This afternoon, the governor of New York took his stubborn abortion campaign to Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls. In response, the president of the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum accused him of “desecrating” “holy ground” by “[a]dvancing abortion in Seneca Falls.”
Carol Crossed writes, in a statement:
the suffragists, even when they lacked birth control, education and work opportunities, condemned abortion in the strongest terms, calling the practice ‘child-murder’, ‘infanticide’, and ‘pre-natal murder’.
Because slavery and women’s inequality were abuses of humans as ‘property’, Elizabeth Cady Stanton said, “When we [women] are considered the property of men, we cannot treat our children as our property to destroy as we see fit.”
They also believed women needed the resources to support their children, not ‘access’ to destroy them.
Besides the taking of a child’s life, the suffragists said abortion allowed or encouraged the promiscuity of men. The recent scandal in the NY State Legislature where the Speaker of the Assembly Silver (D) silenced sexually-harassed women with payoffs with government money is a case in point. Abortion access and expansion by Cuomo and government leaders is another inducement to allow men to take advantage of women.
Crossed calls the governor’s invocation of the suffragettes as cover for his abortion expansion “historically inaccurate.”
Forty years into Roe, we should be ashamed of ourselves as Americans for not doing more to protect unborn innocent life and helping women feel like they can choose motherhood as crisis-pregnancy centers and maternity homes do. (By the way: Read Katherine Connell’s piece.) Instead, Andrew Cuomo campaigns for abortion expansion in a state where the numbers of pregnancies that end in abortion are miserably high, misrepresenting not only his legislation, but history along the way.