The Stigma of Abortion
Re “Fingernails” by Ophelia Benson, FI, June/July 2014: there can be no question that negative public stigmas can be far more oppressive than adverse laws. There is no greater example of this than in the histor ic struggle for women’s equality. In America women have had the right to vote since 1919. But it is the prejudicial stigma that “nice girls don’t do that” that has held women in check for generations. This was certainly true in the fight for artificial birth control. It is now true in the fight for unfettered abortion rights.