Delivering a keynote address for the Susan B. Anthony’s Campaign for Life Gala, Nikki Haley spoke on the division amongst women on the issue of abortion. The former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations was critical of feminist extremists who support abortion on demand and have done little to prevent what many would consider infanticide. By using her platform as a politician in favor of a life-affirming society, Haley was able to offer encouragement to pro-life advocates.
Haley addressed how modern feminism has a demand for “conformity” when it comes to the debate surrounding abortion, and the effort to coerce women into supporting abortion is often masked by appearances of standing up for women’s equality. Rejecting the idea that abortion is somehow a great liberator for women, Haley encouraged Americans to use their voices to stand for the voiceless.
While her speech was livestreamed and archived online, Haley advocated for one of the most basic human rights: the right to life.
“Unfortunately, many on the left use the abortion debate to divide women and demand conformity. They do this in the name of feminism.”
“But that is not real feminism. The idea that women must adhere to a particular set of values is one of the most anti-women ideas in today’s culture. It is a rejection of the ideas of equality and tolerance that the women’s movement is supposed to be about.”
“As a pro-life, female governor, I was blessed with a unique platform, and I made every effort to use it appropriately. Not to lob attacks at people who disagreed with me, not to diminish the other side, but to reframe the debate. To explain that being pro-life is not about being for or against women. It is about being for a baby’s right to live– the most basic right there is.”
Reminding us that we are blessed to live in America, a place where “life is valued and protected,” Haley delivered a remorseful reminder about how our current leaders are debating if babies who survive botched abortion procedures deserve to live. But Haley remained firm in her stance that “human life is a priority in this country” and that Americans respect for human life could be found in the Declaration of Independence, defining who we are as people. Advocating for the very principles our founders stood for, Haley stated:
“You can’t have liberty and the pursuit of happiness without the right to life.”
Encouraging her fellow Americans to remove themselves from the sidelines, and to follow their conscience in order to influence others, Haley expressed hope for us as individuals to have the power to change the world. Advocating on behalf of the power of the human voice to speak for freedom, justice, and life, Haley urged Americans to stand for the rights of all Americans. This cannot be done, Haley professed, without also standing for the unborn.
Haley hasn’t only spoken on this issue, she’s also more than proven herself as an advocate for unborn lives. As the governor of South Carolina, Haley signed signed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act into law, preventing abortions from being performed on unborn children who are 20 weeks or older. Her tenure as an ambassador to the United Nations saw her stand for the innocent lives of the unborn and their mothers, and her negotiations at the Commission on the Statues of Women saw Haley critiquing pro-abortion language being used in conversations related to family. Haley’s role in the expansion of the Global Protect Life Policy also sought to end taxpayer funding of abortion overseas.
As a leader in possession of strength and honorable integrity, Haley stands as an inspiring leader for the pro-life movement.
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