Feminism at first was not pro-abortion. Not only were the 19th century Suffragettes pro-life, pioneering 20th century feminists like Betty Friedan were at most ambivalent about abortion. The fact is, the early pro-abortion movement was led by men. In 1967, though, the pro-abortionist leader Larry Lader gained the endorsement of the National Organization for Women and abortion became a feminist cause.
This story is told by an early activist, Sue Ellen Browder, who later converted to Catholicism in her book Subverted: How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement. Abigail Rine Favale reviews the book for First Things, excerpted and linked after the jump. [Read more…]