Was Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life?

The following is from Brittany Christiansen, a Field Director from the Susan B. Anthony List in Philadelphia. She shares a stark truth of many of the 19th Century suffragists and how they were “pro-life”.

Early 18th and 19th century suffragist writings regularly referred to abortion as “ante-natal murder”, “child murder”, “ante-natal infanticide”, and “infanticide”.  These early feminists regarded abortion as abhorrent, as violence against women and their children, and attributed its practice to the denial of their rights and a dearth of nonviolent choices for women.  While early feminists were indeed concerned about abortion’s physical and psychological dangers to women, they also opposed abortion itself.

Susan B Anthony wrote in her diary in 1876 about her sister-in-law recovering from an abortion (tampering with herself):

  • “Things did not go well” “Sister Annie in bed — been sick for a month — tampering with herself — & was freed this A.M. what ignorance & lack of self-government the world is filled with.” 
  • Three days later, “Sister Annie better — but looks very slim — she will rue the day she forces nature”

Susan B Anthony delivered a speech in 1875:

  • “When the office of maternity shall be held sacred … then, and not till then, will this earth see a new order of men and women, prone to good rather evil.”

Susan B. Anthony responded to a male leading publicist who asked why she with such a generous heart had never been a wife or mother:

  • “I thank you kind sir, for what I take to be the highest compliment, but sweeter even than to have had the joy of caring for children of my own has it been to me to help bring about a better state of things for mothers generally, so that their unborn little ones could not be willed away from them” 

Susan B Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton founded a Newspaper in NYC called The Revolution with the motto “Men their rights and nothing more; women their rights and nothing less.”

  • Published only editorials against abortion during its run from 1868 to 1872
  • Refused to publish ads for abortifacients
    • In the late 1800s, pills and pessaries were sold by unscrupulous abortion practitioners through euphemistic ads, labeling these products as for “the remedy of illnesses peculiar to women”, “restoration of female regularity”, and “correction of menstrual suppression”.
    • Many newspapers and publications ran ads for such products, and such businesses proliferated even though abortion was technically illegal at the time. These ads were lucrative for many newspapers of the time; however, Anthony and her colleagues steadfastly refused to accept them for The Revolution’s entire run. 
  • Susan B Anthony is credited by some scholars with writing one of the most powerful anti-abortion articles ever to appear in The Revolution; however, the article was published with only her initial, leading some to argue that it she was not in fact the author. The article, entitled “Child Murder” included the following:
    • “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 impelled her to the crime.”

Susan B Anthony repeatedly gave her “Social Purity” speech in the 1870’s lumping abortion in with many other social evils:

  • “The prosecutions on our courts for breach of promise, divorce, adultery, bigamy, seduction, rape; the newspaper reports every day of every year of scandals and outrages, of wife murders and paramour shooting, of abortions and infanticides, are perpetual reminders of men’s incapacity to cope successfully with this monster evil of society.”
  • “The true relation of the sexes never can be attained until woman is free and equal with man. Neither in the making nor executing of the laws regulating these relations has woman ever had the slightest voice. The statutes for marriage and divorce, for adultery, breach of promise, seduction, rape, bigamy, abortion, infanticide—all were made by men. They, alone, decide who are guilty of violating these laws and what shall be their punishment, with judge, jury and advocate all men, with no woman’s voice heard in our courts”

Susan B Anthony was arrested for voting straight Republican in the 1872 Presidential Election

  • November 1st 1872 Susan B Anthony registered to vote in a barbershop in Rochester’s Eighth Ward.  The male registrars didn’t want to do it, but Susan B Anthony threatened to sue them personally unless they relented.
    • 14 other women also registered to vote.
  • President Grant and his Republican Party, the party that ended slavery, was far more receptive to the idea of women’s rights than the Democratic Party. And so, as she informed Elizabeth Cady Stanton in a letter, Susan B Anthony enthusiastically voted for Grant and a straight party-line ticket.
  • A Democratic Party poll watcher named Sylvester Lewis didn’t want to accept the vote, but the two Republicans registrars did; on a 2-1 vote, it went in the hopper.
  • She was then indicted, tried, and convicted for voting illegally and sentenced to pay a fine of $100 and court costs.  She declined to pay the fine.
    • The historic New Yorker described her two-day trial in June 1873 as “the greatest judicial outrage history has ever recorded,”

On the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (known as the Susan B. Anthony Amendment) recognizing women’s right to vote, President Donald Trump posthumously pardoned suffragist pioneer Susan B. Anthony for illegally voting in 1872. SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser, a member of the Women’s Suffrage Centennial Commission, was present for the historic moment.

  • “Later today, I will be signing a full and complete pardon for Susan B. Anthony,” “She was never pardoned. What took so long?” “She was guilty for voting” – President Trump
  • “Walking out of the White House on cloud nine because Susan B Anthony has just been pardoned for voting illegally. At the time, she said ‘I will pay not one penny for this unjust fine.’ ” “Susan B. Anthony fought to expand the promise of human rights and dignity to all people,” “She and her compatriots provide us with the model of how to advocate for the voiceless and disenfranchised in our own time. It is her courageous example that inspired the formation of SBA List and continues to inspire our work today. We are deeply moved and grateful to President Trump for honoring the legacy of this great American hero and we pledge never to tire in carrying on her unfinished work.” – Marjorie Dannenfelser

We Don’t Need Cowards or Politicians. . .We Need BISHOPS!

The following is from Judie Brown of American Life League.

Shepherds lead from the front; goatherds lead from behind. 

There has been a lot of commentary about Bishop Robert Barron’s insistence that the laity — and not the bishops — should be providing clarity during times of crisis.  

So let me give you a vivid example of the rank cowardice we have among the Catholic bishops today. 

What follows is a statement made in May 2020 from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops which — if they actually published something like this — would give pro-life Catholics across America a great deal of courage:

“Our hearts are wounded for the many souls mourned as African American communities across the nation are being disproportionately infected with and dying from the impact of Planned Parenthood. We raise our voices to urge state and national leaders to examine the generational and systemic structural conditions that make Planned Parenthood especially deadly to African American communities.

“We stand in support of all communities struggling under the weight Planned Parenthood has had not only on their physical health, but on their livelihoods, especially front line medical and sanitation workers, public safety officers, and those in the service industry. We are praying fervently for an end to abortion, and for physical health for all, and emotional healing amongst all who have lost loved ones.”

The problem? 

They never issued a statement going after Planned Parenthood or abortion.  They issued this statement about COVID-19.

If the Catholic bishops can be so adamantly clear during a pandemic that has killed 121,000 Americans, why can’t they be just as strong (if not STRONGER) in the face of the 2,363 abortions committed every day in America?!

Now it has been 103 days since the COVID-19 lockdowns began.  COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 121,000 Americans.  In 103 days, the abortion industry has murdered 271,508 babies.

This, Bishop Barron, is the problem.  We don’t need cowards.  We don’t need more politicians.  We need BISHOPS unafraid to live and defend the GOSPEL. 

How much longer will the Catholic bishops be silent in the face of the greatest sin this nation has ever committed in the eyes of God? 

If Barron is asking the laity to lead, then the laity is begging our Catholic bishops to ENFORCE CANON 915.

Conversation in Bucks County PA. “Do ALL Black Lives Matter?”

The following is a fictional conversation written by Leonard A Deane Jr, a pro-life advocate from Bucks County, Pennsylvania. 

Martin, African American, retired Pastor with a booming voice asks the healthcare workers “Do ALL Black Lives Matter or just some Black Lives?”

Healthcare workers massed in front of an unnamed Bucks County medical center in Pennsylvania, enthusiastically repeat back to him, “ALL Black Lives Matter.”

Martin has another question for them. “The black lives killed by black men matter, right?” Violent Night: Two Killed, 9 Hurt in 6 Shootings around Philadelphia.” 

There’s a moment of stunned silence, and then some scattered healthcare workers answer, “Yes.”

Martin reiterates, “Yes?”

The assembled white healthcare workers, more sure of themselves now, answer, “Yes.”

As the healthcare workers grapple with the question of black-on-black crime, which accounts for “94 percent of black victims were killed by other African Americans from 1976 to 2005.” In fact, high rates of black-on-black killing have been the norm for well over a century. (see National Review article here). 

One woman positions herself at the front of the group. She kneels, carefully holding a sign that, while difficult to read, seems to say something about “white” people supporting black lives.

Then, the Martin springs the 15.5 million baby question: “The black babies killed in the abortion clinics matter, right?”

The response from the healthcare workers is dead silence.

Martin respectfully said, “Thought so.”

The kneeling healthcare woman looks back at her colleagues for support, and then awkwardly stands up and sidles her way back to them.

But the conversation is not done.

The assembled healthcare workers have their rhythm back. “Yeah!” “Yes!”

So Martin rocks them off balance again. “But the black babies that are killed in the abortion clinics don’t matter, do they, healthcare people?”

A lone healthcare female says, “Their moms matter.”

Martin is having none of it. “Do their lives matter?”

The healthcare workers mumble inaudibly.

Martin asked again, “Does the future of our black babies matter?”

Again, a healthcare woman says, “Their moms matter.”

Martin thinking quietly: “What’s up? What’s up? Awful quiet now, aren’t they? Uh-huh. Then Martin asked: “Its okay if you kill them in the womb, right? But you have a problem when blacks are murdered on the streets.”

“It’s a separate issue,” says a healthcare worker.

Martin overrides that idea. “Yes, but we know that they’re the same issue. If we don’t respect the lives of our unborn children enough to save them and fight for them, our lives mean nothing once we’re born. And that’s the bottom line, isn’t it?”

Martin continued “we need to live by the word of God:” “If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face; and turn from their wicked way, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” II Chronicles 7:14

Martin asked “What does God say about abortion?”

The healthcare workers replied “Their moms matter!”

Martin “spoke about” Proverbs 24: 11-12 “Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,” does not he who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not he who guards your life know it? Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?”

Martin continues: “Too many black communities are economically stagnant, despite all the abortions. And sadly, blacks are disposing of that future by the millions.” Abortion statistics for Philadelphia from 1996 to 2018 included 308,878 abortions and the greatest majority was African American woman.

According to 2018 PA statistics, while African-Americans constitute 12 percent of the population, 43 percent of abortions in Pennsylvania are performed on African-American women. By contrast, whites constitute 81 percent of the Pennsylvania population, 48 percent of abortions were performed on white women. (U. S. Census Bureau Quick Facts – Pennsylvania)

Even pro-abortion groups like the Guttmacher Institute admit that “black women are more than 5 times as likely as white women to have an abortion.” 
If the current trend of abortions in the black community continues, by 2038 the black vote will be insignificant.” 
Martin thought to himself: How can young black people feel that their lives have value if women in the community dispose of their pregnancies as casually as old shoes?

Martin finished with his final question:

“When does life begin?”

God’s word defines life from the womb to the tomb:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:6

Martin’s final statement: “The way out is God, not politics, political parties and media. God have mercy! “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

Is Fatherhood Essential? Reflecting on Father’s Day

It goes without showing that our culture has been going down a slow but declining drain.

We have seen an increase in crime, fatherless homes, sexual promiscuity, secularism, and even incarcerations. Why? It’s all because of the lack of father figures in the lives of children.

In 2003, Jennifer Schwartz from Penn State University, did a study on what is the cause of so many incarceration among children. She discovered that there has been a missing compartment in the household, a father figure.

As it turned out, Schwartz discovered what the complete problem was for these many young teens are imprisoned. They had no father in the household. Read more here.

Fathers Neglect

It appears that it can be applied today. Pope Francis once talked about a very dangerous plague in our culture known as the “throwaway culture”. This throwaway culture can be applied to the abortion industry.

Fathers to be are taught that they do not have to take responsibility for their pre-marital affairs with another girl. This is the most dangerous thing to say to a father. Even fathers regret their lost children in the hyperactive culture of death. Women’s rights achieved this victory when they intoxicated masculinity just to tear down men with the venom of feminism.

A man’s job in this culture is to stand against the waves of modernism. The father’s first and foremost job is to protect his family. Without his protection, the family is vulnerable to the tyranny of the world.

Man Up

We are living in hard times due to weak men. I see many wimps walk their girlfriends into the abortion facility every time I am on the sidewalk. It infuriates me, yet I have to offer it up to God for him to awaken his senses. However, it must make us stronger in order to create good times.

Men, throughout history, have risen to the occasion. Whether it were to do their duty to fight, provide, and even support. Now it would be the time for brave God-fearing men to step up to the plate to end the culture of death.

Men, it’s time to make and take a stand. The culture of modernism, secularism, and even relativism can end when you become more involved with your faith by leading your children and family to Christ. It will be a challenge, yes. However, when you place God first, you will move mountains and leap over the toughest hurdles.

There is a solution. Men, it’s time to step out on the sidewalk and pray. Visit Sidewalks Servants and Sign Up.

MAN UP!

A Prayer for Our Fathers on Father’s Day!

A very blessed and happy Father’s Day to all from those of us at Voices for Life. Below is a prayer I found on the internet by Reverend Chuck Currie we can use to pray for our fathers.

Fathers day is love

Fathers in Our Lives

by Reverend Chuck Currie

We give our thanks, Creator God, for the fathers in our lives.

Fatherhood does not come with a manual, and reality teaches us that some fathers excel while others fail. We ask for Your blessings for them all and forgiveness where it is needed.

This Father’s Day we remember the many sacrifices fathers make for their children and families, and the ways–both big and small–they lift children to achieve dreams thought beyond reach.

So too, we remember all those who have helped fill the void when fathers pass early or are absent; grandfathers and uncles, brothers and cousins, teachers, pastors and coaches and the women of our families.

For those who are fathers, we ask for wisdom and humility in the face of the task of parenting. Give them the strength to do well by their children and by You.

In Your Holy name, O God, we pray. Amen.

 

‘Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.  Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.  Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.’Psalm 127:3-5