Pro-Life Advocate: Women’s Rights Include ‘Women Waiting to Be Born’

By Penny Starr | January 16, 2015 | 9:32am EST

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life advocacy group Susan B. Anthony List, spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 15, 2015. ( Starr)

( – Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, told reporters at a press conference Thursday at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., that “abortion-centered feminism is dead” and support for protecting the rights of unborn children – including female babies – is gaining ground.

Dannenfelser spoke of Hillary Clinton campaigning in Iowa for Bruce Braley, the Democrat who ran and lost against Republican Joni Ernst in November’s mid-term election.

“Hillary said, ‘It’s not enough to be a woman. You have to be committed to expanding rights and opportunities for all women,” Dannenfelser said, noting that this translates in her opinion to the need for women candidates to be pro-abortion.

“I think we know what that means,” Dannenfelser said. “If you’re not for abortion you’re not really a woman worthy of running in the political arena.

“Of course we agree on expanding opportunities for all women,” Dannenfelser said, “and we would include the youngest women who are waiting to be born.”

She called abortion “the ultimate offense to the equal rights protection that we all deserve.”

At the NPC Newsmakers event,spoke about the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, or H.R. 36.

The bill states, in part: “Prohibits the abortion from being performed if the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child is 20 weeks or greater, except: (1) where necessary to save the life of a pregnant woman whose life is endangered by a physical disorder, illness, or injury, excluding psychological or emotional conditions; or (2) where the pregnancy is the result of rape, or the result of incest against a minor, if the rape has been reported at any time prior to the abortion to an appropriate law enforcement agency, or if the incest has been reported at any time prior to the abortion to an appropriate law enforcement agency or to a government agency legally authorized to act on reports of child abuse or neglect.”

The bill, if enacted, could result in fines or imprisonment for physicians who violate it, but bars prosecution of the woman who underwent the illegal procedure.

The bill defines abortion “to mean the use or prescription of any instrument, medicine, drug, or any other substance or device to intentionally kill an unborn child or to intentionally terminate a pregnancy with an intention other than: (1) after viability, to produce a live birth and preserve the life and health of the child; or (2) to remove a dead unborn child.”

Dannenfelser cited a November 2014 Quinnipiac poll showing 60 percent of respondents support federal legislation limiting abortion, with 33 percent opposing it. The poll shows 56 percent of Independents in favor of such a law and 46 percent of Democrats supporting it.

According to the Guttmacher Institute, between 1973 and 2011, nearly 53 million babies were aborted.

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