Huh? In my mind the pro-choice movement had monopolized the issue of women's rights, but as I stood holding that sign, I began to really think about which side has women's best interests in mind.
Since then I've come across a group called Feminists for Life. This group teaches that a true defense of women's right would protect a woman's right to have an education and a child, or a career and a child, and not this either/or mentality that the pro-choice movement pushes.
Thanks to Jane Sullivan Roberts (John Roberts' wife) involvement with Feminists for Life, it's been getting some great media coverage and I hope everyone will take the time to visit FFL and read what they are all about.
Where does Feminists for Life fit in the Pro-Life Community, Rob Moll, Christianity Today
Feminists for Life is where the policy meets the pavement, Foster told Christianity Today. By addressing the forces that push women toward abortion, Feminists for Life tries to make abortion "unthinkable," not just illegal. Whether lack of support from a father, the need to work full-time, or a lack of resources on a college campus to care for a child, their feminist concern for the vulnerable motivates their concern for both the baby and the woman. Major legal pushes recently have included passage of the Violence Against Women Act, fighting the family cap on welfare, and supporting laws enforcing child support.
The Bible and feminists.
Feminists for Life builds upon the work of the early American feminists who found their feminist moorings in the Bible, says Haddad. "Secular feminists often place their feminist convictions above the authority of Scripture. The early feminists were suffragists because they believed their Christian voice had an important place in the public square."
Feminists for Life Refuse to Choose, Dallas Morning News
Changing the Tone, Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review
When Heaton won her first "Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series" Emmy in 2000 for Everybody Loves Raymond, she thanked her mother for "letting me out because life is really amazing." That's the kind of honest, happy enthusiasm FFL brings to the "pro-life" cause and the abortion debate in America. Just a genuine love for life and desire to get us all protecting it. One of Heaton's FFL sound bites is: "women who experience an unplanned pregnancy also deserve unplanned joy." FFL's attitude is that women — especially frightened, anxious women — deserve to know that. The ad I see most from Feminists for Life reads: "Abortion is a reflection that we have not met the needs of women. Women deserve better than abortion." Every life involved in an abortion, including the baby, the mother and the father, is precious — and Feminists for Life is working toward a more complete conversation about abortion and its inhumanity.
Pro-life Feminism is No Oxymoron, Crispen Sartwell, Christian Science Monitor