Pro-Life Women’s Advocate Buys Birthplace Home of Susan B. Anthony
by Steven Ertelt
August 6, 2006
Adams, MA (LifeNews.com) — A pro-life advocate has purchased the historic home that was the birthplace of suffragist organizer Susan B. Anthony. In a move that fits in with her consistent opposition to abortion, Feminists for Life of America (FFL), a leading pro-life women’s group will manage the home.
Carol Crossed, of Rochester, New York, purchased the two-story, 1,566-square foot home at auction on Saturday for $164,500.
Crossed is a vice-president for Democrats for Life and a longtime supporter of FFL. She indicated an FFL member will live in the home and she hopes to eventually open it up to the public.
Susan B. Anthony was born in the Adams, Massachusetts home in 1820. Linda and James McConchie purchased the home in 1998 with the intention of turning it into a museum but they were unable to complete the project.
Anthony referred to abortion as "child murder" in her publication The Revolution and she refused to accept advertisements for drugs that would cause an abortion.
She also foresaw the problems women who had abortions would face, saying abortion would "burden her conscience in life."
In a statement provided to LifeNews.com, Feminists for Life indicated that it will manage the Anthony home and assemble a panel of experts to determine the best use for the dwelling.
“Susan B. Anthony challenged us to address the root causes that drive women to abortion—the same problems that face women who parent today,” FFL president Serrin Foster said in the statement.
“We are thrilled and grateful that Carol Crossed stepped forward to buy Susan B. Anthony’s birthplace,” Foster added, noting that her organization honored Crossed in 2003 by including her with a group of women noted as “Remarkable Pro-Life Women" for their various work on pro-life and pro-women issues.
Foster said Crossed’s purchase of the Anthony home will “keep the memory of Susan B. Anthony alive, and giving birth to a new legacy. We hope that this purchase will renew interest in the early American feminists.”
Foster indicated that her group was in line with Anthony’s thinking of systematically eliminating the reasons that drive women to abortion — including lack of practical resources and support.
Her group says that Anthony opposed abortion and felt a woman’s ability to have children empowered, rather than encumbered, women.
"Women deserve better than abortion,” Foster explained.
Related web sites:
Feminists for Life of America – https://www.feministsforlife.org