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On January 4, Jezebel published an opinion piece, "There's No Such Thing As A 'Pro-Life Feminist,'" which was not only stunningly ignorant of basic history but also committed outright libel against FFL President Serrin M. Foster by claiming she used media interviews to "discredit rape victims."We promptly sent a response by FFL Speaker and rape survivor Joyce McCauley-Benner to Jezebel's editors but have been ignored for weeks. We have chosen to publish it in full below.Because women deserve better,Damian J. GeminderDirector of Public Education & EditorFeminists for Life of AmericaKylie Cheung, author of "There's No Such Thing As A 'Pro-Life Feminist,'" would probably be surprised that our anti-abortion, pro-woman history didn't start yesterday. In fact, the co-founder of Feminists for Life of America, Pat Goltz, learned from Alice Paul herself that we were not the first pro-life feminists, saying the first wave feminists were. And that conversation started FFL's research and documentation of our pro-life feminist foremothers.It was 50 years ago when Goltz co-founded Feminists for Life, the year before the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision in Roe v. Wade. Since then, we have worked together with those on both sides of a contentious debate. FFL was the only pro-life group in coalition fighting the family cap and other child exclusion provisions in welfare reform, as well as the only pro-life group to advocate for the original Violence Against Women Act and the Child Support Enhancement Act. FFL President Serrin M. Foster was in the room and lobbying legislators on the Hill.The author's attack on Serrin was as ill-informed as her understanding of pro-life feminism...Read the rest of Joyce's powerful testimony here: ... See MoreSee Less
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