When Feminism Kills — Abortion As ‘The Lesser Evil’

An article that appears in the June 30, 2010 edition of The Times [London] represents a moral earthquake that resets an entire issue — and that issue is abortion. This chilling essay is hard to read, but impossible to ignore. To read it is to feel the moral ground shift under your feet.

In “Yes, Abortion is Killing. But It’s the Lesser Evil,” writer Antonia Senior acknowledges that an unborn child at any stage is a human life. But she then proceeds to assert that feminism is more important than life, and that, when necessary, women must be willing to kill for the feminist cause even as they are willing to die for it.

This is one you have to read twice to believe. Thanks to the folks at Crosswalk for the excellent commentary, which you can read by clicking here.

This issue is profoundly important, because it goes to the very bedrock of all–life. Who grants it? Who may take it? Is all life a gift? A curse? Are some lives worthier than others? How do we stand for life in a culture that has so wholeheartedly embraced death? We’ll be exploring these issues in depth at the upcoming Baby Conference in San Antonio. Hope to see you there!

4 thoughts on “When Feminism Kills — Abortion As ‘The Lesser Evil’

  1. Considering the number of women who chose abortion because they were told it was NOT a baby but just a blob of tissue – this is just another hate crime, only it’s women on women.

    I recently watched a woman share her testimony of her abortion at 20 weeks (for a college class online) – she’d been told it was just a blob of tissue and when she delivered her stillborn child, the nurse asked her if she wanted to see it. She didn’t know what the nurse meant, and she asked, “See What?” The nurse said, “Your baby.” She said, “I thought it was just a blob of tissue.” The misinformation about abortion is their strongest, most useful tool. If they keep women confused, and keep them wondering, women will continue to make the devastating choice of abortion.

    I’ve lived with the consequences of my abortion since 1987. I have great compassion for women who consider abortion, and who have succumbed to abortion. It is a sin that has deeply personal and destructive consequences that can last for decades.


  2. I read a blog article yesterday about how unrealistic and unfair it is to expect a woman to breast feed a baby for 6 months. The premise is that the mom was completely consumed by this baby for 9 months and then the immediate post partum period, so as soon as she can, she should unload the burden of the baby before it hinders her any farther and causes resentment. UGH!!! Then why even bother having children?!

    It’s THIS attitude that perpetuates this idea of “lesser of two evils.” It’s total selfishness.

    Here’s the blog article. Mrs. Chancey, you don’t have to post this if you find it irrelavent to the post, but it reminded me of this article I read and thought you’d might want to read it too.



  3. I read this article in The Times this week. The reason it is so shocking is because it almost feels like her conclusion will be that abortion is morally wrong – how could it be otherwise when she has acknowledged that a foetus is a human life – and then the conclusion is so repellant – yes the foetus is a human life, but my rights are more important than that life. But I suppose at least she is being honest and making it clear that the reason she approves of abortion is simply to provide choice and complete control and autonomy for women. Some feminists hide behind smokescreens such as “What about rape victims?” and “what about when the mother’s life is in danger?” and then use those relatively rare occurences to argue for the right for all women in whatever circumstances to have an abortion.

    I think her article makes the aims of feminism much clearer – that women’s rights should transcend everything else, even the right to life. Such a dangerous ideology.


  4. I think the comment left on the article puts it well: “If feminism goes on to accept this argument that the unborn child is a human life but that it is “moral” to kill to defend the cause as the “lesser of two evils,” then they must also accept the premise that pro-lifers can morally murder abortionists based on the same twisted logic.”


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