The pro-choice crowd continues to use the sales pitch that legal abortion is something that empowers women. This is, of course, and out-an-out lie.
If you want to see the weakest and most subservient women in America, just stand in front of the nearest abortion clinic and look at the faces of the customers going inside. What you will see is sadness, desperation, fear, and resignation.
What you will not see is women who feel empowered or in control. These faces make it clear that, like suicide, abortion is a choice made by tragic people who have been convinced they have no choice. Better than anyone else, women who submit to abortion understand why no woman was ever admired for her abortion, and why no woman ever bragged about her abortion, and why no woman ever climbed off an abortionist's table felling better about herself than she did when she climbed onto it.
This loony idea that having a clean place to kill their babies is the cornerstone of women's equality, is simply a marketing tool of the abortion industry. It is also a perversion of real feminism. With almost no exceptions, pioneers of the women's movement like Susan B. Anthony, Mattie Brinkerhoff, Sarah Norton, Emma Goldman, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were outspoken opponents of legal abortion. Alice Paul, who wrote the original Equal Rights Amendment, called abortion the ultimate exploitation of women. Even suffragist newspapers such as Woodhull's and Claflin's Weekly had editorial policies which openly attacked both abortion and abortionists.
These early feminists never bought the idea that women need surgery in order to be equal to men. They saw that abortion is patronizing and paternalistic and that a woman's willingness to submit to it doesn't free her, it devalues her. They also understood that legalized abortion is nothing more than a safety net for sexually predatory and sexually irresponsible men. And that may explain why – since the day this battle began – polls have consistently shown that the greatest support for legal abortion comes from men, not women.
The fact is, as pro-life feminist Melissa Simmons-Tulin once said, “Women will never climb to equality over the dead bodies of their children.”