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The Best Article Ever Written About Abortion-The sisterhood, 27 years later
The Washington Times ^ | January 24, 2000 | Barbara Curtis

Posted on 01/22/2003 6:35:00 AM PST by Skooz

The Washington Times
The sisterhood, 27 years later
January 24, 2000

Barbara Curtis

Twenty-seven years ago, nine black-robed men handed feminists a triumph that would try our souls, and - I have come to believe - find them wanting.

On Jan. 22, 1973, when the "Sisterhood is Powerful" crowd rejoiced at the outcome of Roe vs. Wade, I was with them - a Washington radical feminist scholar/abortion rights advocate, much in demand as a spokeswoman by virtue of my motherhood. After all, who better to illustrate the righteous need for abortion than a young woman with a future, already encumbered by a 3-year-old in day care?

Five years later in San Francisco, that same little girl clutched my hand as we struggled against the chilly Van Ness Avenue wind on our way to some euphemistically styled "women's health clinic."

"Samantha," I explained, ever the politically vigilant parent, "Mommy is pregnant. But since Jasmine's only 2 and I'm not married anymore, this just isn't a good time to have a baby. We're lucky women have a choice."

I was proud of the legacy we would leave my daughter's generation. Thanks to the second wave of feminism, abortion was now available, accessible and not much worse than a trip to the dentist. Paid for by the state of California, to boot. And on the morning of my own abortion, I was feeling a little extra righteous. After years of posturing and sloganeering, I finally had an opportunity to demonstrate my core beliefs - like a rite of passage.

Or a sacrament.

And in the 27 years since Roe vs. Wade, isn't that what it's now become? Consider the sacred ground around abortion temples, free speech suspended so as not to hinder partaking of the ritual within and abortion providers occupying pedestals for their noble efforts. Heretics dare not blaspheme by calling a fetus a baby or what happens to it murder. And as though in the grip of a state religion, the media use only sanctioned terms: pro-choice, reproductive rights, products of conception.

Consider: While every other political group is permitted to baptize itself and demonstrate publicly, those who call themselves pro-life are branded by the media anti-abortion extremists and charged with racketeering.

But who's extreme? For all the left's vaunted respect for multiculturalism, pro-abortion evangels - like missionaries of old - spend vast amounts of time, energy and taxpayer money crusading into the Third World to bring the "good news" of "family planning" to primitives whose backward belief systems stand in the way of their salvation. Like religious zealots arriving on your doorstep when what you really need is an ambulance, they rush to ravaged lands such as Kosovo with abortion kits aplenty for those in dire need of more life-sustaining commodities such as medicine, food and water.

And what about here at home? In the United States, according to the very pro-abortion Alan Guttmacher Institute, 34 million abortions took place from 1973 to 1996. That's a million and a half per year. Who knows what genius men and women were whooshed away from our midst and with them what art, what music, what inventions, what cures.

How about it, sisters? Especially those of you who rode the crest of the second wave with me: Did you ever dream that this was where we were headed? Did you ever dream we would call a politician a friend to women - no matter how flagrantly he exploited them - as long as he continued to back abortion on demand? Did you ever dream we would enter the realms of denial required to condone a procedure in which a perfectly viable infant is pulled feet first through the birth canal until all but herhead is exposed, then stabbed in the skull to suck out her brains, delivered dead and sold to the highest bidder for body parts?

That's "a certain type of late-term procedure," according to modern feminists, who have twisted themselves like pretzels to pretend the dream did not turn into a nightmare.

Perhaps it's time to wake up and slap some cold water on our faces. Time to stop the hypocrisy, to sever the ideals of feminism - dignity for women, equal status, equal opportunity, equal pay - from what has become a religious devotion to death.

We should have listened to our mothers - the feminist ones, that is.

Susan B. Anthony, now featured on our currency, wasn't thinking of political correctness when she referred to abortion as "child murder." Nor when she wrote: "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!"

Elizabeth Cady Stanton, with her anti-slavery perspective, wrote, "When we consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit."

Mattie Brinkerhoff said: "When a man steals to satisfy hunger, we may safely conclude that there is something wrong in society - so when a woman destroys the life of her unborn child, it is an evidence that either by education or circumstances she has been greatly wronged."

Think that one over next time you're standing in line at the grocery store - as I was recently - and overhear a teen-age girl nonchalantly discussing with a friend the abortion she's having tomorrow.

Some legacy.


Barbara Curtis is an author, freelance writer and mother of many, including two through adoption.
All content © 2000-, by News World Communications, Inc.; 3600 New York Avenue, NE; Washington, DC 20002 and may not be republished without permission.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: abortion; infanticide; roevwade
More relevent today than ever. Ms Curtis penned a masterpiece.
1 posted on 01/22/2003 6:35:00 AM PST by Skooz
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2 posted on 01/22/2003 6:36:13 AM PST by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: CCWoody; RnMomof7; the_doc
BUMP.
3 posted on 01/22/2003 6:40:36 AM PST by Jerry_M
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To: Skooz
...according to the very pro-abortion Alan Guttmacher Institute, 34 million abortions took place from 1973 to 1996. That's a million and a half per year. Who knows what genius men and women were whooshed away from our midst and with them what art, what music, what inventions, what cures.

The only solace--and it is slight--is the knowledge that the great majority of these were aborted by Leftist mothers, and hence the potential growth in numbers of the Left has been reduced.

Of course, that's still not enough to justify murder, but it's something.

4 posted on 01/22/2003 6:40:57 AM PST by Illbay
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To: Illbay
I often had the same thought. It's about as comforting as an ice pillow, but I know what you mean--that the murderers are murdering themselves out of existence.
5 posted on 01/22/2003 6:44:26 AM PST by Skooz (Tagline removed by moderator)
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To: Skooz
Drive the pro-abortion crowd nuts by suggesting that there are psychological consequences to abortion.
6 posted on 01/22/2003 6:49:54 AM PST by Guillermo (Sic 'Em)
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To: Skooz
I can hear the feminyst blood boiling already. They hate betrayal. They hate anyone to finally grow up and leave the sheltered sandbox of campus politics. They hate the fact that anyone would submit to a man, if only to have a child. And they know, and fear, that once any former feminyst has a "bookend" family, it will again become screamingly obvious that little girls ARE different from little boys.

They can't escape the inevitabilities of human behavior, so they cover their eyes and ears while screeching against it.

7 posted on 01/22/2003 6:54:15 AM PST by pollwatcher
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To: Skooz
Did you ever dream we would call a politician a friend to women - no matter how flagrantly he exploited them - as long as he continued to back abortion on demand?

This sentence needed highlighting.

8 posted on 01/22/2003 6:54:37 AM PST by randita
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To: randita
Good one.

This is one that I highlight:

Did you ever dream we would enter the realms of denial required to condone a procedure in which a perfectly viable infant is pulled feet first through the birth canal until all but her head is exposed, then stabbed in the skull to suck out her brains, delivered dead and sold to the highest bidder for body parts?

9 posted on 01/22/2003 6:58:58 AM PST by Skooz (Tagline removed by moderator)
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To: Skooz
Very good perspective in today's National Frederica Mathewes-Grene : "I used to buy into Roe v. Wade...."
10 posted on 01/22/2003 7:13:33 AM PST by kaylar
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To: kaylar
From the NR article:

Every child should be a wanted child." Now that Roe is 30 years old, every person in America under the age of 30 could have been aborted. Every child is a wanted child — the unwanted ones were all aborted, to the tune of one abortion for approximately every three live births. So how come the rate of reported child abuse is so high? In the early years after Roe there were 60,000 cases of child abuse reported annually. Today there are three million cases reported annually, a fifty-fold increase. The reasons for this increase are debatable, but one thing's for sure, abortion didn't prevent it. Aborting "unwanted" children hasn't helped. Instead, it's taught us that an unwanted person has no right to live. A child might be wanted very much during pregnancy, and not-so wanted a few months later when she's crying in the middle of the night. But abortion has taught us that a child deserves to live only if her parent wants her. It's a bizarre principle for feminists to endorse, who were vigorously fighting on another front against the idea, "I'm nothing unless a man wants me."

11 posted on 01/22/2003 7:15:59 AM PST by kaylar
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To: Skooz
...and overhear a teen-age girl nonchalantly discussing with a friend the abortion she's having tomorrow.

From the moment I saw my daughter's heartbeat on the ultrasound until today when I play with a happy, vivacious toddler, I can't imagine how someone could rationalize abortion. Her tears, her laughter, her attempts to pronounce words are precious to me.

People capable of abortion must have cold, dead hearts incapable of loving or being loved. To hell with houses, cars, careers. I would give it all up and rearrange my life to accomodate a child.

Anyone who wouldn't is throwing away treasure to keep garbage.

12 posted on 01/22/2003 7:20:37 AM PST by hopespringseternal
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To: kaylar
The NR article is excellent. You should post it. Thanks for providing a link.
13 posted on 01/22/2003 7:23:48 AM PST by Skooz (Tagline removed by moderator)
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To: Illbay; Skooz
The only solace--and it is slight--is the knowledge that the great majority of these were aborted by Leftist mothers

Don't be satisfied by that thought. The 'leftist's', the hard core type of woman only comprise about 10 to 15% of those who abort. The vast majority of women are those who would sit next to you at a doctor's office, on a bus or at church.

Most women who abort are terminating their first pregnancy, usually around the age of 19 to 21. This is the age at which most women used to bear their first child.

Nope, don't think it's mostly 'leftist's' because it's not.

14 posted on 01/22/2003 7:24:38 AM PST by Slyfox
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To: Skooz
I have to leave, so if I post it, I won't be able to reply . If you want to post it, please do ...It's an excellent article , and there may be some here who don't look at NR every day. Today, most of its articles pertain to abortion and the anniversary of Roe V Wade.
15 posted on 01/22/2003 7:26:51 AM PST by kaylar
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To: Skooz
DAY of SUPPORT....FLY your flags (US, a British one, Hungarian, Australian and Japanese one, too if you have them)....and put up your BUSH/CHENEY signs, (and the BIG W's on your SUV's) for the STATE of the UNION next Tuesday, Jan 28th, if you support the President, our MILITARY and the United States of America. PSST....pass it on.
16 posted on 01/22/2003 7:34:22 AM PST by goodnesswins ((I'm supposed to be working on my book and business, but THIS IS MORE IMPORTANT!))
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To: Skooz
Thanks for this post although it certainly is heartbreaking
17 posted on 01/22/2003 7:40:54 AM PST by apackof2
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To: Jerry_M; RnMomof7
Susan B. Anthony...

My daughter has recently studied this woman. I made sure to tell her that she has absolutely nothing in common with today's feminists.

Psa 106:38 And shed innocent blood, [even] the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan (Choice): and the land was polluted with blood.
18 posted on 01/22/2003 7:42:49 AM PST by CCWoody
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To: Skooz
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19 posted on 01/22/2003 7:55:50 AM PST by ppaul
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To: JHavard; Havoc; OLD REGGIE; Iowegian; TrueBeliever9; Prodigal Daughter; Zadokite; babylonian; ...
Prolife Bump..thanks Jerry and woody
20 posted on 01/22/2003 7:55:58 AM PST by RnMomof7
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To: Guillermo
Drive the pro-abortion crowd nuts ....

More of a putt than a drive, wouldn't you say?

Dan

21 posted on 01/22/2003 8:11:04 AM PST by BibChr
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To: BibChr
Yep. A two footer.
22 posted on 01/22/2003 8:23:09 AM PST by Skooz (Tagline removed by moderator)
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To: RnMomof7
"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!"

An outstanding quote. Strange that the aborticide crowd never quotes their heroine on this topic, isn't it?
23 posted on 01/22/2003 8:46:03 AM PST by George W. Bush
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To: George W. Bush
The proaborts will find the fruit of their destructive anti life philosophy rather apparent in their twilight years when no one is around to take care of them, or pay their precious social security or underfunded pension funds.

It will be a hard slap of reality.
24 posted on 01/22/2003 8:55:59 AM PST by matthew_the_brain
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To: ppaul
I agree about the Jews--I knew a girl in college, a rich JAP from Long Island--who had already had three abortions by the time she graduated from high school ("The pill just doesn't work well for me I guess. Good thing abortion's there as a backstop!")

But by and large Blacks don't abort.

25 posted on 01/22/2003 8:56:30 AM PST by Illbay
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To: kaylar
That article is as outstanding as the one on this thread and offers perspectives not in this one. I can hardly believe she contributes to NPR.

The Lessons of Roe: Thirty years of learning - Frederica Mathewes-Grene

Hopefully, someone will post this article as a thread here at FR.
26 posted on 01/22/2003 9:01:10 AM PST by George W. Bush
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To: Skooz
Pope Paul VI predicted this all in his brillant encyclial Humane Vitae in 1968. Read for yourself the prophetic masterpiece.


http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/paul_vi/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-vi_enc_25071968_humanae-vitae_en.html
27 posted on 01/22/2003 9:03:01 AM PST by matthew_the_brain
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To: Illbay
But by and large Blacks don't abort.

Not true. Pregnancies among black women are twice as likely to end in abortion as pregnancies among white and Hispanic women.

28 posted on 01/22/2003 9:10:11 AM PST by r9etb
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To: Illbay
But by and large Blacks don't abort.

Working in the innercity for almost 15 years I can tell you that is not true..The "human services" workers "counsel" them to get them..

The poor do not have them because the baby is a pay raise( welfare) BUT the middleclass and those that have "counselors "sure do

29 posted on 01/22/2003 9:18:45 AM PST by RnMomof7
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To: Skooz
This article has me in tears. I too used to argue that abortion was about choice. I had a weird rationale for supporting Roe v. Wade, thinking that if the government could pass laws that forced me to carry a pregnancy to term against my will, then it could also pass laws that forced me to abort a pregnancy against my will. (Think China, I suppose.) I'm still not convinced otherwise as far as government laws are concerned, and I don't believe I would have ever considered an abortion if I had become pregnant before marriage or at any other inconvenient time. But....

God blessed me with two beautiful children, and the second one was born two months premature. I sat in the NICU holding her, looking into her eyes, and it occurred to me that there were people who, by supporting abortion on demand, believed that I had a right to kill her.

I've been staunchly pro-life ever since.

30 posted on 01/22/2003 9:31:17 AM PST by mommybain
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To: CCWoody
Susan B. Anthony...

My daughter has recently studied this woman. I made sure to tell her that she has absolutely nothing in common with today's feminists.

She called Rochester home for many many years - along with Elizabeth Stanton - If you folk are ever in town - look me up and I'll take you on a tour of her home -

31 posted on 01/22/2003 9:46:03 AM PST by Revelation 911
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To: Illbay
I agree about the Jews--I knew a girl in college, a rich JAP from Long Island--who had already had three abortions by the time she graduated from high school

What about the poor, underprivileged and "backward" Hasidics who don't have abortions or use birth control?

32 posted on 01/22/2003 9:50:33 AM PST by Alouette
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To: Skooz; RnMomof7
Susan B. Anthony, now featured on our currency, wasn't thinking of political correctness when she referred to abortion as "child murder." Nor when she wrote: "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!"

I now have higher regard for SBA and her dollar. I wonder if Sacagawea had anything to say about it...

Thanks for the ping. D. James Kennedy re-aired some strongly pro-life Coral Ridge Hour programs these past Sundays, in recognition of today's 30th anniv. of Roe v. Wade.

Keep praying that the doors will be opened to shine the light on this continuing abomination.

33 posted on 01/22/2003 10:32:28 AM PST by newgeezer (fundamentalist, regarding the Constitution AND the Bible)
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To: Skooz
don't forget that feminist icon, Margaret Sanger, the eugenist who favored putting abortion clinics in the inner cities, to ease aborting of black fetuses.
34 posted on 01/22/2003 10:42:01 AM PST by camle (eugenics: the science whereby people who should not breed tells everyone else who can and cannot bre)
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To: Skooz
"Samantha," I explained, ever the politically vigilant parent, "Mommy is pregnant. But since Jasmine's only 2 and I'm not married anymore, this just isn't a good time to have a baby. We're lucky women have a choice."

I wonder whether Samantha and Jasmine ever wonder what it would have been like to know their little brother or sister, who would be 24 today.

I wonder what he or she might have become.

35 posted on 01/22/2003 10:50:45 AM PST by mountaineer
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To: mountaineer
I wonder what he or she might have become.

You can drive yourself crazy thinking like that. The art, literature, science, education, productivity and vitality lost since January 1973 is incalcuable. All thanks to Justice Blackmun's emanating penumbra.

36 posted on 01/22/2003 11:44:33 AM PST by Skooz (Tagline removed by moderator)
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To: Mr. Silverback; dd5339
LIFE ping!
37 posted on 01/22/2003 12:01:01 PM PST by Vic3O3
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To: skull stomper
What is there to celebrate?

The blood of their children on their hands????

39 posted on 01/22/2003 1:04:06 PM PST by RnMomof7
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To: Skooz
Bump for Life!
40 posted on 01/22/2003 1:06:10 PM PST by k2blader
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To: Illbay
"The only solace--and it is slight--is the knowledge that the great majority of these were aborted by Leftist mothers, and hence the potential growth in numbers of the Left has been reduced."

You make it sound like liberalism is genetic.
41 posted on 01/22/2003 1:11:03 PM PST by HighRoadToChina (Never Again!)
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To: George W. Bush
I can hardly believe she contributes to NPR.

I was frankly shocked to read that she does. Or, at least she did as of this morning.................

42 posted on 01/22/2003 2:40:29 PM PST by Skooz (Tagline removed by moderator)
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To: 2nd amendment mama; A2J; aposiopetic; attagirl; axel f; Balto_Boy; bulldogs; Charlie OK; ...
Bump and...

ProLife Ping!

If anyone wants on or off my ProLife Ping List, please notify me here or by freepmail.

43 posted on 01/22/2003 4:28:10 PM PST by Mr. Silverback
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To: HighRoadToChina
Not genetic. But by and large we tend to believe as our parents believed, even if we might have a temporary spate of "rebellion" against them.

This isn't true in every case, but it is true on the whole.

44 posted on 01/22/2003 9:11:16 PM PST by Illbay
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To: Skooz
45 million bump
45 posted on 01/23/2003 12:11:25 AM PST by Dajjal
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To: Illbay
This isn't true in every case, but it is true on the whole.

Witness Algore and his spawn. Billary and their spawn. Jimmuh and his spawn.

46 posted on 01/23/2003 5:50:28 AM PST by Skooz (Tagline removed by moderator)
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