H ow did the practice of human abortion go from its atheistic roots in the exis philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir to the classrooms of Christians? To explain how pro-choice feminism came about is one of the two major aims of this work. The second is to argue for a pro-life feminism, a feminism without abortion as its mooring and mainstay. Our study will lead to two conclusions regarding abortion and contemporary feminism: 1) Atheism, not feminism, is the real root of the abortion rights mentality; 2) there are many feminisms.
The right to abortion begins to take shape when Simone de Beauvoir articulates the feminist culturalist credo: "One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman." All of contemporary feminism is a commentary on this single sentence.
The octogenarian priest and I approached the little group of approximately twenty-five college students. They were sitting on the ground in a semicircle and chanting the refrain: "Our bodies, our lives, our right to decide."
We walked by the group without incident and entered the auditorium at Smith College to hear Alice von Hildebrand lecture on feminism, abortion, and motherhood.1 On the ride back home, I____________________