothers them. ... I will not stand here and support a system that was designed to take advantage of people who didn’t know any better.”
She said that some women who are now in their 60s and 70s are still depressed about having an abortion decades earlier.
“I know I’m not going to be the most popular person after tonight,” Miller told her colleagues. “[McGee] said, in the black community, abortions are birth control. That’s true. ... I hear family planning — code word for abortion. Why can’t it be a code word for planning your family?
“I agree it is her body to choose. ... I cannot support a system that has tried, systemically, to get rid of a race of people. ... Sorry, this is about racism, and that’s how I view this. ... I’m sorry if I’m emotional ... but this goes back to Africa for me. ... This goes deeper than just choice. ... Sometimes we don’t have the choice because we don’t have the money.”
The next speaker, Sen. Marilyn Moore of Bridgeport, said that her heart was racing as she stood up to speak due to her emotions on the issue. An employee for Planned Parenthood for eight years, she said she helped women to get mammograms.
“I knew about Ms. Sanger,” she said. “What I learned at Planned Parenthood was how much racism and distrust there is in the medical system. ... People talk about why Black people don’t want to get vaccinated because we’ve had medical apartheid. ... Right now, I’m not feeling good about this bill.
“Planned Parenthood will need to step up and say we need to do better.”