Abortion Activists Wore White at SOTU to Celebrate Suffragists, But Early Feminists Were Pro-Life

National   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 6, 2020   |   4:32PM   |   Washington, DC

Pro-abortion Democrat female lawmakers dressed in white again Tuesday for President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address.

Supposedly, the white garments worn by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others symbolized the early suffragettes and their tireless advocacy for women’s rights. Many Democrat lawmakers also wore green buttons that read “ERA YES” in support of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), which could be used to overturn all restrictions on abortion in the U.S.

Both the ERA and those defending it appear to be pro-woman, but abortion really is at the core.

The proposed constitutional amendment states that “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.” But both pro-life leaders and abortion activists say the ERA language could be used to end all abortion restrictions, even common-sense laws such as parental consent for minors and the partial-birth abortion ban. It also could force taxpayers to pay for abortions, something most Americans oppose.

Abortion advocacy also was a motive of the pro-abortion lawmakers’ demonstration Tuesday during Trump’s speech. Many of the same pro-abortion Democrat lawmakers wore white for Trump’s 2019 address as well.

Abortion advocacy is not pro-woman. As LifeNews pointed out Tuesday, the early suffragettes were unashamedly pro-life.

The first-wave feminists took the opposite position on abortion to many feminists today. Suffragette Alice Paul, who was instrumental in campaigning for women’s right to vote, described abortion as “the ultimate exploitation of women.”

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Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton also took a firm stand for unborn babies by refusing to publish ads for abortion in their newspaper, “The Revolution.” They also ran a number of articles and editorials against abortion.

Victoria Woodhull, the first woman to run for president of the U.S., wrote about the injustice of abortion in her feminist newspaper:

Wives deliberately permit themselves to become pregnant of children and then, to prevent becoming mothers, as deliberately murder them while yet in their wombs. Can there be a more demoralized condition than this?… We are aware that many women attempt to excuse themselves for procuring abortions, upon the ground that it is not murder. But the fact of resort to so weak an argument only shows the more palpably that they fully realize the enormity of the crime.”

Some of America’s first female doctors, suffragette Drs. Elizabeth Blackwell and Charlotte Lozier, opposed abortion as well. Even mainstream media outlets, including the BBC, readily acknowledge that the early feminists were opposed to abortion.

The Democrat politicians in white do not represent the early feminists any more than they represent women today. Their policies support destroying the lives of babies in the womb just because they are girls, allowing abortion facilities to operate unchecked and unregulated, and even permitting infanticide. In the past 12 months, Pelosi and pro-abortion Democrat lawmakers blocked a bill to protect newborn abortion survivors from infanticide at least 80 times.

These views are abhorrent to most Americans, including most women.

Many women today are fighting back against the notion that killing an unborn baby is freedom. They are advancing the early feminists’ wisdom by supporting both mothers and their unborn babies. Pro-life feminists of today and yesteryear know the truth, that women never will gain freedom by destroying the rights of their own children. Only by furthering the rights of both mothers and their children will individuals truly be free.