Views on Abortion Strain Calls for Unity at Women’s March on Washington
March officials are being criticized for including abortion rights language in the official platform, alienating women who consider themselves feminists but oppose the procedure.
Good reminder that you can be *personally* against abortion and a feminist, but you cannot be a part of the movement and also believe in taking away another woman’s right to choose.
I would welcome the kind of feminist who does everything she can to make abortion non-existent: better birth control, better prenatal care, better access to adoption services, better support for survivors of sexual assault. But that’s not what these women talk about. They talk about outlawing abortion. And any person, male or female, who believes in forcing a woman to carry a pregnancy she does not want– FOR ANY REASON– cannot reasonably be considered a feminist or take part in the mainstream feminist movement. period.
And that quote at the end? “I would define [feminism] as the right to live out my womanhood.” PLEASE. The right to live out your womanhood is inextricably linked to the right to family planning. You can live out YOUR womanhood by not having an abortion, but that doesn’t mean you get to decide that for other women.