Today marks the 40th anniversary of the infamous Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion-on-demand in our country. Since that time, 55 million children have been killed legally in America. On a day like today, I believe it is important to look the culture of death squarely in the face to see the ugliness for what it is. Much of it is driven by feminist dogma. Feminism teaches that women must not be held back from equality with men by having to care for children. Thus feminism insists that women must be set free from the consequences of their own fertility. That is why abortion rights are sacrosanct to feminists. It is much more important for women to be free than to be encumbered by a pregnancy that they do not want.
In a 2010 article for The Times of London, Antonia Senior argued this case in spades. She contended for a woman’s fundamental right to kill her unborn child in order to further the feminist cause. You almost have to read it to believe it, but it is what she wrote. You might think it a joke or a hoax, but it’s not.
Here’s her argument in a nutshell. As a pro-choice feminist, Senior says she had always believed that an unborn child was not a life but a potential life. That was her belief until she finally had her own child. After giving birth to her own little girl, her view of the personhood of the unborn changed. In her own words:
“What seems increasingly clear to me is that, in the absence of an objective definition, a foetus 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 foetus — and thus killable.”
Astonishingly, even though she concedes that an unborn baby is a human life, she says that killing a baby is sometimes the lesser of two evils. Feminism’s commitment to reproductive freedom and “fertility control” is more important than an unborn baby’s life. It would be more evil to surrender feminism than to kill a human life. In her own words:
“The answer lies in choosing the lesser evil. The nearly 200,000 aborted babies in the UK 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.”
If you don’t think that this is the logical consequence of 3rd wave feminist ideology, then you don’t understand feminism. Such feminists on both sides of the pond believe that a woman’s “right to choose” is more important than another person’s right to life. This is the logic of death, and it is in part what has led to the killing of 55 million unborn babies since 1973.
“Consider it, take counsel and speak up!” -Judges 19:30
Antonia Senior, “Yes, Abortion is Killing. But It’s the Lesser Evil,” The Times [London], Wednesday, June 30, 2010. (requires registration)
It’s very sad, but subordinating women is not the answer. In ancient Greece it was fathers, not wanting to dilute property, who forced women to have abortions. Abortions can be a tool of men or women.
Sigh, Suzanne. Show me anywhere, other than in your own idiosyncratic dictionary, anyone anywhere close to orthodox Christianity is advocating the subordination of women.
You are absolutely right here. Abortion is the necessary corollary to birth control which itself is the necessary tool of feminism (whether religious or 2nd or 3rd wave). Planned Parenthood v. Casey recognized two decades who that abortion is the necessary back-up plan to birth control when it fails.
And birth control as the necessary tool of feminism was brought into stark relief these past few days in the tempest over Phyllis Tickle’s closing speech to the latest gathering of Emergence Christians-some-of-whom-are-really-just-pagans-saying-they-love-Jesus.
PTSD/trauma counseling was necessary after a few negative words about the Pill, you see.
James Harold Thomas
Here in St. Louis there is a Planned Parenthood clinic and a place juat across the river in Illinois called Hope Clinic. I looked at the website for, um, “Hope”, and found that one of their abortion related services is “A memory box (including ultrasound picture, footprint, if possible)”.
Kathryn Elliott Stegall
“Yet there is presently this nasty backfire of the feminist agenda characterized by sexual aggression, marital breakdown, out of wed-lock births and abortion resulting in a growing percentage of women living lives of fear, trauma, poverty, abuse and the overwhelming responsibilities of single parenting.
The day feminism embraced sexual immorality it betrayed its own cause.”
Most people in America think so. Without some radical change in how we view the role of women and things like birth control, expect another 40 years of Roe vs. Wade.
Why are you only counting the Surgical Abortion numbers, but not the ones that also result from Chemical Abortions, which are even greater?