On Thursday, GQ published an article trying to explain the history of the pro-life movement, but skewed many of the facts to support an anti-Republican narrative.
The story’s author, Laura Bassett, tweeted, “Did you know Republicans decided to start caring about abortion in the late 70s because they were looking for a more defensible moral wedge issue than ‘keep schools white’ to mobilize white evangelical voters?”
The story began with an error, calling George Wallace, a “longtime Republican governor.” But Wallace was always a Democrat, save for a presidential run in which he ran as an American Independent Party candidate.
His party has been edited, but the change was worded in an attempt to maintain the premise of the story, which is that Republicans are bad.
The GQ article does mention Wallace, “who would later join the far-righ t American Independent Party” – but omits key details, leaving the impression that Wallace changed parties permanently, so Democrats can wash their hands of him. But Wallace ran for president two more times after that run, both times as a Democrat. He later won another term as governor of Alabama – also as a Democrat.
Bassett then pivots to a very abridged history of abortion rights.
“Before Roe , Republicans and white evangelicals generally supported abortion rights, much in the way libertarians do now, because to them it meant fewer mothers and children dependent on the government for support,” Bassett writes. She provides one example of these “Republicans and white evangelicals” that “supported” abortion rights: Wallace, a segregationist Democrat, who supported abortion because, he said, black women were “breeding children as a cash crop.”
Bassett also mentions two people influential in the movement: Jerry Falwell, who Bassett says was “mobilized… to get into politics” because he owned a segregated private school affected by Green v. Connally, which said […]