It comes about one hundred and forty-eight years late, but better late than never right?
On the day women celebrate winning the right to vote, President Donald Trump gave the movement a surprise that had conservatives cheering, and modern-day feminists more than a little disgruntled. 148 years after suffragette Susan B. Anthony, a leader in the women’s right to vote movement, was arrested for being a woman and voting in the 1872 election, Trump gave the lady what she died not having: a full pardon for her “crime.”
“Later today, I will be signing a full and complete pardon for Susan B. Anthony. She was never pardoned. Did you know that? She was never pardoned,” the president said….
“She was guilty for voting. And we are going to be signing a full and complete pardon,” Trump said.
The nineteenth amendment to the Constitution, the one that gave women in the United States the right to vote, was passed fourteen years after Mrs. Anthony left this earth, but, still, without her, it may never have left Congress and made it to the states.
While this issue makes Mrs. Anthony a hero to many, her stances on other issues of feminism, specifically abortion, have made her a “controversial” figure to modern feminists. Mrs. Anthony, and her contemporaries, considered abortion to be violence on women, and not a sign of freedom in any way.
“No matter the motive,” she wrote, “[whether] love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; But oh, thrice guilty is he who drove her to the desperation which impelled her to the crime!”
Almost one hundred and fifty years later, many post-abortion groups have sprung up to help women deal with exactly what Mrs. Anthony warned us about.
At any rate, with her record cleared, women throughout America now can admire Susan B. Anthony without the asterisk of a criminal record.
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