An Early Feminist Speaks

No matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death, but oh, thrice guilty is he who, for selfish gratification, heedless of her prayers, indifferent to her fate, drove her to the desperation that impelled her to the crime! 

– Susan B. Anthony

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4 Comments on “An Early Feminist Speaks”

  1. Christina Says:

    Truer words were never spoken. What a tragedy that today’s feminist movement has so completely lost sight of Susan B. Anthony’s vision.


  2. Thank you for posting this. I had never heard this quote, and I find myself a little uncomfortable in the blogosphere because the overwhelming climate seems very much in favor of abortion. My blog is not really political, but I hesitate sometimes to even mention these things. Very brave. And I’ve enjoyed reading your posts.

  3. theclitremedy Says:

    I read a piece in my daily broadsheet today about a 9 year old girl and her doctor who have been excommunicated by the Catholic church in Brazil, for terminating her 4 month gestation twins. The stepfather, who “allegedly” raped her (is it possible for a 9 year old to consent to sex? Um, no) has NOT been excommunicated, because his sin was apparently, while heinous, not as bad as hers.

    A 9 year old rape/incest victim with twins. Whose pregnancy the doctors *had* to terminate because they were pretty sure that carrying twins to term would kill her.

    Pretty quotes from Susan B. Anthony don’t change the fact that another woman’s/girl’s abortion is none of your business.

    • elowyn Says:

      Yes. Because an extreme case involving a 9 year old is the standard by which we should make all rules. I’ve sent dozens of women for surgery for ectopic pregnancies (newsflash – often a living embryo there!) without a moral qualm in the world.

      The vast, vast majority of abortions aren’t done to save the mother’s life. And yes, when someone chooses to end someone else’s life, it is my business. It’s everyone’s business. And the someone doing it had better have a damned good reason. “Otherwise she’ll die” qualifies nicely. “The condom broke” not so much.


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