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Can I Be a Pro-life Feminist?
Do you feel like your desire to support women and the lives of the unborn are at odds? Pro-abortion voices have convinced us that the pro-life movement is harming and deceiving women. You are not alone.
But there is so much commonality in promoting women’s rights, providing adequate resources and being pro-life
You’re not alone. There are many feminists who advocate for women and for the right to life.
Including some of the most famous feminist activists in history. Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and their organizations often opposed abortion as being against women. Feminists for Life today follows in their footsteps and argues that abortion is the result of women not having good choices. For years, Feminists for Life has been redirecting the debate by working with those on both sides to address the root causes that drive women to abortion.
Abortion is a symptom of not meeting the needs of women.
When women cite their reasons for having an abortion, they reveal a list of reasons that usually comes down to a lack of resources and support. Often women who feel pressured into a pregnancy decision feel as though they don’t have the agency or support to choose a different option other than abortion. Therefore, the simplicity of being pro-choice isn’t really offering a comprehensive choice at all.
Tools to be a Pro-Life Feminist
Your Pro-life and feminist convictions don’t have to be at odds with each other. There are pro-woman and pro-life women all over the world who are living with both beliefs in harmony. Whether you are championing pregnant women, advocating for nursing moms, or listening to real stories from real women, there are ways to unite your pro-life and pro-woman beliefs.
These tools and resources can help you be a more engaged pro-life feminist.
This 30 minute documentary unpacks the question “can you be pro-life and a feminist”. It follows the story of three activists and their journey with a non-violent human rights ethics in the wake of Roe V Wade.
It is one thing to hear stats or reposts on social media, but real advocacy for women comes from hearing the real stories of real women impacted by abortion.
Being a pro-life feminist means advocating for mothers and pregnant women no matter where they are at. Women Deserve Better is a group that advocates for pregnant women and mother’s rights in the workplace and the world.
Did you know that mothers are 35% less likely to be hired than fathers. Evaluate your place of work to see if your company champions working mothers and pregnant women. Consider advocating for women in the workplace who are underserved and unseen.
Pro-Life Protects Women
The feminist movement advocates for the rights and equality of women, and for pro-life activists, this includes girls in the womb. By advocating for life, we fight for these women to have the chance to be born and enact change on the world.
Historically, abortion and infanticide has disproportionatly targeted females. Today, this heartbreaking trend is still prevalent in parts of the world and is being noticed here in the US. Advocating for the right to life is to advocate for thousands of women that won’t get the chance to live otherwise.
Pro-Life Empowers Women
When we talk to women who have had an abortion, we usually hear “I didn’t feel like I had a choice,” or “no one asked me: what do you want to do?”
Why is abortion normalized as the only choice for an unplanned pregnancy?
We think women need access to counseling and medically accurate education in one of the most vulnerable times in their lives. That is holistic care.
Is abortion is a right?
We feel that ending the life of another human being is never a right.
Does abortion bring hope?
We’ve seen women wrestle with enormous pain, guilt and regret after an abortion. We heard women say, “why didn’t someone tell me?” True hope is compassion, love and support amidst difficult circumstances.
Pro-woman Answers to Pro-Choice Questions
You don’t have to choose between supporting life or women.
It can feel like there’s no common ground in the abortion conversation.
But we believe that being pro-life is being pro-woman, and supporting life means supporting women – before birth and after.
Download 9 pro-woman answers to pro-choice questions.