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My guest, Destiny Herndon-de la Rosa is one of the founders of New Wave Feminists. Here’s what they have to say about their work:
We subscribe to something called the “Consistent Life Ethic”
It’s a belief that all human beings should be free from violence for the duration of their lifetime. That means we’re anti-war, anti-death penalty, anti-torture; and we extend this philosophy to our earliest moments of existence by also being anti-abortion.
We get that this last one is kind of tricky seeing as the unborn fetus is inside of someone else’s body and often considered part of the woman’s body itself. But science shows us that the fetus has its own body, separate DNA, a separate heart beat and brain waves, and is a totally unique genetic creation.
Many would say that the fetus is actually the most vulnerable member of the human family and yet, because it is smaller, weaker, and can’t tell us to stop, we’ve decided it’s okay to dispose of it however we see fit.
It’s the ultimate in “might makes right” thinking, which women were subjected to for most of history, and in many parts of the world still suffer under. Because men were stronger and had most of the power and resources, they were able to treat us as property.
Now we are passing that same type of oppression down to our unborn children… and calling it liberation.
Look, we don’t work to make abortion illegal. We work to make it unthinkable and unnecessary. And we do that by getting to the root of the need for it.
No woman ever wants to have an abortion. Both sides unanimously agree on that. So let’s work towards a culture that supports a woman so well that she never has to have one. Let’s work towards a culture that tells her “You Can,” “You Are Strong Enough,” and “If You Need Some Help – We Are Here,” because that is what the sisterhood is all about.
Our world spends a lot of time tearing down women; we want to be a part of building them up.