Dispute has arisen over the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne Women’s Studies Program’s celebration of abortion in a series of events conducted throughout March in the name of Women’s History Month. This overriding theme is criticized as an insult to women, one which demeans women through the implication that abortion is an advancement and accomplishment for women.
What of the countless accomplishments of notable women throughout American history? Should we not be celebrating female trailblazers like suffragist Susan B. Anthony, first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and civil rights hero Rosa Parks? Instead of honoring such women, the IPFW Women’s Studies Program is highlighting abortion as something to celebrate for women.
A procedure that damages women emotionally and physically and that ends a human life should not be celebrated anywhere. Moreover, the rising number of preborn girls targeted by abortion in the appalling process of gendercide throughout the world is an ethical crisis that devalues the inherent equality of women. Women’s History Month is about paying tribute to the countless women who have made our world a better place, not about celebrating the tragic practice of abortion.