Why the Pro-Life Movement Is the Authentic Women’s Movement
The funny thing about Women’s History Month is that certain leaders, events, or even movements tend to be forgotten. For example, the early women’s rights leaders, such as Susan B. Anthony and Alice Paul, were pro-life and believed that abortion was bad for women.
At the 2016 March for Life Conference and rally, attendees had the opportunity to hear from author and speaker, Sue Ellen Browder. Browder, who has appeared on Oprah, the Today Show, and hundreds of radio talk shows, made the argument that it is the March for Life and the pro-life movement that is the authentic women’s movement, even though this might seem contrary to what is often portrayed about women’s history on the pages of the New York Times or other similar popular publications.
It is Browder’s experience working for Cosmopolitan, New Woman, Woman’s Day, and other magazines watching the women’s movement unfold on the public stage and behind the scenes that have given her a knowledge and conviction that the pro-life movement truly has the best interests of women at heart.
From Browder’s bio:
“Trained at the University of Missouri School of Journalism as an investigative journalist, Browder unwittingly betrayed her true calling and became a propagandist for sexual liberation. She did not realize until much later that propagandists higher and cleverer than herself were influencing her thinking and her personal choices as they subverted the women’s movement. Her most recent book Subverted: How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Woman’s Movement sets the record straight and illumines a way forward for others who have suffered from the unholy alliance between the women’s movement and the sexual revolution.”
WATCH Browder’s keynote speech at the March for Life Conference, “Why the Pro-Life Movement Is the Authentic Women’s Movement.”
As Browder concludes, abortion is not the empowering “good” it is often claimed to be but rather is ultimately bad and damaging for women. In an op-ed about the March for Life, she writes with March for Life President Jeanne Mancini,
“A pregnant woman and her baby are not radically separate individuals with isolated human rights “at war” with one another. A woman and her baby are a “unity of two persons” interconnected in love with everyone and everything. Whatever harms the baby harms the mother, whatever harms the mother harms the baby, and whatever harms either of them harms us all.”
Even as women’s history month comes to a close, we will continue to tell the true story, that pro-life and pro-woman go hand in hand!