Celebrated feminist Gloria Steinem has a problem with being called “pro-abortion.”
Steinem has been advocating for abortion for decades across the world as part of her brand of feminism. She once described aborting unborn babies as a “fundamental human right,” and she sometimes wears T-shirts proclaiming, “I had an abortion.” Steinem had an illegal abortion in 1957 because she said she didn’t want to “tie herself to a man who wasn’t right for her.”
During an interview Tuesday with the Associated Press, Steinem claimed that she is not pro-abortion. She said she simply wants women to be allowed to decide when and whether to have children. However, she did not explain that her position would allow women who already have children inside their wombs to have them aborted
Steinem also spoke Tuesday at a centennial gala fundraiser for Planned Parenthood of Greater Ohio, as pro-lifers protested outside.
Here’s more from the report:
While sponsors of the gala shelled out up to $50,000 to attend the event where Steinem was featured, Ohio Right to Life labeled her a “radical pro-abortion icon” and called Planned Parenthood a de-humanizing organization.
“If they supported me, I’d know I was doing something wrong,” Steinem said of the anti-abortion group. “It’s obviously ridiculous to say somebody is ‘pro-abortion.’ Nobody wakes up in the morning and says, ‘I think I’ll have an abortion. It’s a pleasurable experience.’ The question is not pro-abortion or anti-abortion, the question is who makes the decision: a woman and her physician, or the government.”
Later, she continued:
Steinem said she initially thought that the premise that women should be treated as men’s equals would be so obvious that everyone would believe it once it was explained. But she has watched as the same arguments have had to be made over and over again. Having to fight again the battles of the women’s movement’s “grandmothers” has been a key rallying cry for the left since Republican President Donald Trump’s election.
“The good news is much better than the bad news,” she said. “But it does mean that all the folks who want the old hierarchy — want ‘America to be great again’ in the old ways of race and sex — are alarmed.”
Pro-lifer Emma Mysko, who protested the abortion chain’s gala Tuesday, pointed out the key problem with Steinem’s statements.
“She is standing for a great human injustice,” Mysko told the AP. “She is in there helping Planned Parenthood raise money to kill more human beings.”
Abortion activists like Steinem often talk about abortion being a difficult decision, a complex issue that women alone should decide. Many do not like to be labeled “pro-abortion” because abortion has a negative connotation. The problem is that they do not explain why abortion is such a difficult, complex issue.
Mysko did. An abortion destroys the life of the woman’s own unique, living unborn child – a human being who deserves a right to life. If this is true (and biologically, it is), why should abortion be allowed? But if an abortion is just a medical procedure, why shouldn’t abortion activists like Steinem embrace the term “pro-abortion”?