Feminist Susan B. Anthony: Anti-Abortion Crusader

Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906) has been celebrated as a feminist icon by the modern feminist movement because of her tireless work in bringing women into the political mainstream. Feminists pushed hard to get her image on the almost-never-used Susan B. Anthony coin. Anthony got involved in the women’s rights movement when she joined a temperance society but was denied the right to speak at meetings because she was a woman. Temperance societies were the precursors to the prohibition movement (1920–1933). Her anti-alcohol position makes her a religious fundamentalist, hardly an invitee to Democrat and Republican gatherings where the stuff flows in ample portions!

It may surprise a lot of people that there are pro-life, anti-abortion Democrats. What won’t surprise anyone is that the Democrats keep anti-abortion Democrats hidden from public view. You won’t hear pro-life Democrats speaking on the topic Democrat National Conventions. (It’s getting that way at Republican conventions as well.) The former governor of Pennsylvania, Robert Patrick “Bob” Casey, Sr. (1932–2000) was not permitted to speak at the 1992 convention because of his outspoken pro-life, anti-abortion views.

Because he considered abortion a key social issue for the 1992 presidential election, Casey sought a speaking slot to give a minority plank on the topic at the 1992 Democratic National Convention. He was not given a speaking slot and in a series of news conferences he said the party was censoring his pro-life views since he agreed with the party on nearly all other issues. . . . Several pro-life Democrats spoke at the convention, but they did not focus their remarks on their opposition to abortion, and the issue was not debated the way Casey had wanted.

Democrat leaders want pro-life votes for the party but not pro-life views or policy advocates visible to their base. This means that Anthony would not have been given a voice at any Democrat function because she was pro-life. In The Revolution, the paper she published with Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902), Anthony referred to abortion as “child murder” and “infanticide”:

Guilty? Yes, no matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; but oh! Thrice guilty is he who, for selfish gratification, heedless of her prayers, indifferent to her fate, drove her to the desperation which impels her to the crime.1

And we can add to this, also guilty are those in the medical profession who get rich from the blood that is spilled in the name of a woman’s right to choose. Choose what? Choose to kill her pre-born baby. The next time someone says “I’m pro-choice,” ask “Pro-choice about what?” Everybody is pro-choice. The question is, What are you choosing to do? Rapists, bank robbers, and murderers are pro-choice. Those of us who don’t like the way we are taxed and how that money is being spent are pro-choice. We choose not to be taxed beyond the prescribed limits of the Constitution. We choose for our property not to be taxed to support a school system that teaches a worldview contrary to what we believe. Being pro-choice as it relates to abortion is a cover for what is actually happening to a pre-born baby. The same tactic is used by homosexuals who have defined same-sex sex as being “gay.” When “liberal” became a dirty word, liberals started calling themselves “progressives.”

Stanton, a founder of the National Woman Suffrage Association in 1869, held a similar anti-abortion view:

When we consider that women are treated as property, it is degrading that we should treat our children as property to be disposed of as we see fit. There must be a remedy even for such crying evil as this (abortion). But where shall it be found? At least, where begin, if not in the complete enfranchisement and elevation of women.

Civil libertarian and pro-life advocate Nat Hentoff points out that when PBS aired “Not For Ourselves Alone: The Story of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony” (1999), there was no mention of their anti-abortion views. Ken Burns, best known for his masterful documentaries on the Civil War, Baseball, Jazz, Thomas Jefferson, the National Parks, Lewis and Clark, and Prohibition knew the anti-abortion views of Stanton and Anthony but decided not to include them because he did not want his documentary to be “burdened by present and past differing views on choice.”2

In an on-line discussion forum, Burns was asked by “Maggie” from California why he omitted “all the compelling and well documented information about Susan B. Anthony’s and Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s profound anti-abortion stances.” Here was Burns’ response: “The omission was primarily because of time constraints. To have stated their complicated position would have been quite difficult to be comprehensive.”

There is nothing complicated about their position on abortion. What Burns really means is that he didn’t want PBS to reject the project and bring the wrath of the pro-abortionists down on him.

None of these types of historical cover-ups are unusual. The strategy is practiced every day among the various media groups. Compare the coverage of the Occupiers with the Tea Party.

  1. The Revolution, July 8, 1869. []
  2. Quoted in Nat Hentoff, “Revisionist Her-Story.” []



  • http://gospelcenter.us dan

    The duplicity of the mainline media/politicians never ends. Feminism as a movement at http://www.eauclairejournal.com/news/story.phtml/...

  • http://adrianvance.blogspot.com adrianvance

    Anybody who thinks 19th century women were wimps that deferred to men simply do not understand how women work. They always get the upper hand and any good-and-proper-beaten-down-old-married-guy knows it.

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    • cheryl jessup

      Well Adrian at least you got it right. Women are not the weaker sex.

      • http://adrianvance.blogspot.com adrianvance

        Two marriages, two divorces and many lady friends of the intimate kind have finally taught me the truth of life that women play a waiting game and they know exactly how to trip any man. A smart man and a whipped dog have a lot in common.

  • http://MSN.COM Mark

    “enlightened liberals” :
    Legislating the murder of babies, censor of all things Christian, funding and special rights of sodomites,
    , gambling………

    No mystery why YAHWEH(God) has abandoned our country.

    With-out a dramatic change to the LEGISLATION OF SIN, He cannot return to our aid.

  • http://MSN.COM Mark


  • http://MSN.COM Mark

    Our country is in the process of implosion, the cause is our nation and government turning from our Creator, the Living God.
    The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
    We have reaped what we’ve sown, and Yehshua (Jesus) is not surprised.
    He is calling on all to accept His free gift and be saved.
    The work is done, and the ball is in our court.

    Believe in the death, burial and resurrection of Yeshua(Jesus).

    Call on him to be saved:
    Yeshua, Im a sinner.
    Yeshua, you save sinners.
    Yeshua, save me now.

    Hope you who have not yet made the good confession, will do so soon.

  • flora

    The murder of unborn children is murder - heartbreakingly plain and simple. How can we expect our children to have respect for life when we allow this continue? Pro-choice should refer to "choice of birthcontrol or abstinence" not the choice to kill or nurture an innocent, defenseless soul.

    God have mercy on us.

    • barbpatton

      Why did the mother's of those who are for abortion not use their right to abort them? just wondering, then we wouldnt have to put up with their evil ways

  • Jonathan Gartner

    A Democrat that believes in life is a Republican in the making it takes the first step towards the truth and the light

  • Lois MacLaren

    You are quite right in pointing out that that many old-time Democrats are now closer to what is now known as the Conservative point of view than a liberal point of view. Years upon years ago, when the gay and lesbian political activists were attempting to push their political agenda on to average, mainstream Democrats, the Democratic mayor of Denver warned the Democrats in Colorado that IF they allowed the gay and lesbian political activists take over the party, the Democrats could kiss political victories goodbye for a good, long time. The gays and lesbians were so incensed by his statement that they did everything they could to marginalize the guy whenever they had an opportunity. It seems to me that the man's name was McNichols and he was a devout Roman Catholic who had never made any secret about the important part which his religious faith played in his life. He was also unabashedly pro-life and opposed to abortion. In those days, a significant number of Colorado Democrats were unabashedly pro-life and outspoken in their opposition to abortion. Not long afterward, however, whenever any rank and file Democrat had anything to say which was critical of the way in which the gay and lesbian political activists and the pro-abortion activists had taken over the Democratic party - those people were shouted down and shut out. In Colorado, there ARE still registered Democrats who are appalled by the way in which the pro-homosexual, pro-abortion and now pro-marijuana lobbies have come to dominate the party - and it does not take much to convince those people to cross party lines and vote for a candidate from another party who shares their viewpoint about the appalling ways in which the pro-homosexual, pro-abortion and pro-marijuana lobbies choose to advance their political agenda. You are quite correct in presuming that Susan B. Anthony most likely would NOT be allowed to speak at a modern day gathering of Democrats. In fact, you can probably go even farther than that! Most likely President JOHN F. KENNEDY would be forbidden to speak at the average gathering of Democrats today as well. After all, KENNEDY made NO secret of the fact that he believed that it would be DISASTROUS to RAISE taxes during an economic downturn!

  • cheryl jessup

    I never repeated anything that wasn't true and didn't us bad language. Why did you delete it. I'd like once for you to explain it to these people who come on the blog. You must be liberals.

  • Jim Buzzell

    Remember there is no other country that is a Constitutional Republic, we stand alone, and as such we are still practicing how to keep our Constitutional Republic; those who do not like our form of government are those who envy us from a far, and wish for a stable, enduring government for which they all can grow and prosper as we have, yes we have chanllenges, yes many of us have been asleep at the switch over the last 50 years but that changed in 2010, and will show farther evidnece of change come November 2012, 2014, 2016, and beyond. The idiot no occupying our White House woke everyone up from their sleep.

  • Woolfy

    Legalized murder. Our Government is in the business of legalized murder, plain and simple!!

    I truly believe in Pro-Choice. The woman can "choose" to keep her legs together. And if that isn't possible and she gets pregnant....she should NOT have a Government sanctioned "choice or option" of comitting murder. It's pathetic!!

  • Jim

    The fear that the Democratic party will suffer from Pro-homosectuality is true and here now and Democratic party will suffer and as result will lose in 2012 and will lose rank and file in the government and eventually disband as political party due to Pro-Homosectuality and Pro-Abortion aggressors to the United States. Homosectuality is an embaressment to the US. Americans do not accept Gay immoral people or their push and aggresion towards the educational system and we will destroy them at the voting poles and cause reversal of protection laws. Disgrace will be their lot for their evil actions!

  • lilolady

    We as a Nation are so quick to condemn others. The Nazis killed more than six million innocents. Stalin murdered sixty to eighty million of his people. Women's Liberation and the ACLU has murdered fifty million American babies in situ and partially born with scissors jammed in the base of the skull and then opened wide to cut the spinal cord. Partial birth abortion is what it
    is called. Congratulations .... We have have willingly joined the Big Boys Club.

  • Joyceann

    The Tea Party is coming - Right is Right and Wrong is Wrong no matter how you say it. We will quietly and patiently turn this country around. We are awake. We are aware. We are strong. We have much to do.

  • Tout

    It looks like every abortion brings us closer to become a Moslem country.

  • Markus Reborn

    One of the arguments used to sanction abortion is that the child will be unloved, unwanted and not be a worthwhile human being.... all negatives. An adopted child, one who survives the abortion holocaust, will definitely be loved and wanted PLUS, they are potential, leaders, doctors, businessmen and licensed professionals. Pro-choicer need to quit looking at the negatives.

  • spotted owl

    to Mark: God did not abandon this country. It's the other way around!

    • http://www.zionica.com Alex

      Mark, is God a lier? .....Did He not say to the believer in Hebrews 13:5 "I will never leave or forsake you". And please recall the words of Isaiah where in the Lord speaks saying that HE will never be angry or rebuke the believer nor will HIS love be removed or HIS covenant of peace be shaken. Do read Isaiah 54: 8-10 and remember that a born again (Jn 3:3) Christian is justified by faith and not works. (So says Paul in Romans, Hebrews, & Galatians; speaking of the Gospel that Jesus the Messiah gave him by revelation.)

  • Blair Franconia, NH

    So is Hitler but not for the same reason.