Since the legalization of Roe v. Wade, abortion advocates have used the term “woman’s reproductive rights” to promote abortion. Such terminology makes the harsh and ugly realities of abortion sound like a necessary service to women. But since the Center for Medical Progress released undercover videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s exploitation of both women and their babies, more people are associating pro-life with pro-woman.
Surprisingly, the staunchly pro-abortion magazine Cosmopolitan recently reported on the March for Life in article “The March for Life’s New Message: “Pro-Life Is Pro-Woman.” The author Robin Marty describes this year’s theme “Pro-Life is Pro-Woman.”
She explains how abortion harms the mother, “… the question of whether safe, legal abortion access helps or hurts women is one that has divided the nation for years, and which the anti-abortion movement grows more eager to address as it continues to oppose abortion not just because it ends a pregnancy, but as a procedure that is dangerous physically and emotionally to those who undergo it.”
Furthermore, Marty quotes several pro-life women, including the president of the March for Life Jeanne Mancini. Mancini tells Marty: “We know that a message many people hear in our country is that in order to be ‘pro-woman,’ you have to be pro-choice. I would offer that nothing could be further from the truth. I see that as rhetoric and I see that as false. Life is empowering for women. A woman’s capacity to have children is an incredible thing, not something to be ashamed of.”
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Also included in the article is the wisdom of Aimee Murphy, a pro-life feminist and executive director of Life Matters Journal: “Most grassroots activists probably equate the word ‘feminism’ with ‘abortion’ when, in reality, suffragists and founding feminist foremothers like Alice Paul and Elizabeth Blackwell vehemently opposed abortion. We have a strong history of pro-life feminism, and I do ardently believe that the future of the pro-life movement is feminist; and the future of the feminist movement is pro-life.”
After presenting the pro-life perspective, Marty turns her focus to the pro-abortion argument. She does include quotes from abortion advocates, but ultimately the author leaves the reader to decide which side is truly pro-woman.
Although the article doesn’t take a stance on abortion, it is extremely significant that Cosmopolitan ran this article. The magazine caters to readers who support abortion. Hopefully, reading this non-biased article from a liberal source will allow readers to consider the pro-life position and realize that defending life at all stages protects women, including those of future generations.