The former president of Planned Parenthood told a crowd of impressionable young college students Thursday that abortion is essential to gender equality.
The Cornell Daily Sun reports Gloria Feldt, who led the abortion chain in the 1990s and early 2000s, spoke at Cornell University during an event sponsored by Cornell Hillel. The title of her talk was “3 Truths About Sex, Power and Leadership.”
Like many pro-abortion feminists, Feldt claimed that abortion (women’s legal ability to kill their unborn babies) is empowering for women as they compete with men for power.
“Sex is about power, more than anything else,” Feldt said. “That’s why I am focused on gender parity, to change the power paradigm of our culture. We need to change the way we think about power as not just a finite pie, but as something we can all utilize to improve the world.”
The report continues:
As part of this theme, Feldt discussed the societal progress in gender equality and women’s rights that occurred over the course of her career.
This included the passage of Roe v. Wade, a landmark court case that legalized abortion within the United States, and the creation and widespread adoption of new forms of contraception like the birth control pill.
“It’s about whether women will have an equal seat at life’s table,” Feldt said of these advancements. “If we can’t have control of our own bodies, we can’t have control of much else.”
On the surface, Feldt sounds like a strong advocate for women. But a closer consideration of what she is saying reveals a demeaning and deadly agenda for women and children. She demeans women by suggesting that women cannot be equal to men unless they can kill their own children.
Ashleen Menchaca-Bagnulo, an assistant professor at Texas State University, recently responded to this dangerous and pervasive idea at The Public Discourse.
“Identifying abortion with women’s freedom is conceding the idea that male biology and male experience are the paramount ideal for human experience,” Menchaca-Bagnulo wrote. “… freedom does not require women to become like men. The price of freedom should not force us to change something essential about ourselves and our capacities.”
Nor should freedom come at the price of one’s own children. Yet, this is what pro-abortion feminists openly and proudly advocate for today.