Sunday, August 30, 2020
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
"Abortion rights mean women's equality.
"Abortion care equal women's health care.
"Protect women and protect the right to choose."
"Every women has a right to control her own body."
"I stand with Planned Parenthood."
"Get your rosaries off my ovaries!"
"Abortion is men telling women what to do."
"Abortion is reproductive freedom."
"We must have women's health care."
Women's health care. Reproductive rights. Reproductive freedom. Reproductive choice. A woman's right to choose. Bodily autonomy. Abortion rights. Abortion care. Termination of an unwanted pregnancy. Today, many in our mainstream culture believe that women should have access to abortion, at least in some circumstances. Many women see it as their core right. As I watched the 2020 Democratic convention, I watched the video which featured feminists. In part of the video, women sang something like "We want a world where every woman has control over her own body."
Most feminists are pro-choice and believe that abortion is essential for women's equality. But I have been aware of those who identify as pro-life feminists. They view abortion not as a sign of women's equality. Pro-life feminists perceive abortion as the continued oppression of women.
We are now celebrating 100 years of women technically having the right to vote. Black women had to wait until the early 1960's to be able to vote. Pay equality for women (equal pay for equal work) still is not written into law. Employers still can get by with paying women less than they pay men. Though women have been leaders in other countries, the United States has not yet had a woman President or Vice President. Feminists keep pointing out these things to us.
Women certainly should have the same right to vote as men. Thank God, the early feminists were willing to fight to ensure that today's women would get this right. Susan B. Anthony would vote illegally and faced charges for it. Only recently, long after her death, has a President "pardoned" her for something that was illegal during Anthony's time--the right to vote.
But how did the right to vote become linked to access to abortion?
Women certainly should have the right to make as much money as men, for equal work. They still do not have that right written into law.
But how did equality in pay become linked to access to abortion?
Women have the right to the same education opportunities as men. Sadly, even today, they do not always receive them. Recently, a group of former female former FBI program recruits allege that the FBI discriminated against them because of their gender. The women alleged that the Bureau applied higher standards to them than to the male trainees whom they had been training with at the time. According to the women, harsher standards were applied to them when they made errors than were applied to the men.
Women have a right to the same educational opportunities as men. But how did equal educational opportunities become linked to access to an abortion?
Women have the same right to equal job opportunities as men have. The United States has not yet had a woman President or woman Vice President. We have not yet had a female FBI Director. Men outnumber women in Congress. They outnumber women, by far, in being CEO's and winning Nobel Peace prizes.
Women have the right to the same job opportunities that men have. But how did equality in job opportunities become linked to access to abortion?
Women have the right to be free from all manner of violence that men have. They have the right to be free from sexual harassment, sexual assault, and rape. The "Me Too" movement may be overdone in how it deals with men who face allegations. But this movement has given a voice to many women who have been made to carry secrets and shame that belonged to their abusers and not to them.
Women have the same right to freedom from violence that men have. But how did freedom from violence become linked to access to abortion?
Women want to be equal to men in every way. But, physiologically, we are not the same as men. We do not have the upper body strength, generally speaking, that most men have. We are people who can get pregnant. Women give birth and bring new life into the world. How did this ever come to be seen as lack of equality with men?
How does getting an abortion make a woman equal to a man? According to feminists, it makes her equal because she is exercising control over her own body. The trouble is, when a woman is pregnant, the baby she is carrying has its own body. It does not belong to her.
How does getting an abortion make a woman equal to a man? According to feminists, it makes her equal because she is exercising the choice to carrying her pregnancy to rem or not. But when a woman is pregnant, she is carrying what both the Bible and science recognize as a unique and separate human being.
How does getting an abortion make a woman equal to a man? According to feminists, it makes her equal because she is exercising reproductive freedom. But how can abortion be freedom if so many women get abortions because they feel pressured into getting them by others they trust?
Is access to abortion a sign that women's equality with men has become a reality? Or has it become a sign that society is still oppressing her and calling it something else?
This article, written from a pro-choice point of view, explains why so many people view abortion as a core women's right. Read article.
This thought-provoking article was written over two years ago; it discusses male privilege. It also discusses the ways in which men are NOT privileged. Read article.
FEMINISTS FOR LIFE is a nonprofit that exists to advocate for both women and their babies. Visit website.
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