The night before the March for Life, I arrived early to a gathering for pro-life leaders from around East Asia. The first person I met was a twenty-something Japanese woman, who was preparing some signs.
We were meeting at a Catholic church, and I asked her, “Do you go to this church?”
She wasn’t a Catholic. Actually, she didn’t have any religious belief.
Eventually I asked her, “What inspired you to be pro-life?”
She replied, “I just really love the babies.”
Yes, of course. The babies.
The next day, during the March for Life, I had the opportunity to meet many pro-life Japanese people, and also many foreigners who live in Japan.
I met three other Americans there. One was a professor at a local university. He said that it was a bit risky for him to attend, and he had to hide the fact from his colleagues.
This surprised me. But he explained that feminist ideology is very strong in Japanese universities. He said that if other professors knew he attended the March for Life, they would try to get him fired.
It’s very sad that feminism is so strongly associated with abortion. And this was not always the case.
If you want to know more about what changed, you can read the first few chapters of Subverted: How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement. Sue Ellen Browder is a former abortion advocate, and wrote this book to explain how a few people effectively grafted abortion advocacy into the women’s rights movement. This happened in America, but has had a dramatic impact internationally.
Watch a short interview with the author here:
Subverted: How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement