This is what's known as intellectual honesty. From Jeanette Pryor:
The philosophical foundation of all Feminism is the belief in the transcendent value of human life, both male and female, and the subsequent, radical equality of every human being. The objective morality of human behavior cannot be predicated upon thin air. When a woman asserts her right to educate herself, to select a spouse, or to choose a career, it is because she believes that self-determination is an exigency, ontologically rooted in a rational, free nature. [. . .]
The sonogram stands as an unimpeachable oracle. Turning back to gaze at the perfectly formed toes and fingers, at the beating heart, and cord bonding the baby to the mother who is his or her whole universe, the nature of the choice at the heart of the “Pro-Choice” question can no longer be camouflaged. The mother can choose to endure temporal suffering, or she can sever the cord, burn and cut the little toes and fingers, and stop the beating heart.
If we establish that women have the right to thus slaughter their babies, we establish as moral one human being’s right to kill another human being in order to avoid personal suffering. But, we cannot destroy another human being, without obliterating the very foundation of our rights. [. . .]
Instead of childishly screaming that the Oklahoma Abortion Laws were specifically designed to oppress women, it is time to behave maturely and consider that perhaps the law was motivated by the desire to affirm and protect the human rights of an innocent baby, and, in so doing, affirm the value of every human gifted with life.
Read the whole thing. The form of feminism defined above may, for all I know, exist, but the variety we normally come across has as its goal the accumulation and exercise of power. And abortion on demand is a perfect fit for the might-makes-right mentality.
Or so it seems. Arguments can be made that a woman who aborts her child may incur, in the long run, more suffering than if she had given birth to her baby. But feminists scream, too, when this truth is even hinted at.
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