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Alice Paul called abortion “killing unborn women”

Alice Paul was the writer of the ERA. Alice Paul, according to her lifelong friend Evelyn Judge, referred to abortion as “killing unborn women.” “Alice Paul” entry in the New World Encyclopedia Quoted in Brian E Fisher Abortion: The Ultimate … Continue reading

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Quotes from early feminists on abortion: Sarah F Norton

Sarah F Norton was a traveling lecturer in upstate New York. Her adventures, including her agitation to have women admitted to Cornell University, are recounted in several letters to The Revolution during the spring of 1869. Foremost among her spirited … Continue reading

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Early feminist quotes on abortion: Victoria Woodhill and Tennessee Claflin

Woodhull and Clafin, sisters from a poor and chaotic Ohio family, became the 1st female stockbrokers on Wall Street. In 1870, Woodhull declared herself a candidate for the presidency – the 1st woman ever to do so – and the … Continue reading

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Quotes from early feminists on abortion: Susan B Anthony

“Marriage and Maternity” “In the late revolution is an extract from the New York Medical Gazette rebuking a practice common married women, and demanding a law for its suppression. Much as I deplore the horrible crime of child murder, earnestly … Continue reading

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Quotes from early feminists on abortion: Matilda Joslyn Gage

Matilda Joslyn Gage was a bold leader of the feminist movement, even while her several children were still small. She was active in temperance reform – an issue connected to feminism because of the role alcohol played in domestic violence. … Continue reading

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Quotes from early feminists on abortion: Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Elizabeth Cady Stanton for over six decades stood up fearlessly for women’s rights. From observing her father’s legal practice, she resolved at a very early age to change the unjust laws that denied women control over their economic and family … Continue reading

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Quotes from early feminists on abortion: Dr. Alice Bunker Stockholm

Dr. Alice Bunker Stockholm authored several popular medical books. Tokology (2nd edition, 1887) instructed readers about reproductive physiology and prenatal self-care.  quotes from Stockholm: “Feticide is a produced abortion, whether by drugs, intentional shocks, electricity, or by instrumental interference, either … Continue reading

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Author of Equal Rights Amendment called abortion “exploitation”

“The author of the original equal rights amendment (1923) opposed the later trend of linking the ERA with abortion. A colleague recalls her saying: “Abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women.” This was Alice Paul Quoted in “Pro-Woman, Pro-Life” by … Continue reading

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Early feminist Matilda Gage on abortion

Like most of the early feminists, Matilda Gage was against abortion. She said of it: “[This] subject lies deeper down in women’s wrongs than any other… I hesitate not to assert that most of [the responsibility for] this crime lies … Continue reading

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Mattie Brinckerhoff on voluntary motherhood and “destroy[ing] unborn children”

Many people don’t know that the early feminists (those who fought for a woman’s right to vote in the 1800s) were mostly pro-life. Mattie H Brinckerhoff was a popular lecturer in the Midwest on women’s suffrage and other women’s rights … Continue reading

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