For Florida feminist Karen Coody Cooper, women can not be equal to men unless they can abort their unborn babies.
Writing at The Palm Beach Post, Coody Cooper, an artist and poet from Lake Worth, argued that abortion is fundamental to women’s equality.
“Until women are allowed to experience the freedoms that men enjoy, our nation will be imbalanced and unjust,” Coody Cooper wrote.
Though she did not mention pro-life legislation specifically, her piece appears to be a response to a bill that passed the Florida legislature last week to ban abortions after 15 weeks. The bill could save up to 5,000 unborn babies a year.
Coody Cooper blamed male leaders, past and present, for failing to support women and children in need and quashing women’s rights and opportunities.
“Without the ability to access the same opportunities men have, women’s intellectual participation as a group will be forestalled, controlled, diminished, and lesser men will be stepping ahead of us in the line as they always have,” she wrote.
To enjoy the same opportunities as men, women must be allowed to kill their own unborn children in abortions, according to Coody Cooper’s argument.
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“The only way for women to achieve parity with men is to have the same opportunities as men,” she wrote. “When birth control measures fail to ensure that, then abortion has to be part of the female arsenal.”
She concluded her piece with a cheap jab at men, saying women might be better off if men all sterilize themselves.
“Perhaps the real solution is that all males get a vasectomy and risk reconnecting their tubes when, or if, they find the right woman who says Yes. Better yet, I would love to see a pregnant man and then we’d get this gender mess straightened out!” she wrote.
Coody Cooper’s argument actually is very anti-woman. It demeans women’s capabilities by claiming they need to sacrifice their own children’s lives to succeed, and it treats the female body as defective and the male as ideal because he cannot get pregnant.
It’s also very anti-child. An abortion intentionally kills a unique, living human being, a child whose life is supposed to be protected and cared for by its mother and father. Instead of requiring men and women to both be responsible for their children, pro-abortion activists like Coody Cooper argue that neither should have to be. And in doing so, they deny all rights and freedoms to the innocent child.