Feminism that supports the violent destruction of babies in the womb “is not real feminism,” former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said recently.
The pro-life political leader is slated to speak Monday at the Susan B. Anthony List annual gala. Her speech will be live streamed online starting at 7:30 p.m.
Haley, who recently served as the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, slammed abortion activists for demanding that women conform to their pro-abortion agenda, Axios reports.
“Unfortunately, many on the left use the abortion debate to divide women and demand conformity,” she said. “They do this in the name of feminism. But that is not real feminism.”
True feminism does not pit a woman against her own child, or tell women that they need to abort their unborn babies to achieve equality with men. Susan B. Anthony and many of the other early feminists believed that abortion was evil.
As Anthony once wrote in defense of the unborn, “Sweeter even than to have had the joy of children of my own has it been for me to help bring about a better state of things for mothers generally, so that their unborn little ones could not be willed away from them.”
On Monday, Haley will continue to uphold that early feminist mission to defend mothers and children from abortion.
“The idea that women must adhere to a particular set of values is one of the most anti-women ideas in today’s culture. It is a rejection of the ideas of equality and tolerance that the women’s movement is supposed to be about,” Haley said.
“As a pro-life, female governor, I was blessed with a unique platform, and I made every effort to use it appropriately. Not to lob attacks at people who disagreed with me, not to diminish the other side, but to reframe the debate. To explain that being pro-life is not about being for or against women. It is about being for a baby’s right to live — the most basic right there is,” she concluded.
Haley’s pro-life record in South Carolina earned her wide-spread support from pro-life organizations.
In 2015, after Haley ordered an investigation of abortion clinics in the state following a national scandal involving Planned Parenthood allegedly selling aborted babies’ body parts, state health officials found multiple violations. Haley said the investigation found violations of laws or regulations by all three abortion clinics in the state, including one operated by Planned Parenthood.
In 2012, Haley signed two key pro-life bills aimed at protecting unborn children and stopping abortions in South Carolina.
One was the Opt Out of Abortion Act, which prohibits abortion coverage in state Obamacare plans. The other was the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, which protects babies who are born alive after a failed abortion but may be purposefully left to die afterwards. The legislation defines an infant born alive as a person even if the baby survives an abortion attempt and makes it so babies who are born alive under any circumstances cannot be treated as medical waste, or deliberately killed because they are unwanted.