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R Is For Arrrgh

Another objection to that AMC documentary, this time, from Feminsts for Life:

For Immediate Release

September 15, 2004

Documentary Misrepresents Feminists for Life

On Tuesday, September 14, 2004, movie-based television network AMC

aired “Rated R: Republicans in Hollywood,” a documentary project by

filmmaker and former Democratic speechwriter Jesse Moss, that

contained factual error and misrepresentation. In a segment about

Feminists for Life’s Honorary Chair Patricia Heaton, Moss erroneously

identified Heaton as FFL’s founder and implicitly mischaracterized FFL

as a partisan organization.

“People try to separate everyone into different corners,” said FFL

president Serrin Foster. “But Feminists for Life is both a feminist

organization and a pro-life organization—and very consciously

nonpartisan. We continue the tradition of more than two hundred years

of pro-life feminism, because women deserve better than abortion. We

affirm the basic tenets of feminism: nonviolence, nondiscrimination

and justice for all. Abortion violates all three.”

Like Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and other early

American feminists who opposed abortion, Feminists for Life works to

systematically eliminate the coercive factors that drive women to

abortion by facilitating practical solutions.

Feminists for Life was founded in 1972 by Cathy Callahan and Pat

Goltz—two women who thought that abortion advocates were hijacking the

women’s movement. Pat Goltz was later ejected from a NOW meeting in

Ohio for distributing pro-life literature. Patricia Heaton has served

as Honorary Chair since 1999, her first official role with the

organization.

FFL is a nonsectarian, nonpartisan, grassroots organization dedicated

to empowering women through progressive, nonviolent choices for

themselves and their children. Feminists for Life welcomes all members

and supporters regardless of political or religious affiliation.

Information about FFL’s founding and nonpartisan nature is readily

available on its website (www.feministsforlife.org) and in numerous

printed materials.

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