- The United Nations has been co-opted to support the promotion of abortion. (UN enforcement committees define "reproductive rights" as synonymous with abortion.)
- The objective of abortion advocates is to promote the idea of having fewer children, through restricting reproductive choices (rather than to protect a woman's basic human right).
- If women are allowed the right to stay home and look after their children many will choose to do so. Some feminists say they must not be allowed the choice.
- Mikhail Gorbachev said that many of Russia's problems are partially caused by the weakening of family ties.
- The radical feminist worldview, goals, tactics, and rhetoric can all be linked directly to Marxist-Leninist theory.
The early feminists understood that, much like today, women resorted to abortion because they were abandoned or pressured by boyfriends, husbands and parents, and lacked financial resources to have a baby on their own.
In the late 1960s the feminist abortion agenda made the decision to keep or dispose of her 'unborn child' a woman's, and only the woman's prerogative. There was no mention of gender equality with the decision.
Feminist-socialists have long believed that childbearing is the linch-pin of female oppression.
Margaret Sanger, a Socialist and the founder of Planned Parenthood, once said, "The most merciful thing a large family can do to one of its infant members is to kill it."
When asked about China's policy of compulsory abortion after the first child, Molly Yard, former head of the National Organisation of Women (NOW), admitted in a 1989 interview, "I consider the Chinese government's policy among the most intelligent in the world."
Opponents to abortion see a strong link between radical feminist thinking and Marxism. Frederick Engels (co-author, with Karl Marx, of the Communist Manifesto) wrote, "the first expropriation of labor was that between the sexes, in the reproduction of the human species." To the radical feminist mind, the solution to this "exploitative" arrangement is to prevent reproduction through social policies that encourage abortion.
Radical feminists have devised a variety of secret strategies to overcome the objections of those women who do not want to give up the right to decide to have children.
These tactics were outlined in a series of secret strategy meetings. Copies of three memos and other reports from the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), were obtained by the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM). These secret documents were subsequently published in the federal Congressional Record.
The memos reveal the close working relationships among the CRR, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and a variety of non-governmental organizations (NGO's) that work with the United Nations. UN enforcement committees define "reproductive rights" as synonymous with abortion.
The memos show how the UN has been co-opted to support the feminist abortion agenda. One document provides a list of the UN-backed treaties — including the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) — that are being used as a platform to strengthen abortion services.
One document recounts how the International Women's Health Coalition has focused on "inserting a gender perspective into international policies and agreements."
The documents provide many other examples of the feminist-socialist agenda:
- One memo claims that treaties such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights guarantee women's right to "reproductive health," which is a well-known euphemism for "abortion on demand."
The memo also admits the deceptive nature of the abortion rights lobby: "there is a stealth quality to the work: we are achieving incremental recognition of values without a huge amount of scrutiny from the opposition."
- A second memo specifically targets under-age girls. The CRR advocates provision of reproductive health services for girls without parental knowledge or consent, and admits this "has always been one of our priority areas."
One director ordered that CRR programs be "ruthlessly prioritized."Another admonished, "We have to fight harder, be a little dirtier."
- One secret planning document admits the existence of "hostile majorities" in most states, so the "protection of the judiciary" will be needed to thwart the will of the people.
- One paper outlines recommendations from the CRR directors. One unnamed director ordered that CRR programs be "ruthlessly prioritized." Another admonished, "We have to fight harder, be a little dirtier."
In entering these documents into the Congressional Register, representative Christopher Smith of New Jersey commented, "It is especially important that policy makers know, and more fully understand, the deceptive practices being employed by the abortion lobby...These papers reveal a Trojan Horse of deceit. "
The Marxist connection to feminism
The feminist denunciations of male patriarchy share a common origin in the Marxist creed.
In his 1884 book, The Origin of the Family, Engels elaborated on the theme of patriarchal oppression:
"The man took command in the home also; the woman was degraded and reduced to servitude; she became the slave of his lust and a mere instrument for the production of children."
One should also consider that women represented half of the population whose untapped labour Marx and his allies intended to exploit.
Chairman Mao put it more bluntly: "Many co-operatives are finding themselves short of labour. It has become necessary to arouse the great mass of women who did not work in the fields before to take their place on the labor front." Abortion on demand, or by coercion, makes this objective possible.
Karl Marx also viewed women as effective agitators to overthrow capitalism. As he admitted in a 1868 letter, "major social transformations are impossible without ferment among the women."
Radical feminist agenda and the law
Feminist-socialist Simone de Beauvoir, said in her famous 1974 interview in The Saturday Review:
"No woman should be authorized to stay at home to raise her children. Society should be totally different. Women should not have that choice, precisely because if there is such a choice, too many women will make that one."
When Lenin's Bolsheviks seized the levers of power in 1917, Lenin faced the daunting challenge of jump-starting agricultural and industrial production. So he cast his eye on a vast, untapped workforce: peasant women.
Using the Marxist line on female oppression, Lenin incited women to action at the First All Russia Congress of Working Women: "The status of women up to now has been compared to that of a slave; women have been tied to the home, and only socialism can save them from this."
But as Simone de Beauvoir pointed out, many women would be tempted to go back to the old ways to tend to hearth and home. So the traditional family would need to be abolished. Lenin understood that fact, as well.
In 1918 Lenin introduced a new marriage code that outlawed church ceremonies. Lenin opened state-run nurseries, dining halls, laundries, and sewing centers. Abortion was legalized in 1920, and divorce simplified.
In a few short years, most of the functions of the family had been expropriated by the state. By 1921, Lenin could state that, "in Soviet Russia, no trace is left of any inequality between men and women under the law."
But Lenin's dream of gender emancipation soon dissolved into social chaos.
Women who were sent out to labor in the fields and the factories stopped having babies. In 1917, the average Russian woman had borne six children. By 1991, that number had fallen to two. This fertility free-fall is unprecedented in modern history.
But it was the children who were the greatest victims. As a result of the break-up of families, combined with civil war and famine, countless numbers of Russian children found themselves without family or home. Many ended up as common thieves or prostitutes.
In his book Perestroika, Mikhail Gorbachev reflected on 70 years of Russian turmoil: "We have discovered that many of our problems — in children's and young people's behavior, in our morals, culture and in production — are partially caused by the weakening of family ties."
Russian women use abortion as a form of birth control; having eight or more abortions is common. In 2001, the fertility rate was 1.25 in Russia. According to official Russian calculations, each woman must bear an average 2.33 children in her lifetime to stabilize the country's population over generations. While it's fertility rate is among the lowest in the world, it's abortion rate is among the highest.
Radical socialist feminists, intent on achieving a genderless society, are now planning to repeat the same social experiment in Western society. Their opponents believe the feminists would prefer the story of family destruction in Soviet Russia not become common knowledge.
In the USA, Beverly LaHaye founded the organisation Concerned Women for America (CWA) because, in her opinion, feminism was destroying marriages, children, families and ultimately, as she saw it, the very culture of society.
LaHaye and a team from CWA were present at the Beijing conference. They saw and heard first hand what was happening behind what they termed the "facade of women's rights".
The Beijing 'Declaration and Platform for Action' asserted that "...abortion should be safe in places where it is legal and criminal charges should not be filed against women who undergo illegal abortion". (It would also give homosexuals special civil rights protections and would make certain that schoolchildren receive comprehensive sex education, including access to birth control.)
CWA and other opponents to abortion and radical feminism were concerned that the rights of parents to raise their children, according to their own beliefs, would be eliminated.
These opponents are also concerned that feminist socialists are using UN conferences to force their agenda on other nations. The CWA team say they witnessed United States delegates threatening to end US aid to smaller countries if they didn't go along with the pro-feminist UN agenda.
In February 2005, at a follow-up meeting to the Beijing conference, the U.S. delegation said the United States would not sign on because they don’t believe women should be guaranteed the right to abortion. Bush administration representatives demanded an amendment stating that a commitment to "reproductive health services" does not guarantee abortion rights. (The Beijing documents do not create, or guarantee, the right to abortion.)
Charlotte Bunch, Executive Director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL), said that the UN's Millenium Development Goal's (MDGs) must include "sexual and reproductive rights," which, she said, was "central to all the conferences in the 1990s [but] are missing from the MDGs."
As mentioned before, it is commonly recognised that in UN, family planning and population control organisations, the term "sexual and reproductive rights," is a euphemism for abortion.
The feminist subversion of the gender system
The linkage between socialism and American feminism can be traced back to the earliest years:
- Susan B. Anthony held a 1905 meeting with Eugene Debbs, socialist candidate in the US presidential elections. Anthony promised Debbs: "Give us suffrage [i.e. the vote], and we'll give you socialism." Debbs shot back, "Give us socialism, and we'll give you the vote."
- Helen Keller, well-known suffragette and advocate for the blind, became an outspoken member of the Socialist Party in 1909. She later joined the ultra-radical Industrial Workers of the World.
- Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, was a member of the Woman's Committee of the New York Socialist Party. In her book, Women and the New Race, Sanger wrote: "no Socialist republic can operate successfully and maintain its ideals unless the practice of birth control is encouraged to a marked and efficient degree."
- Mary Inman was an ardent feminist and Communist in the late 1930's and early 1940's. During that era, the Communist Party of the USA often used the phrase "white chauvinism" to refer to racial prejudice. It was Inman who reworked that phrase to coin the term, "male chauvinism."
- Simone de Beauvoir was a well-known socialist with Marxist sympathies. In The Second Sex, she lionised socialism as the ideal for gender relationships: "A world where men and women would be equal is easy to visualize, for that precisely is what the Soviet Revolution promised."
- Betty Friedan went to great lengths to cover up the facts of her Communist past: her membership in the Young Communist League, her 1944 request to join the American Communist Party, and her work as a propagandist for Communist-led organizations in the 1940s
- Gloria Steinem once admitted, "When I was in college, it was the McCarthy era, and that made me a Marxist." (Susan Mitchell: Icons, Saints and Divas, 1997, p. 130), Later, Steinem joined the Democratic Socialists of America.
One of the more prominent readical feminists and a leading figure of the Women's Liberation Movement was Germaine Greer. Greer, author of the classic 1970 book The Female Eunuch, describes herself as an anarchist communist.
Greer asks in her book The Whole Woman written 30 years later, "Once again, we are faced with the essentialist feminist paradox: do we liberate women by freeing them from the tyranny of the womb or is the attack on 'the undifferentiated gloop of the womb' an attack on women?"
Greer says that any feminist who saw abortion as an assault on women was regarded as a 'crypto-right-to-lifer.' Read more of Greer's views on abortion here.
Feminism, men and abortion
Betty Friedan, credited with reawakening feminism in the 1960s with her landmark book, The Feminist Mystique, did not even mention abortion in the early edition. It was not until 1966 that the National Organization of Women (NOW) included abortion in its list of goals. Even then, abortion was a low priority.
It was a man -- abortion rights activist Larry Lader, who remains active today -- who credits himself with guiding a reluctant Friedan to make abortion an issue for NOW. Lader teamed up with a gynecologist, Dr Bernard Nathanson, to co-found the National Alliance to Repeal Abortion Laws, the forerunner of today's National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL).
Lader suggested to the NOW leadership that all feminist demands (equal education, jobs, pay, etc.) hinged on a woman's ability to control her own body and procreation.
Dr. Nathanson, who later became a pro-life activist, states in his book, Aborting America, that the two were able to convince Friedan than abortion was a civil rights issue. Later he admitted that they simply made up the numbers of women dying from illegal abortions, which had been a major point in their argument.
Lader and Nathanson's strategy was highly effective. NOW made the preservation of legal abortion its number one priority.
With this drastic change, a highly visible faction of the women's movement abandoned the vision of the early feminists. (Source: The Commonwealth, 9/99, The Feminist Case Against Abortion.)
Read more about early feminists Germaine Greer and Betty Friedan, also what abortion opponent Dr David Reardon calls The Seduction of Feminism.