With Hillary running for President and Planned Parenthood coming under attack
for its unscrupulous tactics in and out of their clinics (PP's website for teens,
www.teenwire.com is offering "back to school" coupons for teen contraceptives,
abortions, etc.!), this is a good time to recall women's voices speaking for the
For those of you who may have missed our earlier posts on Women's Equality Day in
White Plains on August 10, Judith Anderson's closing comments for the day follow.
Check LifeNet's August archives for full transcripts and more pictures.
"Thank you, Gabrielle and Nora, for an inspiring afternoon. Thanks to the
Committee and all its helpers that made today happen. So it is for 'women
Today we looked to the past, to the suffragettes for wisdom. We looked
with life-affirming vision towards the future and learned a bit more about
natural and humane approaches to advancing medical technologies. But
one sad fact still shapes life today: the abortion industry is one very
stained, very lucrative rug under which the lies, fears, disappointments
and mistakes of life are being swept, human life be damned. Even faced
with the hard facts spoken by women themselves, some still cling to this
hollow symbol of false freedom.
The early feminists understood the struggle for truth. They spoke
forcefully against slavery, for equality in the voting booth, and against
taking the life of the unborn. In their own words: for the total
'enfranchisement of women'. What did this mean? We believe it was and
is a call to the elevation of women in their essence. It meant recognition
of a woman's full citizenship and rights under the Constitution, with no
compromise to her self-worth. It meant respect for a woman's dignity
and her children's dignity as human beings, not property to be abused
Yet some men and women in some weird, strained sense of self-serving
camaraderie, still tell women that in order to fully participate, to have
a good life or a 'seat at the table, they must relinquish their womanhood -
their fertility and motherhood - and all that they imply. What falsehoods!
Our womanhood is the power we bring to the table! Mott, Stanton, and
Anthony knew it! Many decry feminism unfairly today based on this very
falsehood. Let all of us look instead to the truth.
The elevation, health and safety of women will never be found at the end
of an abortionist's suction scalpel. The very act, legal or not, demeans
women and destroys human lives because the back alley has never been
replaced, only whitewashed. Women do deserve better; and better
At the least women need to be fully informed and clinics held to account,
but to which voices will women and men listen? Our Committee hopes it
will be voices of justice, healing and hope. I believe all women can be those
voices. Today is a start."
L to R: Judith Anderson, Gabrielle Long Wright, CNM,
2007 WEDR Honoree, and Mrs. Dorothea Muccigrosso,