This the subject of a Flare magazine point/counterpoint, with some lovely women representing team life, Natalie Sonnen and Marie-Claire Bissonnette.
I might add, in response to the Planned Parenthood spokeswoman that I am prepared to see women make mistakes–we all do that. But we have to be able to call abortion a mistake freely. We have to stop funding it, thereby incentivizing this huge mistake into something routine–which is what abortion has become. It’s used as backup birth control. If even one of the early activists for access to abortion envisaged it being used as birth control–could she please stand up? They don’t exist–they all thought abortion would be used in extreme circumstances–so very, very far removed from our reality today. Far, far too many women suffer from the effects of this mistake primarily because agencies like Planned Parenthood gloss over what the abortion choice actually involves. As movies like Hush are made, we are already seeing the start of a new way of thinking.
The truth about feminism is that the majority of women who pioneered the movement, early suffragettes who fought long and hard to bring equal rights to women, strongly opposed abortion. They very clearly saw it for what it is—the taking of human life—and did not insist on securing their rights by taking the lives of their children. In fact, early feminists would be horrified to see the extent to which modern day feminism has appropriated abortion as one of its hallmarks.
Equal rights for women have always and should always entail equal pay, equal opportunity and equal treatment. It should seek to eradicate sexism while instilling a deep respect for and celebration of innate femininity which includes the right to bear children. Modern feminism all too often ridicules femininity, medicates fertility, resents pregnancy and demonizes the unborn child in an effort to annihilate what is ‘woman’ and turn her into a man. This, to any pro-life feminist, is the ultimate sexism. There is nothing incongruous about pro-life feminism. Rather pro-life feminism extols what is best about women while staying true to its roots.” —Natalie Sonnen, executive director, LifeCanada