Feminists for Life at Yale
The Yale Daily News reports today:
"At Yale Law School last Friday, the senior communications specialist for the Feminists for Life of America argued that resources for pregnant students and staff at universities need to be more available so they do not feel that abortion is the only option. While some students in the audience questioned whether, as Winn claimed, a true feminist could be pro-life, four of those interviewed said Winn presented a side of the abortion debate that they had not previously heard."
"When asked how this viewpoint could coincide with feminism, she asserted that abortion is violent and that violence breaks the tenet of feminism."
Violence does break ONE of the tenets of feminism, but anti-violence is not THE central tenet of feminism. The central tenet of feminism is that women deserve the same rights, opportunities and access as men.
Just as men shouldn't be subjected to violence, nor should women. But the violence of an abortion is a voluntary one that a woman consents to endure, because she deserves to choose what happens to her body. If she doesn't choose to carry a pregnancy to term, and decides to terminate it in a violent manner (because there is no non-violent way to terminate a pregnancy), that is her choice, and is a very different kind of violence to, say, domestic violence, which is inflicted on a woman against her will.
To equate the violence of an abortion, which is willingly endured by a woman, with violence that is forced upon her, is to belittle women's intelligence, as though to suggest that a woman who decides to have an abortion doesn't understand how traumatic the experience will be. Women know how traumatic an abortion might be. And yet, they choose to do it anyway. Because women know what's best for them.
And, honestly, while I agree that there should be more support for pregnant students on college campuses, I think that if Feminists for Life really cared about women, and really wanted to prevent abortions, they'd throw their efforts behind contraception and comprehensive sex education, not behind forcing young women to carry to term babies they aren't prepared to have.
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