As I suggested in my last post, radical feminists are ruthless in their efforts to silence dissenting female voices. They also maintain positions on a number of issues that are far to the left of the average woman’s stance. This is especially apparent when the issue up for debate is the expansion or restraint of legal abortion.
Gallup discovered in this year’s Values and Beliefs survey that while 38% of Americans consider abortion morally acceptable (41% of men and 36% of women), 50% consider it morally wrong. (The missing percentage points cover those who either didn’t respond or answered “it depends”.) Even though some folks in the “morally wrong” column consider themselves pro-choice, such statistics still indicate that most Americans – including most American women – are reluctant to say that abortion is moral. Is this true of radical feminists? No.
As a matter of fact, feminist organizations have consistently fought for the expansion of legal abortion and declare it a “fundamental human right” that should not be limited in any way. Do you believe we should ban third trimester abortions? Do you believe doctors should have a right to refuse to offer abortion services? Do you believe abortion clinics should be barred from receiving tax dollars? Do you believe a teenager should be required to inform her parents before getting an abortion? In general, do you believe legal abortion should be restricted? If so, you hold a position shared by a solid majority of Americans — but you disagree with radical feminists.
With the exception of a few dissident groups – for example, Feminists for Life – most modern-day feminist organizations campaign tirelessly to legalize abortion through all nine months of pregnancy. Not only that, they want to force doctors to act against their consciences — and they want to fund abortion with your tax dollars. But if you look at the history of the women’s movement, you’ll see that this radical pro-abortion stance is a fairly recent innovation. As a matter of fact, the earliest feminists had very strong things to say against abortion; they considered it highly exploitative and injurious to women. “Guilty? Yes. No matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits [abortion],” wrote Susan B. Anthony. “It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; But oh, thrice guilty is he who drove her to the desperation which impelled her to the crime!” Elizabeth Cady Stanton concurred. “When we consider that women are treated as property,” she wrote in a letter to a friend, “it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit.” “When a man steals to satisfy hunger, we may safely conclude that there is something wrong in society,” added Mattie Brinkerhoff. “So when a woman destroys the life of her unborn child, it is an evidence that either by education or circumstances she has been greatly wronged.”
Our feminist foremothers spied a very real consequence of abortion that today’s radical feminists rarely acknowledge: it makes it awfully easy for men – and society in general – to avoid responsibility for the natural result of sexual intercourse. Now that abortion is on the table as an option, many men abandon their pregnant sexual partners and move on to their next conquests without compunction. How does this make the world more just for the fairer sex?