Kathryn MacKinnon On Abortion

Kathryn MacKinnon, law professor known for effort to combat pornography and sexual harassment, on the 1975 case legalizing abortion on demand:

“Sex doesn’t look a whole lot like freedom when it appears normaltively less costly for women to risk an undesired, often painful, traumatic, dangerous, sometimes illegal, and potentially life-threatening procedure than to protect themselves in advance. Yet abortion policy has never been explicitly approached in the context of how women get pregnant, that is, as a consequence of intercourse under conditions of gender inequality: that is, as an issue of forced sex.”

Katherine McKinnon, Feminism Unmodified (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1987) 95 – 96

Quoted in

Rachel McNair, Mary Krane Derr, and Linda Naranjo-Hubbl. Pro-Life Feminism: Yesterday and Today (New York: Sulzburger & Graham Publishing, Ltd.) 15-16

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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. She is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life.
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