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THE NEXT DISTRACTION
Politics and Passions - Winter 1995-96

Part 32
Abortion - A Societal Problem

"When a man steals to satisfy hunger, we may safely conclude that there is something wrong in society – 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."

Mattie Brinkerhoff
The Revolution – 1869

Abortion.

Every woman's right?

A fundamental freedom?

The solution to sexism, discrimination and poverty?

For some, abortion is accepted without scrutiny as necessary for women’s advancement. But a growing number of women are giving abortion a second look, and reconsidering whether it has fulfilled the many promises made to us.

Abortion rights activists promised us a world of equality, reduced poverty. A world where every child would be wanted. Instead, child abuse has escalated, and rather than shared responsibility for children, even more of the burden has shifted to women.

Women have sought real solutions since we entered the workforce. Women want economic empowerment through equal opportunities for pay and position in the workplace. Flex time and job sharing. Comprehensive health care. Maternity benefits and parental leave. Affordable, quality child care. Shared parental responsibilities. Child support.

By promoting abortion instead of working for social changes that would make it possible to combine children and career, abortion advocates have betrayed a majority of wage earning women who want to have children.

While members of the 70s’ women’s movement continue to promote abortion, another movement is going forward with real solutions. This movement, a renaissance of original American feminism, is built on a progressive ethic that challenges the status quo.

Pro-life feminists recognize abortion as a symptom of, not a solution to, the continuing struggles we face in the workplace, at home and in society. Like Susan B. Anthony and other early American suffragists, today's pro-life feminists envision a better world, where no woman would he driven by desperation into the personal tragedy of abortion:

A world in which pregnancy and motherhood are accepted and supported.

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A structured workplace that supports mothers rather than forcing them to choose between their children and their careers.

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A society that supports the role of mothers and values the role of fathers, and helps fathers provide both financial and emotional support for their children.

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A culture where "stay-at-home moms" are afforded respect.

Since both sides of the abortion issue agree that no woman wants to have an abortion, it is a cruel hoax to call abortion a woman s "choice." No woman should be forced to choose between relinquishing life and career plans or suffering through a humiliating, invasive procedure and sacrificing her child.

Abortion is a last resort, not a free choice.

Feminists for Life.
Because women don’t have to settle for less.
Because there is a better way.
Join us.

Go on to: Part 33: "The Slaughter of the Innocents"
Return to: The Next Distraction

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