Memorial to Erma Clardy Craven by LEARN

IN MEMORIUM Erma Clardy Craven Died from cancer, June 1994 Posthumous Recipient of first L.E.A.R.N. Sanctity of Life Award Life Education And Resource Network “For her lifetime dedication in the defense of human life through her speeches, consultations, publications, lobbying, and participation in the pro-life movement. Presented August 20,1994.” L.E.A.R.N. strives “to facilitate a strong and viable network of African Americans, and other pro-life/pro-family advocates, to halt the genocide by abortion of targeted minorities”....

Editorial: Equal Rights For Women?

Equal Rights For Women? Q. Who suffers more emotional consequences from no-commitment sex? Q. Who suffers the long-term physical and emotional consequences of abortion? Feminists in India are staunchly pro-life. Statistics in that country for 1000 aborted babies show only one being male. The issues here in the U.S. are more complex; but I believe every true feminist here must come to the same conclusion regarding women’s rights. Fredrica Mathews-Green, vice-president for communications of Feminists For Life of America, wrote an editorial recently explaining why she is feminist and pro-life. She wrote: “…pro-life feminists still charge that abortion is a convenience for sexually exploitative men, who find it easier to pay for an abortion than to be responsible for eht life they halped to begin. In fact, the abortion makes it easier for everyone — the woman’s boss, her school, her landlord, her family, her church — to ignore her plight and the impositions it might cause them.” It’s time feminists realized women are not benefited by abortion. I have seen a lot of women in my years of counseling [crisis pregnancy center], and I’ve been a woman all my life. There is pain for women in “no-strings” sex, and there is pain for women in aborting the “string” which often results. Some women seek help for this pain; some women simply live with it, and some squelch and deny it. Regardless of what some say, I don’t believe there are women who suffer no ill-effects from casual sex and abortion…we suffer greatly when we don’t afford human life — both our own and others — the dignity it...

Editorial: Choice and The Value of Life

I write to address the need for equal dignity and respect for women in our society. I also speak as a feminist – a Pro-Life Feminist — because I believe that women and children do not  have to be adversaries. The means of abortion does not justify the end that we are all striving to reach. Abortion has certainly not solved our problems of world hunger, teenage pregnancy, crime, or welfare. Abortion has, however, degraded the value of human life. As Albert Schweitzer, the great physician-humanitarian, noted, “If a man loses reverence for any part of life, he will lose reverence for all life”. Every time we destroy a human life, at any stage, we lower the value of humanity itself, bringing us ever closer to nuclear war.   If human life is not important, then international leaders will not hesitate to start wars. We have certainly seen this happen in recent history. The development of poison gases which kill the people but keep the buildings intact is a chilling example of how little human life is now valued by some. We live in a throw-away society – throw-away plates, cups, pens, cameras – and our mentality has become such that, whatever we don’t want, whatever is a burden, whatever causes us pain, should be eliminated. I am a member of the national organization Feminists for Life of America, which was founded in 1972, when several Pro-Life feminists were ousted from N.O.W. (National Organization of Women) at the introduction of the pro-abortion platform. However, even our feminist foremothers of the 1800’s and early 1900’s were totally opposed to abortion, calling...

Editorial: Women and Abortion

by Monika Rodman and Kathleen Buckley Public transit riders have recently been greeted by a series of abortion-rights ads directed at young women. Sponsored by the Pro-Choice Public Education Project (PEP), the ads are visually and rhetorically bold. An ad shows five scowling, middle- aged men and declaims, "77 percent of anti-abortion leaders are men. 100 percent of them will never be pregnant.'' A friend of ours overheard the typical comment on this ad: "Isn't that the truth!'' Is that the truth? Not at all. You see, we belong to the purported 23 percent calculated by PEP. We are young, pro-life women. We are anti-abortion leaders. And we are happy to report that we collaborate locally, statewide and nationally with many other gifted and compassionate anti-abortion women.      When we first saw the PEP ads previewed months ago in a feminist journal (yes, we read feminist journals and even subscribe to many of the best ideals of feminism), we immediately questioned this “statistic.'' To be honest, we laughed at it. PEP asserts that 47 out of 61 leaders of anti-abortion groups are men. We'd like to see that list. Given our many years' involvement in the anti-abortion and broader pro-life movements, we fail to see this number reflect those who really are the key thinkers, actors and spokespersons in the contemporary anti-abortion movement. In fact, women represent a strong majority among pro-life leadership. For many of us, that work includes the promotion of life-affirming alternatives to euthanasia and the death penalty, as well as to abortion. "Where are the men?'' is the running joke at our own monthly conference calls....

Editorial: Women Deserve Better…Than Abortion

"Women deserve better. Women deserve better." Serrin Foster repeats that refrain as often as she can-and has for some nine years at Feminists for Life of America, where she has served as executive director and now as president. The message is simple, but potentially revolutionary. The message is that abortion hurts women. Of course, this comes as no surprise to women who know abortion-either firsthand or through painful observation and education-but they don't often talk about it. That's why some women (and men) in the pro-life movement are now sponsoring a "Women Deserve Better" advertising campaign designed to make women think about what they are doing to themselves, as well as to their unborn child, when they choose to have an abortion. Tending to both victims of abortion is not entirely without precedent. Groups like Project Rachel have ministered to women for years, with a decidedly and devotedly pro-life (re: anti-abortion) message. The Caring Foundation has run woman-centered television commercials in several states over the last decade. But now, 30 years after Roe v. Wade, this woman-centered message is at the heart of a big new advertising effort made possible by an unprecedented coordination of groups who oppose abortion… The campaign…takes the feminist position that abortion "empowers" women and turns it on its head. Here, for example, is an ad produced by Feminists for Life, who developed the "Women Deserve Better" slogan (with no focus grouping!); the ad features television star Patricia Heaton, honorary chairwoman of Feminists for Life:   "Every 38 seconds in America a woman lays her body down, feeling forced to choose abortion out of a...