February 1, 2012
I’ve been thinking a lot about pro life issues since the March for Life. One of the ideas that struck me was that a lot of people who are pro choice think that having access to abortions also means women’s rights and female empowerment. I couldn’t disagree more.
When I think of female empowerment, I think of women being welcomed, respected, and honored for exactly who they are – women. It doesn’t mean becoming like men in the least bit. What I thought was that by having abortions, women are able to become more like men in that they reject what is naturally theirs: motherhood. I think that women, in having abortions, lose the sense of the awesomeness that is motherhood, and then pro choice people have the great idea to say that this is a good thing.
If you really wanted female empowerment, you would get rid of the need for abortion – you would make it easier for women to be women and not force them into the mold of men. It seems like a lot of the feminist movement tries to say that women should be more like men, or at least appear to be more like men, in order to gain rights. I think that’s incredibly stupid. Feminism is about femininity. If you say that being a feminist or doing something that will get you rights as a woman means becoming more like a man, you have accomplished nothing. You have only let men know that their gender is the only one that’s respectable – after all, if you’re trying to gain rights by trying to be like them, then obviously the only gender worth being is male.
Now, maybe that’s a bit of an extremist thought. But it’s not like you see men lining up trying to be more like women.
Furthermore, thanks to this thinking, we see men who have lost their sense of identity. If equal rights means that we also have to act the same and be the same, then where does that leave gender identity? Lost in a sea of stupid thinking, that’s where.
Men no longer know how to be men, and women no longer know how to be women. Now let’s give a big round of applause to contraception and abortion for that one!
Maybe I’m being too cynical and pessimistic. But if you ask me, if you want to reduce “unwanted” pregnancy, give women and men a reason to respect, promote, and nurture pregnancy and children more. Till we do that, all of these ideas of women’s rights entangled with abortion will continue to exist.