By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director
The devastating impact that the abortion industry has had on women is crystal-clear in the recently-released book, The Abolition of Woman by Fiorella Nash.
Nash is a women’s rights activist, stating at the beginning of her book, “Like many women of my generation, I like to imagine that I would have been a suffragette if I had been living over a hundred years ago…”
She experienced in pro-life feminist groups a “relief that pro-life women had a ‘safe place’ to go intellectually, and the capacity to fight for equality without being forced to go against their own consciences.”
She holds that the abortion industry has betrayed women, based on an ideology that denies science. “Denial has always been a necessary defense mechanism for abortion advocates, but rather than have the courage to face scientific realities head-on, many supporters of abortion hide behind ever more elaborate and misleading language to conceal the truth of what abortion involves.”
Such obfuscation includes referring to unborn babies as “products of conception” or “pregnancy tissue.” The height of this hypocrisy came when former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards “continued to refer to ‘our involvement with fetal tissue research’ when members of her own organization had been caught on camera candidly discussing the value of baby livers and eyeballs.”
To be pro-life is to be pro-woman–to recognize the full humanity of both mother and child. It is to celebrate life at all its stages and phases, and to empower women to make life-affirming decisions for themselves and their families. One can advocate strongly for both women and preborn babies and not shortchange either one of them.