I was off in Atheist News, minding my own business, when I saw an ad show up that made my brain go into overdrive. It was paid for by something called the Susan B. Anthony List
, but its stated goal was to "advance, mobilize, and represent pro-life women".
Ok, I suppose that Susan B. Anthony
could be a heroine to the likes of Michelle Bachmann
. It's certainly never been the context I remember Susan B. Anthony. I came of voting age when conservative women like Michelle Bachmann were harassing my mother for being pro-ERA
. They felt that my mother was taking a job away from a man, and had been made to believe that they would have to share public restrooms with men. I can remember the public restrooms non-issue being the main reason these women were against the ERA.
I'm not sure who they thought was going to support four children if not my mother... two of us had lost our father when we were both under five. My other two siblings' sperm donor was a recently divorced asshole who didn't pay his child support.
So, that these right-wing, religious women have co-opted Susan B. Anthony, who never made her opinion on abortion known, makes me angry. The historical record points to the fact that she would be against the government regulating a woman's body.