Julie Burkhart was recently interviewed by Mother Jones on her efforts to re-open the infamous Tiller abortion clinic. This comment stopped me in my tracks:
This community has just been so embroiled in the abortion…I hate to say the abortion “debate,” but just the turmoil. Some people would say, “Just leave it alone and let it go.” However, we can’t really have true freedom in this country until everyone can access that right.
Is she arguing that women can’t be free if they’re pregnant or that pregnant women can’t fully participate in society?
Feminists for Life has a good response to this argument:
How can women ever lose second-class status as long as they are seen as requiring surgery to avoid it? This is the premise of male domination throughout the millennia – that it was nature which made men superior and women inferior. Medical technology is offered as a solution to achieve equality; but the premise is wrong…[I]t’s an insult to women to say women must change biology in order to fit into society.
I hope that’s not what Burkhart meant, but it’s an argument that pro-choicers have advanced for years, so I’m not optimistic.
If society is structured in such a way that pregnant women can’t fully participate, or are guaranteed fewer rights or freedoms than men or non-pregnant women, then society needs to change. Not women.by