Anti-choice advocates are using Cardi B as a vehicle for their pro-life agenda and it’s no surprise considering their long-winded historical practice of using Black women to fight this battle.
Recently, the Grammy-nominated rapper spoke frankly about her decision to have a child, despite criticism.
During an interview last week with the Breakfast Club the Afro-Dominican rapper revealed that after learning of her pregnancy she weighed every option available to her, including abortion. After addressing critics of her resolve to carry her pregnancy to term, the Hip-Hop artist admitted that she had considered terminating her pregnancy saying “Kinda, sort of. And then again it was just like ‘no.’ I just didn’t want to deal with the whole abortion thing.” After Breakfast Club host Charlamagne tha God interjected and asked if she had made her decision based on her fear that she might regret having an abortion, Cardi responded by explaining that she solely based on her ability to have a child. “Yeah I don’t know, I just didn’t want to. You know what? I’m a grown woman. I’m 25 years old. I’m gonna say this in the most humblest way — I’m a schmillionaire. And I’m prepared for this.”
Her comments highlighted the fact that for many women abortion serves as a practical option because they do not have the means or resources to be a parent. And god knows that these women will hardly ever find support from conservatives.
In the days following the interview, various pro-life commentators have zeroed in on Cardi B’s comments and isolated them to fit their anti-abortion stances.
Rapper Cardi B refuses abortion: "As a woman, why can’t I have both? Like, why do I gotta choose a career or a baby?” https://t.co/K5q96Dke2M
— Live Action (@LiveAction) April 16, 2018
Fox News’ Laura Ingraham shared Cardi’s interview on Facebook writing “Rapper Cardi B is pushing back on the fans and friends who are pressuring her to get an abortion.” The Daily Wire reframed the context of the conversation with a post that read “Cardi B gives pro-life message while discussing her choice to reject abortion.”
The posts actively work in a way that misleads users into believing two things about the rapper that are completely untrue. First, that Cardi B is not at all the feminist who believes in a woman’s right to do what she wants with her body that she has long proclaimed to be. Second, that the pro-choice movement does not support or believe that a woman’s right to chose includes carrying her pregnancy to full term. It absolutely does and this is a stance that has been highlighted, underlined and put in bold by using the very words “pro” and “choice” in their movement.
Conservatives have seized Cardi B’s decision to promote their anti-abortion agendas in a move straight out of their tired and overused playbook.
Conservatives have used Black women as an effort to drive their political agendas for decades. Particularly when it comes to the issue of abortion. In fact, pro-life groups have a long history of leaning into the Black woman’s experience with racism and exploiting by comparing abortion to oppressors like eugenics and slavery and marketing the medical procedure as “black genocide.” They’ve done this all the while actively attempting to undercut the same demographic that Cardi B represents by stripping them of the very resources that have been designed to support them, their families as well as their health.