Susan B. Anthony
museum opens today amidst abortion controversy
Today (February 15th) marks the grand opening of the Susan B. Anthony
Birthplace and Museum, in Rochester, NY.
Anthony was a leading figure in the women's rights movement, famously
arrested in 1872 for the crime of voting.
Anthony also considered abortion a strike against women's rights....
According to About.com (owned by the New York Times Co.), Anthony,
"believed, as did many of the feminists of her era, that only the
achievement of women's equality and freedom would end the need for
abortion. Anthony used her anti-abortion writings as yet another
argument for women's rights."
Today's feminists cannot stand that part of Susan B. Anthony's history.
While some dispute Anthony was even pro-life at all, most say her
pro-life belief should be placed in context: "Comparisons between
contemporary and 19th century debates over abortion are meaningless
because of the different cultural contexts, [Gloria] Feldt [former
Planned Parenthood president] added." Yadda yadda.
Yet pro-lifers have prevailed against revisionist history. Most of us,
for instance, have heard of the Susan B. Anthony List a PAC dedicated
to electing pro-life women to Congress, obviously invoking the famous
And it was a pro-lifer who bought Anthony's birthplace, insuring the
pro-life part of Anthony's persona wouldn't be scrubbed from her bio.
Carol Crossed is a member of Feminists Choosing Life of NY (formerly
Feminists for Life of NY), the group controlling SBABM's board.
This has caused liberal feminists to get their corsets wound in a knot,
to the point of protesting in front of SBABM and launching a counter
Still, abortion will be a very small component of the museum. According
to The Berkshire Eagle:
When asked if this meant the Museum would be a platform for an
anti-abortion agenda, Crossed said, "The pro-life views expressed in
Anthony's newspaper, The Revolution, will not be excluded from the
exhibition. This vision represented a very small part of Anthony's
life, and while it will be presented, it will not be an overwhelming
theme of the birthplace. Anthony's own anti-abortion stance is
mentioned in just one of the museum's 10 exhibits."
Still, it'll be there.
Contact: Jill Stanek
February 15, 2010
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