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Reader's View: Anti-feminists motivated most by abortion

The March 4 "Local View" commentary, "Millions of women left out of 'women's' movement marches," was confusing and exasperating. The thesis seemed to be that feminists are anti-family; the commentary even stretched this to compare some feminists ...

The March 4 "Local View" commentary, "Millions of women left out of 'women's' movement marches," was confusing and exasperating. The thesis seemed to be that feminists are anti-family; the commentary even stretched this to compare some feminists to Nazis.

Nothing could be further from the truth: The people in the women's movement are very concerned about the future of American families under the current administration - and, of course, families consist of fathers as well as mothers and sons as well as daughters.

We feminists support equal pay for equal work. We support common-sense gun legislation. We support the right of women and men to feel safe from harassment at work. We support family leave. We support a minimum wage that can maintain a family. We support the right to make decisions about our bodies. We support equal access to health care, including mental health care. We support equal access to a good education. We support the right to breathe fresh air and drink clean water. We support keeping families together through a compassionate immigration policy.

Which of these issues is anti-family? Not one of them. Each of my points encourages healthy families, and many members of Congress are walking in lockstep with the president to remove or diminish these necessities for healthy families. It is very frustrating, and the women and men in the marches and the movement are justifiably angry.

I suspect many "anti-feminists" are motivated by one issue: abortion, and they paint all issues that the women's movement supports with this brush. I and other feminists respect that some believe abortion is wrong, and we also believe there are many pro-family issues on which we can agree.

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As late Sen. Paul Wellstone said, "We all do better when we all do better."

Dorothy L. Johns

Duluth

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