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Panellists talk about fighting abortion, ‘resisting a throwaway culture’

Abortion not only goes against the dignity of every living being and is rooted in violence and misogynistic notions of male superiority, but political solutions, in the current divided climate, can be troublesome as well.

Those were among the view expressed by members of an all-woman panel at Georgetown University, Washington, US, on 15th January discussing ‘Resisting the Throwaway Culture’, along with a resounding “no” in answer to the question as to whether feminism requires supporting an abortion.

The panel discussion was sponsored by the university’s Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life and came just days before the annual March for Life in Washington marking the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalising abortion.

“The question abortion poses is a problem of the female body itself,” said Gloria Purvis, host of the radio show Morning Glory on the Eternal Word Television Network. “What is more misogynist than the idea that the male body is human perfection?”

Serrin Foster, president of Feminists for Life, grew up in the Washington area and observed: “When I thought of abortion, growing up in this area…I never heard a happy story. When I was growing up, it was always ‘the lack of.’ I just kept on thinking we have to solve this.”

Picture: A pro-life sign is displayed during the 2018 annual March for Life rally in Washington. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn).