Celebrating True Feminism & The Work Of Alice Paul
Those who visited Google on January 11th found this incredible sketch of the suffragist, Alice Paul, fighting for women’s rights.
Not long after Alice Paul was awarded the place of honor on the search engine’s site, news outlets and websites began to post articles celebrating her life’s work on the anniversary of her birth.
New Google Doodle Honors American Suffragist Alice Paul – Time Magazine
Suffragette Alice Paul, A South Jersey Native, Honored on Her 131st Birthday – Philly Voice
6 Alice Paul Quotes to Celebrate Her Google Doodle on Her 131st Birthday – Mic
Alice Paul: Today’s Google Doodle Salutes An American Suffrage Hero in Deed – Washington Post
These articles take great care to mention the highlights of her work for women’s rights, not only in America but in Britain as well. They never fail to mention that she drafted and fought for the Equal Rights Amendment – which went before congress every year from 1923 until 1972. They document how she was arrested, beaten, force fed, and even threatened to be committed to a mental institution as a result of her protests. They celebrate her tenacity and her courage to not be silent when others would have.
But these articles always fail to mention one very important thing.
Alice Paul, like many feminists at the time, was pro-life.
In fact, it was Alice Paul who said in no uncertain terms that:
“We are living to-day under a dynasty of force; the masculine element is everywhere overpowering the feminine, and crushing women and children alike beneath its feet. Let woman assert herself in all her native purity, dignity, and strength, and end this wholesale suffering and murder of helpless children”
– Elizabeth Cady StantonThe Revolution – January 29, 1868
“[C]hild murder-ers practice their profession without let or hindrance, and open infant butcheries unquestioned, establishing themselves with an impunity that is not allowed to the slaughterers of cattle…Scores of persons advertise their willingness to commit this form of murder, and with unblushing effrontery announce their names and residences in the daily papers. No one seems to be shocked by the fact…. [C]irculars are distributed broadcast, recommending certain pills and potions for the very purpose, and by these means the names of these slayers of infants, and the methods by which they practice their life-destroying trade, have become “familiar in our mouths as household words.”…Is there no remedy for all this ante-natal child murder?…Perhaps there will come a time when…an unmarried mother will not be despised because of her mother-hood…and when the right of the unborn to be born will not be denied or interfered with.”– Sarah NortonWoodhull & Claflin’s Weekly
“no one has a right to jeopardize a life which has already begun ever so brief an existence.”
– Eliza Bisbee Duffey
“The gross perversion and destruction of motherhood by the abortionist filled me with indignation, and awakened active antagonism. That the honorable term “female physician” should be exclusively applied to those women who carried on this shocking trade seemed to me a horror. It was an utter degradation of what might and should become a noble position for women…”
-Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell
“History is full of wrongs done the wife by legal robbery on the part of the husband…. I hesitate not to assert that most of this crime of child murder, abortion, infanticide, lies at the door of the male sex.”
-Matilda Joslyn Gage
It was the very women who were fighting for women’s rights who understood that legalized abortion would never grant equality, but continue to allow women to be seen and used as sex objects.
Unfortunately, the modern feminist movement has ignored their predecessors, sold out their unborn sisters and daughters, and bought into a deception that only serves men.
The truth is, the mainstream media and modern feminists who claim to celebrate the work of Alice Paul, and those other tireless women who fought for equal rights of women, will never recognize their position on the unborn; but for those of us who see the truth in what abortion does to women, their words and actions mean everything.
Those interested more in feminism and abortion, should check out Feminists For Life.