Readers may have noted that, in my previous post on anti-contraception mythology, I put quotes around the word “feminist” in the context of writers who mistakenly or dishonestly accuse anti-abortionists of being anti-contraception.
I didn’t want to get into it there, because it was off-topic, but I’d like to address it. There are some, in fact, probably many, who assert that one cannot be a feminists and take a position against abortion. (Check out this fascinating article which addresses this issue). I not only disagree, but I will go so far as to take the near-opposite position: One cannot be a feminist and support abortion.
Here’s the definition of a feminist:
feminism n (1895) 1 : the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes 2 : organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests — feminist n or adj — feministic adj
Embedded in that definition, specifically, the second part, is the implication that one cannot work against human rights issues that affect “women’s rights and interests.” I don’t think that there is a credible argument that girls, even very, very tiny ones, are not counted as women in this definition.
Abortion destroys life, both that of boys and girls. Life is unquestionably a right and interest of the live-er. Therefore, abortion is anti-feminist.
Now, I’m exaggerating a little bit for effect. I understand that there are some people, including the writer I cited above, who disagree that a fetus is a life. I can’t, in good conscious, lump that belief in with the above (although I will assert that it is both entirely wrong and requires the believer to over-look an absurd amount of evidence to the contrary). The argument that even if it is a person, it is still OK, is, however, deserving of the quotes.
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