20 Feb The Morphing of a Movement
by Tashica Jacobson
The feminist movement was started by women who wanted equal treatment. Their initial efforts focused on improvement for women in regards to education, employment, and the right to vote. The movement then expanded to equality for everyone regardless of sex, race, age, or disability. Today this demand for equality has now turned selfish; with promoters focusing only on their wants rather than the equality of everyone.
One of the biggest ironies of today’s women’s movement is its unceasing demand for abortion, reproductive rights, women’s health, or whatever title one chooses to mask it under. It not only demeans womanhood but is in direct conflict with the idea of equality for all, which the movement claims to embrace.
As women we have the unique and marvelous ability to create, with the partnership of a father, and carry a new life. Every single female ever born was designed to do this, even if they choose not to or are unable to, their body has a womb which was designed as a place for new life to develop. This is not to say that the only purpose of women is to have children but that this amazing capability is unique to women and should be celebrated and recognized as such.
One would think that this ability would be prized in the feminist movement since it is something that is solely theirs. Instead this feminism seeks for the right to destroy the life that was created. When this is what women want they degrade themselves.
In their demand for the ability to choose they also fail to see the rights of the child. Women should have the right to choose what happens to their bodies. They have the choice whether or not to engage in sexual behaviors. They also have the right to use contraceptives if they see fit. However when a new life is created, the time for them to choose has passed. When the choices we make interfere with or override the choices of others, that is when we no longer have the right to these decisions.
Abortion further tears apart families and demeans women because it isolates her rather than strengthening her support system. When we say that it is the woman’s body and the woman’s choice we are taking fathers out of the picture and lessening their responsibilities to the child and the mother. Society says that the father has no right or responsibility when an abortion is performed; but that is also saying that he has no rights or responsibilities when a child is born. This only adds to the number of single mothers.
The women’s movement is no longer on the path on which it started. Somewhere along the way society’s view of women and equality switched to a very isolated and lonely view of equality. This new path tears families apart and devalues all of life.