This past week saw several events that are part of the story of the feminist movement in America.
Norma McCorvey died. You might have known her better as “Jane Roe,” the woman who sued Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade over Texas’ anti-abortion laws. She was pregnant for the third time as a single woman, having given up the first two children for adoption. She then claimed that the third pregnancy was the result of rape. Her situation was chosen by two ambitious feminist lawyers, Sarah Weddington and Linda Coffee, and it ultimately made its way all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. It was argued as the now-famous Roe v. Wade. In 1973 a 7-2 majority found in the plaintiff’s favor, and the Texas laws, and all other state laws around the nation that imposed restrictions on abortion, were immediately nullified. Abortion has been legal in America ever since.
Ms. McCorvey ended up giving birth to the third child, which was also placed into an adoptive family. She then lived as a lesbian and became an outspoken proponent of abortion. In 1994, however, her life changed. She was converted to Christianity and changed her views on abortion completely. She ceased her lesbian lifestyle and began to advocate for the pro-life movement. She confessed that she had made up the rape accusation in order to gain sympathy for her desired abortion. In 1998 she became a Roman Catholic. She was 69 years old at the time of her death. Rest in peace.
Last Tuesday was the 2017 Makers Conference, sponsored by AOL, which featured female achievers in American life. Hillary Clinton addressed the crowd electronically, and she caused quite a stir when she ended her brief remarks, “Despite all the challenges we face, I remain convinced that, yes, the future is female.” That phrase had been a feminist slogan since the 1970s, had faded away, and is now a hot Twitter hashtag, social media meme, and is back on T-shirts. The woman whose photographic portrait of her lesbian lover in a “Future Is Female” shirt first launched the phrase, Liza Cowan, wrote: “If we are to have a future, it must be female, because the rule of men—patriarchy—has just about devastated life on this beautiful little planet. . . . So the phrase becomes not just a slogan, but a spell, for the good of all.” New shirts are available from Amazon, Etsy, Ali Express, and a host of other websites.
It has always struck me as strange and inconsistent that the same group of people who can talk so glowingly of care, care for Earth, care for people, should be so resolutely determined on preserving the legality of a “medical” procedure that poisons, cuts up, or violently suctions unwanted unborn children. There is much in the modern women’s movement that has been good for America—opening up careers that once seemed closed, making unequal pay for equal work illegal. But it looks as though radical feminists won’t stop until males have been consigned to some kind of second-class status.
Jesus Christ has far healthier teachings: how to respect one another, help one another, and care for one another, male or female. The Future Is Christ!
Pastor Mark Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in late 2001. A Milwaukee native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus, a multicultural congregation on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. In addition, he is the author of six books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics.
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