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The feminism pro – life is the opposition to abortion by feminists who believe that the principles that support the rights of women also support the right to life of prenatal humans. Pro-life feminists believe that abortion has served to hurt women rather than to benefit them.

The feminist movement for life began to take shape in the mid-1970s with the founding of Feminists for Life in the United States and Women for Life in Britain, those seeking legal change in these nations where abortion Was widely permitted. 1 Feminist for Life and Susan B. Anthony’s List are the two most prominent pro-life feminist organizations in the United States.

Vision and objectives

Pro-life feminists believe that the legal abortion option “supports anti-maternity political and social attitudes that restrict women’s citizenship.” 2 Laury Oaks, Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, writes that when abortion is legal, the pro – feminists believe that “women end up seeing pregnancy and motherhood as an obstacle to their full participation in the Education and the workplace, ” 2 and describes feminist activism provided in Ireland more as being” pro-mother “than” pro-woman “. 1 Oaks notes that while opponents of abortion in Ireland value motherhood and are critical of the notion that women have “a ‘right’ to an identity beyond motherhood,” some, such as Breda O’Brien , Founder of Feminists for Life in Ireland, also offer arguments inspired by feminism according to which the contributions of women to society are not limited to such functions. 1

Generally provided feminist organizations do not distinguish between their views regarding abortion as a legal, moral and medical procedure. 2 Such distinctions are made by many women, for example, some who would not abort a pregnancy of their own but prefer abortion to remain legal. 2

Prominent American feminist organizations seek to end abortion in the country. Susan B Anthony’s List establishes this as her “ultimate goal,” 3 and the founder of Feminists for Life, Serrin Foster, said that they “oppose abortion in all cases because violence is a violation of basic principles Feminists “. 2 4

Relationship with other movements

Provided feminists are more part of the anti-abortion movement than the feminist movement. 2 During the second wave of feminism in the 1960s and 1970s emerging feminist groups prolife were rejected by leading feminist groups who argued that for a woman to participate fully in society, the right “moral and legal control of their fertility “Is a fundamental principle. 2 From your point of view feminists for life said that the great feminist groups not speak for all women. 2

Having failed to obtain a position respected by the large feminist groups, 2 the feminists provided were aligned with anti-abortion groups and for the right to life. This act, according to Oaks, has depleted the feminist sense that identified them and separated them from other groups provided, despite their “pro-woman” arguments that other than the “fetal rights” arguments that other anti- Use. 2

Feminists of century XIX

Feminist groups provided say they are continuators of the tradition of nineteenth-century women’s rights activists such as Susan B. Anthony , Elizabeth Cady Stanton , Matilda Joslyn Gage , Victoria Woodhull , Elizabeth Blackwell and Alice Paul who considered abortion As an evil forced by man to woman. 5 6 7 In his paper, The Revolution , published letters, essays and editorials debating many issues, including articles crying out “child murderer” and “infanticide.” 5

At the end of the twentieth century the debate about Susan B. Anthony’s position on abortion was opened: American feminists use words and images of Anthony to promote the cause provided. Nineteenth-century American feminist scholars and pro-choice activists opposed what they saw as an attack on Anthony’s legacy and suffragette stance, saying that the pro-choice activists are attributing false opinions to Anthony and using 19th century words for Current debate on abortion may be misunderstood. Referring to Fig.


  1. ↑ Jump to:a b c Oaks, Laury (2000). « ‘ Pro-Woman, Pro-Life’? The Emergence of Pro-Life Feminism in Irish Anti-Abortion Discourses and Practices. Irish Journal of Feminist Studies 4 (1): 73-90.
  2. ↑ Jump to:a b c d e f g h i j Oaks, Laury (Spring 2009). «What Are Pro-Life Feminists Doing on Campus?» . NWSA Journal 21 (1): 178-203. ISSN  1040-0656 .
  3. Back to top↑ «SBA List Mission: Advancing, Mobilizing and Representing Pro-Life Women» . Susan B. Anthony List. 2008 . Retrieved on October 18, 2010 . «The realization of our final goal of ending abortion in the country …»
  4. Back to top↑ The Nation . August 11, 2005. Katha Pollitt. Reproductive Rights. Feminists for (Fetal) Life: subject to debate . Retrieved on May 11, 2009.
  5. ↑ Jump to:a b Kate O’Beirne, excerpt from ‘Women Who Make the World Worse: and How Their Radical Feminist Assault Is Ruining Our Schools, Families, Military, and Sports’ National Review January 23, 2006 . Archived from the original on February 3, 2006. Retrieved on March 30, 2012
  6. Back to top↑ SBA List – Early Suffragists
  7. Back to top↑ “Abortion and the early feminists” . BBC . Retrieved March 31, 2012.
  8. Back to top↑ Stevens, Allison (October 6, 2006). “Susan B. Anthony’s Abortion Position Spurs Scuffle .” Women’s eNews . Accessed November 21, 2009 .