Why True Feminists Are Pro-Life


Daniel Payne wrote for the Federalist earlier this month that it is impossible to be a feminist and be pro-life. While this sentiment is shared by many who find their pro-life values constantly attacked by feminists, it simply isn’t true. As we’ve written previously here at Save the Storks, pro-lifers may in fact be in the best place to advocate for the rights and well-being of women today.

Payne brings up two examples of modern feminists that claimed pro-life views were possible within their camp. Both of them failed to demonstrate any strong opposition to abortion. Interesting cases, but this certainly doesn’t prove that the two ideologies are irreconcilable. All Payne succeeds in saying is that the most common mainstream incarnation of feminism is adamantly pro-abortion. And at risk of stating the obvious, one cannot be both pro-abortion and anti-abortion. Therefore, if you are one of the most common mainstream incarnations of feminism, you are pro-choice and not pro-life. He doesn’t bother to define feminism at all.

Feminism is an incredibly broad set of views. History recognizes at least three waves, all concerned with different issues. The concerns of the first wave are largely shared by all – whether or not you identify as a feminist. Women should have the opportunity to vote, be educated, and receive fair pay, for example. There are several issues – such as pornography – that feminists take wildly different stances on, some saying it’s terrible for women and some saying it’s empowering. There is room for disagreement on abortion within feminism as well. It is only natural that reproductive rights should become a topic of conversation for feminists. But the conclusion that many of them draw is not natural or necessary.


It is good for us to discuss sexual and reproductive rights. Should a father be legally bound to contribute monetarily or otherwise to the raising of his unintended child? We care very much about the answers to questions like this. The concept of reproductive rights is important for us to consider, feminist or not. Who bears the responsibility of an unintended pregnancy, and who can make decisions for the child at this point? Just because we say that a mother has a right to make decisions for her child in the event of an unintended pregnancy does not mean she has the right to kill. What’s unnatural in this conversation is not that the mother has rights – it’s our willingness to completely overlook a legal and moral injustice. We agree that I have a right to privacy, but if somehow my right to privacy came in conflict with another human being’s right to life, their right would transcend mine.

To be feminist and pro-life is to say that when the rights of the mother conflict with the child’s right to life, the right to life transcends her reproductive right. It’s as simple as that.

Not only is it possible to be feminist and pro-life, but the pro-lifer is in a unique position to fight for women today. We believe that women should be empowered to be mothers, rather than have pills and procedures pushed at them just because they are young or didn’t mean to get pregnant. We believe that women are amazingly strong, and we don’t downplay the incredible stamina it takes to carry a child and give birth. We believe that society should do more for the mothers, so women don’t have to live like men just to get an education or a job.


Payne concludes, “It is, indeed, possible to call yourself a ‘feminist’ and also style yourself ‘pro-life,’ but… such a marriage is ultimately untenable. The politics and the philosophy of one side will often crowd out the other.” We disagree.

Those who hold a pro-life philosophy are the best equipped to empower women and advance the feminist ideals that the movement was originally founded upon.


We hope this article enlightened and inspired you to stand up for life.

Despite the overturning of Roe v. Wade, abortions are still prevalent in our nation. As a response to the overturning, the media: from the news to entertainment sources to even political figures and celebrities, have pushed abortion as an ongoing agenda, shaping the way this generation thinks and acts. Misinformation is being spread every day, and people are sadly believing the lies.

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We know that it is both a blessing and a challenge to understand the reality of abortion, because knowledge incites belief, and belief incites action. But we’re in this together. We believe that we can make abortion unthinkable.

With your support, we look forward to a future where young women are empowered to fight for their own rights: a right to bring life into the world, to be fearless leaders, to be examples of hope, strength, and undeterred resilience. We look forward to a future where life can happen.

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