I'm not making this up. Check out this Dutch politician:
Alderman Marianne van den Anker for the Leefbaar Rotterdam (LR) party has called for a debate in Rotterdam on compulsory abortion and contraception for mothers she believes are responsible for raising unloved babies that fall victim to child abuse.
Yick. Being pro-life, I know that some people like to call me "anti-choice." If I'm going to be called that, do I get to define what anti-choice means to me? Most people who identify themselves as pro-choice are "pro-pregnant-woman's-choice"; they want the woman to be the one who chooses. To me, what Ms. van den Anker is proposing is a way different form of choice, one where outsiders are given the right to choose which babies will be born and which won't. That's not anti-choice in my book; that's "pro-government-choice." My vision of anti-choice would be that nobody would be choosing whether a fetus gets to live or not. But I do, of course, support pregnancy termination if a woman needs it for medical reasons, so I guess that makes me "pro-woman's-right-to-choose-to-save-her-own-life."
I have on rare occasions heard other people advocate compulsory abortion (e. g., in cases where both parents are minors). But I've never heard anyone actually single out a particular race before:
The three target groups she has in mind are Antillean teenage mothers; drug addicts and people with mental handicaps.
Van den Anker said children from these groups run an "unacceptable risk" of growing up without love and with "violence, neglect, mistreatment and sexual abuse."
Antilleans are folks from the Netherlands Antilles, a group of Carribean islands with an 85% mixed black population. So a white Dutch teenager is OK to have a baby, but a black one better not try it? I am the daughter of a black teen mom myself. Was I at an unacceptable risk of growing up unloved and mistreated? Amazing how my parents beat the odds! Of course, Ms. van den Anker might have granted me clemency because my mother was a married teen.
But wait, there's more! I hope you're sitting down . . .
The politician told the newspaper the courts would decide on whether abortion was the right option. The decision would be based on experts and care workers who "who can see in 95 percent or even 100 percent of cases whether the child has a chance of growing up with love".
This part reminds me of those American politicians who say that under their proposed plan for administering the death penalty, they can guarantee that we will always be 100% certain that the prisoner is guilty before we kill them.
Please, dear experts and care workers, tell me now whether or not I am going to love my baby. I won't get an abortion no matter what you say, but maybe you can convince me to give my baby to more worthy parents based on your infallible analysis.
Van den Anker supported her argument by suggesting that there were a lot of Antillean youth gangs in Rotterdam whose members come from loveless homes. The gangs, she said, committed rapes, were loverboys (pimps) and guilty of street terror.
"Antillean youths who commit serious crimes have been through everything themselves. History repeats itself and they visit the tragedy of their life history on others," she said.
Again, it seems to be all about the blacks immigrants. Because white kids never have troubled childhoods or turn to crime.
Fortunately, Ms. van den Anker appears to be alone in her sentiments:
SWA, a foundation promoting health among Antilleans and Arubans in Rotterdam, said the alderman's comments were degrading. It called on the Mayor Ivo Opstelten and the LR's coalition partners, the Christian Democrat (CDA) and Liberal (VVD) parties, to distance themselves from Van den Anker's views. She has also received dozens of emails criticising her ideas.
As legal experts pointed out, Van den Anker's plan would never be permitted, a CDA spokesperson warned: "If Leefbaar Rotterdam raises this idea in the talks to form a new coalition, the CDA will not be part of such an executive."