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AUL responds to Slate on “Who Gets To Be a Feminist?”

Today, Slate asked women to comment on “Who Gets To Be a Feminist?” One woman responded that only one thing mattered to feminism: “You can’t call yourself a feminist if you don’t believe in the right to abortion.”

This assertion flies in the face of history and of the well-reasoned convictions of scores of American women.

Feminism, by definition, should promote and improve women’s personal and professional lives.  Those who assert that abortion-on-demand is a non-negotiable part of being a true feminist are essentially saying to women, “You aren’t capable of succeeding on your own.  You need abortion to attain equality, success, and prosperity.”  This idea that women need abortion to be successful and to enjoy fulfilling lives is offensive.

In reality, abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women.

After the nomination of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin for Vice President of the United States, Denise Burke, Vice President of Legal Affairs at AUL, commented that her nomination “put the final nail in the coffin of an increasingly discredited and narrow-minded worldview that believes that women cannot thrive in a world without unrestricted abortion-on-demand.”

In Burke’s article, “The Demise of the ‘Sisterhood of Single-Issue Feminism,’” she stated:  “Without a doubt, the mantle of American feminism needs to be reclaimed by those, like Governor Palin, who believe that a woman’s interests and well-being should not be pitted against those of her child and who know that American women deserve better than what is advocated by the single-issue feminists.”

Burke continued: “Being a true feminist is not — and never has been — defined by adherence to an unrelenting abortion-on-demand orthodoxy.  Single-issue feminists make a huge and arrogant mistake when they espouse the belief that American feminists are monolithic in their beliefs…”

To read Ms. Burke’s entire article, “The Demise of the ‘Sisterhood of Single-Issue Feminists,’” click here.