So I kind of went on a tear on Facebook the other day. I flipped out just a little bit. Here’s what I said: “When certain people assume that “women” all believe the same things and support the same issues I get really, really irritated. It’s patronizing and ANTI-FEMINIST to act like all women think the same way and have the same opinions.”
What brought this on? The sanctifying of the latest liberal media darling, Wendy Davis. As Kirsten Powers stated, I don’t stand with Wendy Davis. She does not speak for me, nor does she speak for a majority of women, and I am tired of reading articles that assert that women as a group embrace all of the same interests and convictions.
Kirsten Powers cites a recent National Journal poll in which 50% of women FAVORED a ban on abortions after 20 weeks. According to Nate Silver, more women than men support such a ban! Even 33% of Democrats support it–a sizable minority that Democratic leadership would do well to note.
Seventeen of my friends liked my Facebook status–several of them liberal women, I am pleased to report–indicating that I’m not the only one who doesn’t like being told what I think or what I should think.
I didn’t stop with the Facebook status, though. Since clearly there is a lot of misinformation out there about who is against abortion (hint: it’s not exclusively old white Republican men) I started posting information about surprising (that is, if you are close-minded and like to put people in boxes according to categories) groups that oppose abortion. And I would like to share some of those groups with you.
1. Feminists for Life: “Women deserve better than abortion.”
2. Democrats for Life: “We believe in the fundamental worth, dignity, and equality of all people. We believe that the protection of human life is the foundation of human right authentic freedom, and good government.”
3. National Black Pro-life Coalition: “The National Black ProLife Coalition is a network of prolife and pro-family organizations committed to restoring a culture that celebrates Life and Family cultivating Hope in the black community.”
4. Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians: “To challenge the notion of abortion as acceptable, to bear witness to the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Trangendered (GLBT) community that abortion rights and GLBT rights are not one and the same, and to work towards those alternatives that are life-affirming as well as pro-woman.”
5. Atheistic and Agnostic Pro-lifers: “… because life is all there is and all that matters, and abortion destroys the life of an innocent human being.“
6. New Wave Feminists: “New Wave Feminists are here to take feminism back from those who have corrupted it. Sometime before we were born our womanhood was traded in for a handful of birth control pills, the “privilege” to pose for playboy, and the “right” to abort our children so we could work a desk job. We embrace the early American feminism of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, which was righteous, virtuous, intelligent and moral.”
7. Secular Pro-life: “If you are pro-life because abortion violates the Constitutional right to life, science shows that human life begins at conception, abortion hurts women, or for any other non-religious reason: make yourself at home! Here you will meet like-minded atheists, theists, and agnostics who are eager to save lives and fight the media portrayal of pro-lifers as “religious extremists.””
8. Libertarians for Life: “Libertarianism’s basic principle is that each of us has the obligation not to aggress against (violate the rights of) anyone else — for any reason (personal, social, or political), however worthy. That is a clearly pro-life principle. Recognizing that, and seeing the abortion-choice drift within the libertarian movement, Libertarians for Life was founded in 1976 to show why abortion is a wrong under justice, not a right.”
9. Students for Life: “Our mission: abolish abortion in our lifetime.”
10. Pro-life Pagans: “If the Life of a single tree, flower, or frog, is to be respected then why not our own? If fertility is sacred and to be celebrated in 3 festivals a year then why would we commit the opposite of life and fertility?”
I’ll stop with ten, because it’s a nice round number. I’m sure I’d find more, if I looked.
UPDATE: I didn’t exactly look, but I’ve stumbled across a few more I’m going to add to the list.
11. Pro-life Liberals: “We support the right to life and quality of life both before and after birth.”
12. The New Pro-Life Movement: “The mission of the The New Pro-Life Movement (NPLM) is to reexamine what it means to be pro-life in the 21st century.”
13. The Jewish Pro-Life Foundation: “We seek to save Jewish lives by promoting alternatives to abortion in the Jewish community.“
If you are pro-choice, I hope you will stop and think the next time you assume that all women agree with you, or should agree with you just because of their gender. If you are a conventionally conservative religious pro-lifer, I hope you will find some new allies in this list and realize that it’s just as bad for YOU to assume that no one could possibly be [fill in the blank] and be against abortion.