Feminists are reluctant to talk about the fetus

From a pro-choice feminist:

Feminist reluctance to engage in reflexive discussion of fetuses has been a prudential response to the politics of abortion. To talk about fetuses has been thought to cede to the pro-life movement its major premise, and so to foreclose the feminist insistence on reproductive freedom for women. Given the antagonisms that continue to erode whatever small ground we’ve gained in the struggle for reproductive control, it is understandable that feminist scholars and activists have tended to work around rather than through the fetus…

Talking about the fetus, she says:

 necessarily forces us into dangerous territory.

Lynn M Morgan and Meredith W Michaels eds. Fetal Subjects, Feminist Positions (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999) 1-2

16 week fetus
16 week fetus
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Author: Sarah

Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.

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