A Compromise on Abortion So More Women Can Be Feminists

By Katie Packer Beeson, Contributing Editor for Opinion | Dec. 15, 2017, at 6:00 a.m.

I’m a Pro-Life Feminist

It’s time to compromise on abortion so that feminism can truly include more women.


As I contemplated my column for this week, I was giving serious thought to writing about feminism and how my views on that word had evolved over my adult life, when, low and behold, I scrolled through Instagram and saw that Merriam-Webster’s “Word of the Year” is “feminism.” It seemed like a sign.

I was curious to see how the smart people at Merriam-Webster defined feminism: “the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes”.

Yeah, I’m for that.

When I was growing up in the 70s and 80s, my first perceptions of feminists were based on Gloria Steinem and women burning bras who looked like they needed a bath and a good underarm shave. I didn’t feel particularly drawn to that.

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