Over the weekend, a New Jersey chapter president of the National Organization for Women denounced the double-homicide charge facing Scott Peterson. Marva Stark said, “If this is murder, well, then any time a late-term fetus is aborted, they could call it murder.”
Wisely, former NOW president Patricia Ireland appeared on television Monday to attempt some damage control, conceding that this case is indeed a double murder.
However, when I called NOW to ask if Ireland’s position was the position of their organization, their spokeswoman was quick to point out that Patricia Ireland is no longer the president of NOW.
So instead of distancing itself from the views of Marva Stark, the Morris County, N.J. chapter president, NOW is distancing itself from Ireland who at least showed some common sense and conscience when asked about the case. Apparently, Stark had already shown the true colors of the organization.
From the perspective of NOW’s Garden State outpost, Scott Peterson should be charged with killing his wife — but should get a freebie on the murder of their child. By twisting herself into a pretzel to find the pro-abortion silver lining inside every conceivable cloud, Stark rushed to the defense of that hero of the feminist movement, Scott Peterson. And in so doing, she has made Connor Peterson a poster child for the pro-abortion position.
Everyone, no matter what their stance on abortion, should recoil in disgust at NOW’s view of this case. A group that purports to be protective of women’s rights has become so twisted on this issue that it is protecting a woman’s accused killer.
On Monday, Stark backpedaled saying that the “viability of the Peterson fetus…makes a great deal of difference.” Someone tell this woman to stop talking.
NOW won’t. “Out of respect for Laci Peterson,” said spokeswoman Rebecca Farmer, “NOW won’t comment.” No mention of the baby.
NOW makes the leap of linking the Laci Peterson case to the abortion debate, the right to choose, and Roe v. Wade. Which is odd since Laci Peterson wanted her child and chose to have it.
When NOW was founded in 1966, its purpose was scribbled on a paper napkin: “…to bring women into the full participation in the mainstream…exercising all privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men.”
NOW has strayed so far from their original intentions that they have finally drifted into obsolescence. Or insanity.
The Laci Peterson case has all the components of an American tragedy. Who could possibly look at this grisly murder and think anything else?
And yet, these women do.
To recap: A brutal double murder is committed, the alleged killer is captured, and charges are filed. A “women’s rights” group rushes in yelling, “Hey, no fair! You can’t say he killed two people! What about legal abortions?” I’d say it’s time to put the cozy on the teapot.
— Susan Konig, author of the book Why Animals Sleep So Close to the Road and other lies I tell my children, is an NRO contributor.