Early Feminist Takes Outspoken Stand for Life

For You From The Word

Everything that was written in the past was written to teach us. (Romans 15:4, NIV)

For You To Think About

Elizabeth Stanton

Elizabeth Stanton

Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902) is remembered as a key founder of the women’s rights movement in the United States.

Her focus extended beyond women’s suffrage to include parental rights, custodial rights, property rights, income rights and other social, civil and moral rights for women.

Yet it surprises activists today to learn that many early feminists, like Stanton, strongly opposed abortion.

“Infanticide is on the increase to an extent inconceivable,” she wrote in “Child Murder,” a feature article in an 1868 edition of the weekly women’s rights newspaper The Revolution. “There were 400 murders annually produced by abortion in (one Maine county) alone. There must be a remedy for such a crying evil as this … revolting outrage against the laws of nature and our common humanity.”

Stanton did not base her views on theory, but experienced the struggles of motherhood firsthand. She was a devoted wife and mother of seven children. Her youngest child was unplanned, born when she was 44 years old.

For You To Pray

Loving Father,
Thank You for women in history who have taken a stand for life. Allow us to honor their work by continuing it. Move in hearts to value life.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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