Clarion, Pa.- Feminists for Life held a presentation on Nov. 19 titled “The Feminist Case against Abortion.” At the presentation, speakers expressed the message that, “abortion
is a reflection that we have not met the needs of women.”
Serrin Foster, executive director and president of Feminists for Life of America, led the lecture as well as a question and answer session that followed in Hart Chapel.
The anti-abortion presentation by Foster was sponsored by Students for Life, the Newman Association and the Pregnancy and Parenting Resources Initiative.
Foster began her speech by explaining how pro-life origins and began in the country alongside the historical movements of the abolition of slavery and women’s suffrage.
She noted early thoughts regarding abortion or feminists bloomed through the voices of feminist foremothers including Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
Feminists ideas were and are centered on equal rights and peace, and Foster said abortion betrays the basic feminist principles of nonviolence, nondiscrimination and justice.
Foster said that people do not judge others by the way in which they were born, but whether conceived from pre-marital sex or rape.
“People find out they were conceived from sexual assault,” said Foster. “The conditions of your conception does not determine your worth,” Foster added. Potential brothers and sisters one may have lost due to abortion was also discussed during the presentation.
“There have been some stupid statements about rape and pregnancy lately,” said Foster, “it’s been dumbed down to nonconsensual sex.”
She said ideas like this coupled with situations with unwanted or special needs children may challenge some pro-life thinkers who may think there should be exceptions in few abortion cases.
Foster continued with her unwavering stance against notions of these situations. She gave an example and said, “Children with down syndrome can give the most unconditional love.”
The hashtag #Feminists4Life carried the sentiment of abortion being worse than rape throughout the presentation. “Feminists for Life will never trade one form of violence for another,” said Foster.
Despite their strong message against the killing of unborn children, Foster as well as the Feminists for Life members realize the tough situations that some unfortunate mothers are placed in. Thus, Foster displayed her advocacy of adoption and putting an unwanted child into the arms of loving prospective parents.
“Don’t say ‘give up’ a baby but rather ‘place’ a baby into adoption,” said Foster. She closed off her presentation by telling the audience that Feminists for Life provides college outreach programs.
For example, if a student suspects that she is pregnant, she should contact Clarion University’s Health Services. Overall, the highlight of the presentation stood upon the notion that women deserve better than abortion. Foster concluded, “There doesn’t need to be a choice between a family and an education; you need an education, a job, to support your family.”
For more information, visit the Feminists for Life website at www.feministsforlife.org or check out their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/feministsforlife.