Re: “Abortion action, not opinion, is the issue” (letter, 6-27).
The writer pitted the rights of fetuses against the rights of women and insisted that those who elevate the former over the latter are not “pro-women” and therefore not feminists.
However, attempting to circumscribe feminism to those who are pro-abortion is not only problematic, but historically inaccurate. Most notably, Susan B. Anthony called abortion “child murder.”
Because feminism has come to refer to both the philosophical idea of justice based on the equality of the sexes as well as to several waves of particular political movements, the term encompasses a …