Susan B. Anthony’s Views On Abortion

Susan B. Anthony, Abortion, Pregnant, Pro-Choice, Pro-Life

One of the most famous names associated with the early feminist movement is that of Susan B. Anthony.

Anthony dedicated much of her life to fighting for women’s rights in a variety of areas, including the right to vote, own property, and work.

Along with these important issues, she also fought for the right for life.

Susan B. Anthony was very pro-life, and she stated as much publicly.

She once said,

“Sweeter even than to have had the joy of caring for children of my own has it been to me to help bring about a better state of things for mothers generally, so their unborn little ones could not be willed away from them” [1].

Anthony was never married and never had children, but she knew that it was not necessary to personally have children or even be a woman to realize how very wrong abortion is.

Anthony once wrote,

Guilty? Yes. No matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; But oh, thrice guilty is he who drove her to the desperation which impelled her to the crime!” [2].

The words of Susan B. Anthony help people understand the tremendous guilt that a woman feels after undergoing an abortion.

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References

[1] Pro-Life America. “Celebs say abortion hurts women, that Roe v. Wade is wrong.” Pro-Life America. N.p., 2005. Web. 4 Jul 2011. http://www.prolife.com/celeb.htm

[2] Feminists for Life of America. (2011). “Voices of Our Feminist Foremothers.” Feminists for Life of America, n.d. Web. 4 Jul 2011. http://www.feministsforlife.org/history/foremoth.htm

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