The argument goes something like, it’s more difficult for minorities to get a valid ID so requiring one at the polls would disenfranchise a disproportionate number of minorities, ergo requiring an ID is racist.
Lawsuits have been filed and public feelings campaigns have been waged to strike down the laws and demonize anyone who supports voter ID laws. Ironically, in a rather humorous twist, just the other day the main plaintiff in the lawsuit to strike down Pennsylvania’s voter ID requirement law got her ID. Oops. Apparently it’s *not* a gauntlet of barking dogs, fire hoses, and super evil neocon bureaucrats.
Though it does raise the question why the massive effort to bus people to polling stations on election day could not be employed ahead of time to bus people to the DMV or other ID-issuing office. But never mind that: we’re focusing here on the supposed racism of requiring a valid ID to vote, something the Democrats have made a major political issue, and we are comparing it to something else the Democrats consider a major political issue: abortion.
So much of a political issue, in fact, that they reportedly plan to make their convention some sort of celebration of abortion rights. Because, Akin.
So I wonder: what percentage of minority voters would actually be disenfranchised by ID requirements? How would it compare to the abortion rate among minorities?
Well let’s compare it to abortion rates in New York City for 2010, the most recent year for which abortion statistics are available, as provided by nyc41percent, a project Cardinal Dolan has participated in.
So would 40 percent of minority voters be unfairly disenfranchised? That’s four in ten, two out of every five. That is the percentage of all pregnancies in New York City that ended in abortion in 2010.
How about 60 percent? Six in ten, or three out of every five. Because that’s the percentage of pregnancies to black women in New York that were aborted in the same year. Half-again the percentage of all pregnancies. Clearly indicating that black women and their black babies are more likely to endure the violence of abortion.
If it didn’t reach either of those then it certainly would not approach the percentage of pregnancies to black teenagers that end in abortion… 72 percent. Seventy-two. Nearly 3 in 4.
So for every 1,000 black babies born in New York City in 2010, 1,448 of their brothers and sisters were killed in utero.
For every 1,000 black babies born to teenage mothers 2,630 were snuffed out before they could utter their first tiny cry.
These are macabre numbers. There is nothing “rare” about these numbers. Of course,
those numbers [while she might not like the method, the outcome] would put a smile on the lips of Planned Parenthood founder, noted eugenicist, and horrid racist Margaret Sanger.*
So how do they compare to the number of minority voters possibly disenfranchised by voter ID laws?
According to George Mason University’s numbers, there were 217,342,419 eligible voters in 2010. Of these, The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law estimates that “New Voting Restrictions May Affect More than Five Million.” That’s nationwide. Five million out of 217,342,419 works out to 2.3 percent of voters nationwide.
The argument, of course, is that those five million will disproportionately be minorities.
But for this supposed disenfranchisement to even approach the racism of abortion in New York City we would have to assume that minorities are 26-times more likely than whites to neither have a valid ID already, nor to have the intelligence and wherewithal to acquire one between now and voting day.
Seems to me that that assumption is more racist than the laws themselves.
But that is today’s Democratic Party: promoting, defending, and even celebrating abortion, a grisly practice that affects minorities to a disturbingly disproportionate degree, while manufacturing outrage over perfectly reasonable expectations that are employed by the doormen at President Obama’s own campaign events.
*Updated at 10:10 p.m. Sunday. Surprising to me, but as a commenter pointed out, while Sanger was a racist and eugenicist, she did not like abortion. So I note that fact in my text.