When seriously studying in depth any movement, it is imperative to go back to how and where it got started. Historical feminism began with Mary Wollstonecraft’s The vindication of the rights of Woman in 1792. From that point until the 1960’s, all of the rough and tumble feminists were vehemently outspoken against abortion. When Betty Friedan wrote The Feminine Mystique (2nd edition), there began a shift away from real feminism, and the real got distorted and derailed in this area. Today’s feminists who are pro-choice have clearly betrayed the historical Matriarchy. And very few know anything about this, because it has become a taboo subject.
Wollstonecraft out and out condemned those who would destroy the embryo in the womb. Susan B. Anthony in her work, The Revolution, calls it, “child murder, infanticide, and foeticide”. Elizabeth Cady Stanton even hits harder by pointing out in no uncertain terms that just as women have been treated as property by men to be disposed of as they see fit, women should never follow their example by disposing of the unborn as they see fit. The whole disposal mentality is according to Stanton a Patriarchal oppressive state of mind. Anarchist Emma Goldman viewed abortion as disgusting and degrading and as she stated so emphatically, “it is reaching appalling proportions in America beyond belief”. And the first woman to run for President Victoria Woodhull in 1870 had on her platform fetal rights.
The reader must understand something here: These were dead serious revolutionary women.They were committed daring progressives, unlike the ones we see today. They were not out for career or comfort, nor were they barbie doll cheerleader pro-lifers. They also were not religious nuts nor conservatives. And all of them (and the list is much longer) without exception, equated fetal liberation with women’s liberation. These were the women that laid their lives down in front of cars to get the right to vote for all women. These were the ones who went to jail. They fought long and hard for equal rights. And the tradition continues on today with groups like FFL (Feminists for Life). Despite the blacklist of today’s 21st century feminists against abortion, FFL has carried on the 200 year old tradition of the Matriarchy in all regards and also reminding as many people as possible that abortion is also a racial issue. It is a statistical fact that racist groups give to pro-choice groups to decrease the population of minorities.
In conclusion: For women to be pro-abortion/pro-choice is caving into a male dominant society. It’s the boyfriend’s quick pay off easy way out. The father’s ultimatum. The husband’s demands. The teenagers peer pressure nightmare. It is Hugh Hefner’s usage of the female body reduced to mere plumbing… and all for pleasure. And all the sick and twisted playboys that say condescendingly to the women that they got pregnant, “Get rid of it, honey. After all, it’s legal, and you’re a free spirited gal.” It’s red herring politics for votes. It is taking the shiny one-dollar bill coin with the noble face of Susan B. Anthony and crushing it underfoot with an iron high heel and all of the helpless unborn that she and the Matriarchy fought for. The fact of that matter is this: The real feminists have always been against abortion from the very beginning.