05 July 2010

Feminists and Abortion: Real Feminism Does Not Kill!

from Catholic Online

Several times in the last month now I've heard this claim:  You can't be a feminist and be opposed to abortion.  Gloria Steinem, for example, insists that a woman can say she would not choose to have an abortion herself, but she cannot say that other women cannot choose abortion and still call herself a feminist.  Championing abortion, it seems, has become the only true litmus test for feminism.

There is growing outrage among “feminists” these days over the emergence of pro-life feminism in America.  That any woman would dare to separate women's rights from abortion “rights” is such an affront to what passes for modern-day feminism it instantly brings the claws out.   Most notably, they have latched onto Sarah Palin because she had the temerity to bring a child with Downs into this world and still continue to work full-time as governor of her state.  The audacity!  “That's not feminism!” they cry.  “There is no such thing as pro-life feminism!”

Their “feminist” creed insists a woman must be willing to kill her own child for the cause of liberation and independence.  This demented abortion ideology has turned women against themselves, against their own bodies and required them to at least be an accomplice to murder in order to be “free.”

But it doesn't stop there.  The abortion ideology also destroys any hope of a healthy, mutually-respecting relationship between the sexes.  It pits men and women against each other and both of them against their own descendants.

Abortion has both left men in an impossible situation and given too many of them an excuse to flake out on their responsibilities.  Either a man has no say over his progeny and no power to protect his own child; or he can abandon the child he helped create and go on his merry way; or worse, he can drive his underage, pregnant victim to an abortion clinic to have the evidence of his crime conveniently and secretly destroyed.  (Yes, that truly seems like progress for women.)  Abortion is the ultimate multi-purpose weapon – it kills the child, wounds the woman, and demolishes all respect for motherhood and fatherhood. 

For all their ranting about protecting women's rights, these “feminists” are not the sisterhood they claim to be.  If the sisterhood was truly interested in protecting their own and securing equal rights for the future, they would not sanction snuffing out other sisters before they're even born.  Yes, I know the false “feminists” will say the rights of the woman who's born and grown and pregnant are all that matters, not the supposed rights of the fetus (even if she is a girl), who is merely a "potential" life, not an "actual" one.

Clearly, abortion has not only turned “feminists” into baby killers, it's also made them desperate liars clinging to stupid arguments in order to justify their actions.  What is most frightening is that more and more pro-aborts – er, feminists, I mean – are brazen enough to admit it and even wear their bloodlust like a badge of honor.  Such as Antonia Senior did last week in the London Times when she insisted that “Yes, abortion is killing, but it's the lesser evil.” 

She begins by saying she can think of only one cause she would be willing to stake her life on and that is a woman's freedom and right to live her life as she chooses, including having “complete control over her own fertility.”  She then admits that her absolute conviction about the moral certainty of abortion is “under siege” and “wavering.”  She confesses that having a baby changed everything.
While she fumbles around for a simple way to define human life (absent any moral foundation), she ultimately concludes with surprising honesty, “What seems increasingly clear to me is that, in the absence of an objective definition, a fetus is a life by any subjective measure.  My daughter was formed at conception, and all the barely understood alchemy that turned the happy accident of that particular sperm meeting that particular egg into my darling, personality-packed toddler took place at that moment.  She is so unmistakably herself, her own person – forged in my womb, not by my mothering.”

Any other conclusion is a convenient lie that we on the pro-choice side of the debate tell ourselves to make us feel better about the action of taking a life.  That little seahorse shape floating in a willing womb is a growing miracle of life.  In a resentful womb, it is not a life, but a fetus – and thus killable.”

When all pretense about choices and reproductive freedom is stripped away and the euphemisms have worn themselves out, the naked selfishness of this “feminist” doctrine is laid bare in all its depravity:  

Yes, the child in the womb is a life; a separate person who came into existence at the moment of conception.  But we don't care.  The baby only gets to live if we say so.  We can kill if we want to and no one can tell us otherwise.  We are all that matters; no one and nothing else.

Ms. Senior herself says it in the most chilling way:  “As ever, when an issue we thought was black and white becomes more nuanced, the answer lies in choosing the lesser evil.  The nearly 200,000 aborted babies in the U.K. each year are the lesser evil, no matter how you define life, or death, for that matter.  If you are willing to die for a cause, you must be prepared to kill for it, too.”

There you have it.  A true “feminist” must be prepared to kill for the cause.  It is a greater evil to give equal human rights to the baby than to execute the baby.  Every other consideration is secondary to the inviolable “right” to demand the death of the baby.  So says the “feminist” doctrine.

A feminist creed that turns a mother against her own child is anything but feminine.  It is the antithesis of the privileged, life-giving nature God has given women; a nature which, of course, these “feminists” spit on with disdain. 

Okay, fine.  Eschew the honorable gift of co-creating new life with the Almighty in favor of exterminating your sons and daughters.  Still, Ms. Senior is wrong when she says “the debate is fetal rights versus reproductive rights.”  Abortion is the greatest violation of human rights our world has ever seen.  An entire class of human beings are denied the right to live and even be called a person – this is the odious fruit of pro-abort feminism.  That is the “progress” pro-abort feminists can rightfully say they've achieved.

It is many despicable and evil things (none of them lesser), but it is not real feminism.

Real feminism does not kill. 


Fredrick Schwartz said...

right here is why I don't dig buffet style religion. Feminism is deeper than the abortion issue. That issue is a Catholic issue because rule one for catholics is "make as many catholics as possible." That's fine I'm all about freedom of religion as along as that includes freedom from it as well.

I would suggest that a woman cannot be a feminist and be a Catholic because to be Catholic is to give up rights over your own body to rules made up by men who have no idea what it means to be a woman or even love a woman as only a spouse can.

You ma'am are not free as long as your mind is trapped in the 15th century.

Qu'ul cuda praedex nihil!

Pax Terra

This_Cross_I_Embrace said...

Love this post. Extremely true on every front.
Fredrick, as a Catholic woman I can say that 1) to be a Catholic, rule one is actually to "love God above all things" (with rule two being love your neighbor as yourself)- not, as you put it, to make as many Catholics as possible, and 2) as a Catholic woman, I have never had to give up rights to my body from the moment I HAD a body (in my mother's womb) to present day.

I think your honest, very intelligent outlining here is too much for those who would want to debate on the issue to handle, MCH. Well done.

Dirtdartwife said...

Why the 15th Century Fredrick? Why not some other arbitrary age? (just asking) You obviously missed the point of which MCH was writing of and that's the idiocy of the pro-abortion feminist and how it revolves around abortion and nothing else. If it could be boiled down to "a woman's body" then I suggest you take your NOW and NARAL Feminists and go to China to preach that, ahem... wisdom. I'm sure a few Chinese women would like to share their experiences about "their" bodies.

I am post-abortive and I can assure you that you, as a man, obviously have NO clue as to the hell I've been through because of my experience. So for you to say I have no idea what it's like to follow a religion that you allege is made up by men that try to tell me what it's like to be a woman, I can't describe to you how far off you are. I embrace Catholicism because it's the only religion and path of life that TRULY knows what a woman is supposed to be like and it demands it's men to treat them as St. Joseph treated our Blessed Mother. Now that, kind sir, is a God given gift and I was blessed with one when I married him. A man that truly knows how to treat me and what a GREAT GREAT GREAT role model we have for our many girls in what to look for in a husband. Your ideology is what we specifically teach our girls to avoid and due to our pro-life family, they have learned that a pregnancy doesn't revolve around "their" body. They are the only being on this planet that can cooperate with God in His gift of bringing forth new life.

MBrandon said...

Excellent article, Dear Heart (Chocolate even).

Of course, when you tell the truth, you can expect it to be rebuffed by those who are ignorant of what the truth really means, or so invested in their own ideologies that the trees get in the way of the forest.

Thank you Dirtdartwife for your honesty.

If we follow the example of Jesus, and His earthly father Joseph, we men will love the women in our lives with respect for their dignity as daughters of the God we love and serve.

And every one of the women who walk this earth are deserving of our love and service. However, those who have been deluded to believe that murdering unborn children is a solution to anything other than devil worship, are most in need of our prayers and spiritual sacrifices to the Sacred Heart of Jesus from which all mercy flows.

Leila @ Little Catholic Bubble said...

Actually, Fredrick, as a woman who came late to the fullness of the Catholic faith, the only thing I was once "trapped" in is the banality, baseness and dark abyss of the Planned Parenthood mentality. I thank God every day that I now live in the freedom of Christ and His Church.

It is so beautiful that the pro-life movement consists of and is propelled by legions of women. Because women know instinctively that there is nothing in our nature which would pit a woman against her own child. That is abhorrent to the nature of a woman.

MCH, this is a fabulous article.

Dirtdartwife, perfectly stated! Thank you!

And TCIE, rock on, sister!! :)

Angela said...

I think this is a great post. Maybe Frederick needs to go to: www.feministsforlife.org and read up! Like MCH states, real feminism does not kill. I've only recently been introduced to feministsforlife.org and their slogans "refuse to choose" and "women deserve better" (than abortion) definitely make this organization worth a second of your time.
Also if there is anything I've learned it's that no woman has "complete control over her own fertility"...wish pro-abort feminists would learn that.
Great post, MCH!


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