In Susan B. Anthony's Footsteps: Pro-Woman, Pro-Life!
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"When a man steals to satisfy hunger, we may safely conclude that there is something wrong in society - so when a woman destroys the life of her unborn child, it is an evidence that either by education or circumstances she has been greatly wronged." -Mattie Brinkerhoff
"When we consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading to women that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit." -Feminist Foremother Elizabeth Cady Stanton
What's This Webring About? Who's Eligible?This webring exists to unite everyone who thought they were alone in being pro-life and supportive of women's rights and equality. The two ideas are not mutually exclusive. You don't have to be a woman to join us, just as you don't have to be a woman to support equality for women. You simply must respect women, be pro-life in a woman-positive way, and believe that females deserve to be protected from violence even while they are still residing in their mother's womb.
Why Susan B. Anthony? How Can a Feminist Be Pro-Life?It's well-known that Susan B. Anthony was one of the very first feminists and women's suffragists. What isn't so well-known is the fact that Susan B. Anthony and many of her contemporaries were fiercely opposed to abortion. They saw that abortion was not the answer to the problem of women being exploited. Rather, they saw it as a symptom of women being exploited--an acknowledgement that in a world hostile to women, the unique, precious contributions that women make to society through pregnancy and motherhood are seen as a burden. Abortion is not a true choice, but an act by a woman who doesn't feel she has a choice. Women don't enjoy having abortions; the woman walking into the abortion clinic wouldn't be there if she had enough support and help from a society friendly to pregnancy to feel confident carrying her child to term. A society that gave women real choices wouldn't demand that they sacrifice their children for their own career, education, or other advancement.
- Your site doesn't need to be devoted entirely to abortion, but you should have at least some information (and the more, the better) relevant to abortion, even if it's just a paragraph where you summarize your views and offer a handful of abortion-related links.
- The webring HTML must be prominently displayed. Don't hide it on an obscure page or bury it on a page with tons of webrings. That's not fair to ring surfers looking for the HTML fragment, nor is it fair to the sites in the ring that are supposed to receive traffic from people clicking on your ring HTML.
- No advocacy of violence! The violent pro-lifers are on the fringe of the movement and embarrass all mainstream, peaceful, and responsible pro-lifers. Violence and abuse only strengthens the resolve of some pro-choicers to defend abortion. It is only through compassion and loving offers of assistance that women will truly be helped.
- No blatant expressions of hatred. Obviously, you should be respectful of women if you want to join this ring. However, I also expect you to be sensitive to the political views (yes, there are liberal/progressive pro-lifers), sexual orientation (yes, there are gay pro-lifers), and religious philosophies (yes, there are atheist pro-lifers) of others. You certainly don't have to agree with or endorse all the views expressed on the other sites in the webring; I just ask that you keep any criticisms respectful. Avoid saying things meant to antagonize or alienate people of differing beliefs. Abortion isn't just a religious or political issue; it's a human rights violation. Just people of all backgrounds and views must work together to put an end to the demand for and the practice of abortion.
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