To the Editor:
Thank you for the excellent article honoring Susan B. Anthony's birthday, Feb. 15.
Among all of her efforts and accomplishments, however, you failed to mention that she - like most feminists in her day - was adamantly opposed to abortion, seeing it as one more example of the exploitation of women. At the same time, she was in favor of the alleviation of conditions which led this and other social evils.
An article in the Spring 1998 issue of "The American Feminist, noted that:
"Her 1875 speech 'Social Purity,' specifically discussed abortion and postnatal infanticide-along with rape and prostitution-as male wrongs against women. Anthony argued that laws pertaining to these matters, made and enforced exclusively by men, further victimized women while absolving men of all responsibility. Yet she declared: "The work of woman is not to lessen the severity or the certainty of the penalty for violation of the moral law, but to prevent this violation by the removal of the causes which lead to it."
Unfortunately, the modern feminist movement has often turned this issue on its head, seeing those who are pro-life as anti-feminist! Susan B. Anthony deserves to be remembered and honored for all of her accomplishments, and championing the cause of the unborn is certainly one way in which that can be done.
Lanny R. Carlson,