Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Susan B. Anthony and Abortion

This week the news is from my new stomping grounds. Susan B. Anthony is burried here in the Rochester Municipal Cemetery (the largest in the country) and the Susan B. Anthony Women's Studies Department shares a hall with us (the Philosophy Department). Here's the brief story:
New York Times Op-Ed Claims Susan B. Anthony Not Pro-LifeNew York, NY (LifeNews.com) -- The New York Times is coming under fire from pro-life groups for claiming that woman's suffragist leader Susan B. Anthony was not pro-life despite numerous quotes and other indications she resolutely opposed abortion. The attack comes from Stacy Schiff, who chose to write about the women's rights advocate because Carol Crossed, a longtime Feminists for Life leader, recently purchase Anthony's two-story house in which she grew up. "There is no question that she deplored the practice of abortion, as did every one of her colleagues in the suffrage movement," Schiff writes, but she goes on to question Anthony on abortion anyway. Feminists for Life has routinely cited an 1869 article in her newspaper denouncing “child murder,” labeling abortion “a most monstrous crime,” and advocating its end. Anthony even talks about post-abortion problems when she says an abortion "will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death.” But, Schiff claims Anthony did not believe in making abortion illegal and she claims that editors of Anthony's papers say she did not write the article in question.
I'll be looking into this a bit as I have time.
(Full Story)

Here's the end of the full story, it's too good to miss:

Ultimately, Foster said Schiff’s summary of the early feminists’ beliefs parallels her own previous analysis that "Without known exception, the early American feminists condemned abortion in the strongest possible terms."
"No revisionist history or claims of not knowing what a historical figure would think about a current issue, no matter how amusingly worded, will erase the clear legacy of this heroic woman," Foster concludes.

The Feminists for Life website has some nice historical stuff here.


Blogger aus blog said...

World estimations of the number of terminations carried out each year is somewhere between 20 and 88 million.

3,500 per day / 1.3 million per year in America alone.

50% of that 1.3 million claimed failed birth control was to blame.

A further 48% had failed to use any birth control at all.

And 2% had medical reasons.

That means a stagering 98% may have been avoided had an effective birth control been used.

Bill Clinton once said that abortions should be available , safe and RARE. He is a wise man.

I'd like to see an ultrasound in every clinnic to provide a more informed choice,
before going through with something they may regret.

I'd also like to see effective birth control made available to all who can't afford it.

Have you seen ( HOT OFF THE SHOW! Throw-away babies )
a blog by Sharon Hughes?

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 7:11:00 PM  
Blogger Trent_Dougherty said...

I don't think you've got your birth-control stats correct.

And to trust self-reporting "failed" birth control is very naive. It usually means they *failed* to use it correctly.

What you're missing, historically, is that the birth control revolution paved the way for the abortion holocaust.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006 7:40:00 PM  
Blogger aus blog said...

Have you seen ( HOT OFF THE SHOW! Throw-away babies )

It's a blog by Sharon Hughes?

Wednesday, October 18, 2006 9:40:00 AM  
Blogger Trent_Dougherty said...


Wednesday, October 18, 2006 12:55:00 PM  
Blogger aus blog said...


*failed* to use it correctly.

For most,truth be known *failed to use it AT ALL.

Sunday, October 22, 2006 11:18:00 PM  

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