Most modern feminists have made easy access to abortion the very symbol of liberation for women. The literature of the National Organization for Women repeatedly refers to abortion as "the most fundamental right of women" - more important even than the right to vote and the right to free speech. NOW has designated the protection of abortion rights as its top priority.
This is ironic, because abortion does not liberate women. On the contrary, abortion - and the perceived need for it - validate the patriarchal world view which holds that women, encumbered as they are by their reproductive capacity, are inferior to men.
Abortion liberates men, not women. There are three reasons for this:
Feminism is, properly, part of a larger philosophy that values all life. Feminists believe that all human beings have inherent worth and that this worth cannot be conferred or denied by another. True feminist thinking recognizes the interdependence of all living things and the responsibility we all have for one another. This feminism rejects the male view that sees all individuals as functioning separately from their fellows, in mutual competition.
Abortion is incompatible with this feminist vision. Abortion atomizes women. It pits them against their own children as competitors for the favors of the patriarchy. Abortion is of no great benefit to employers -- who do not have to make concessions to pregnant women and mothers, to schools -- which do not have to accommodate to the needs of parents, and to irresponsible men -- who do not have to commit themselves to their mates or their children. Women who accept abortion have agreed to sacrifice their children for the convenience of a man's world.
Women who have been liberated from male thought patterns refuse to participate in their own oppression and in the oppression of their children They refuse to accept abortion, which denigrates the life-giving capacity of women. They strive instead to create a world that recognizes the moral superiority of maternal thinking and is, therefore, gentle, loving, nurturing, and prolife. Every abortion frustrates this goal and perpetuates the patriarchy. Liberated women will not cooperate. They refuse abortion and all it represents.
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