Kelly Ayotte Win Shifts Feminism to Pro-Life Side in Senate

Opinion   |   Maura Butler   |   Nov 9, 2010   |   4:54PM   |   Washington, DC

By now, we all know a shift took place last Tuesday as the American people made their voices heard at the ballot box. 
The year of the pro-life woman led this shift to a pro-life majority in the House of Representatives and four pro-life women governors – Jan Brewer (R-AZ), Susana Martinez (R-NM), Nikki Haley (R-SC) and Mary Fallin (R-OK).  That’s twice as many pro-life women in governorships than pro-abortion women.

But one of the most exciting victories was New Hampshire’s Kelly Ayotte. 

She will fill a major void is the U.S. Senate as it no longer lacks a woman’s pro-life voice.  The likes of Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein cannot tell her she doesn’t speak for women.  Ayotte represents the flowering of the original pro-life roots of the women’s movement which rejected the notion that the rights of unborn children and their mothers could be separate.
Alice Paul, author of the original Equal Rights Amendment, called abortion “child murder.”  As the feminist movement evolved from the right to vote through the sexual revolution, feminist leaders lost focus of the true meaning of equality, and lost sight of our feminine identity as essential to what makes us women.  The profound gift of bearing children became a burden, and the “right” to terminate the lives of our children emerged as the lynchpin of feminist politics. 

 This election cycle challenged that dogma as strong, intelligent, successful, pro-life women stole the stage from traditional feminists, redefining what it means to be a woman in politics.

A running tally of pro-life woman candidate victories and pro-abortion woman candidate defeats can be viewed here.