As a young woman she also worked in the temperance movement and as a speaker and organizer for the American Anti-Slavery Society. Anthony and her co-worker Elizabeth Cady Stanton, wrote that Anthony "never voiced an opinion about the sanctity of fetal life ...
In 1979 she was honored as the first American woman to be represented on U. and she never voiced an opinion about using the power of the state to require that pregnancies be brought to term." Gordon said the suffrage movement in the 19th century held political and social views—"secularism, the separation of church and state, and women's self-ownership" (women's autonomy)—that do not fit with modern pro-life concerns.
Anthony was a leader of the American women's suffrage movement whose position on abortion has been the subject of a modern-day dispute.
The dispute has primarily been between anti-abortion activists who say that Anthony expressed oppostion to abortion and scholars who say she did not.
Our conclusion: Anthony spent no time on the politics of abortion.
It was of no interest to her, despite living in a society (and a family) where women aborted unwanted pregnancies." Thomas disputed Dannenfelser's assertion that abortion was not a political issue during that period, and she disputed the idea that society firmly opposed abortion.Thomas cited three academic histories, including a history of abortion by James Mohr, who discussed what he called the doctrine of quickening, the belief that it was legally and morally permissible to terminate pregnancy prior to the perception of fetal movement.Mohr said there was a surge in abortions after 1840 and that a study of abortion in New York City published in 1868 concluded that there was approximately one abortion there for every four live births.Today, the anniversary of the Seneca Falls Convention, we are featuring an essay Susan B. Women do not enjoy one privilege to-day beyond those possessed by their foremothers, which was not demanded by her before the present generation was born. In the light of the present, it seems natural that she should have made those first demands for women; but at the time it was done the act was far more revolutionary than was the Declaration of Independence by the colonial leaders.Anthony wrote in 1902, called “Woman’s Half-Century of Evolution.” In it she discusses how women’s rights had evolved since Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucretia Mott, and others, had held the first Women’s Rights Convention in 1848—in a time when women weren’t often allowed to speak in public. There had been other rebellions against the rule of kings and nobles; men from time immemorial had been accustomed to protest against injustice; but for women to take such action was without a precedent and the most daring innovation in all history…The FFL said that Howe's diary entry for that date indicated that she had argued about infanticide with Stanton, who, according to Howe, "excused infanticide on the grounds that women did not want to bring moral monsters into the world, and said that these acts were regulated by natural law. Thomas said it is a mistake to believe that the views of Anthony and Stanton are compatible with those of the modern anti-abortion movement.She called attention to the case of Hester Vaughn, who was sentenced to hang for killing her newborn child in 1868.In 1999, Ken Burns released a film about the lives of Susan B.Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton called Not for Ourselves Alone.The Nineteenth Amendment, which guarantees the right of women to vote, has been called the Susan B. Anthony Papers project was initiated at Rutgers University to collect and document all available materials written by Anthony and her co-worker Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Gordon, it gathered some 14,000 documents, more than doubling the sources that previously had been available. Anthony List (SBA List), which was founded in 1993 as a political group with the goal of ending abortion in the United States by supporting pro-life politicians, especially women, described Anthony as "an outspoken critic of abortion." Stevens said pro-choice activists were "outraged over what they say is an unproven claim and concerned that their heroine is being appropriated by a community led by the very people Anthony battled during her lifetime: social conservatives." A week after the Stevens article appeared, author and columnist Stacy Schiff wrote, "There is no question that [Anthony] deplored the practice of abortion, as did every one of her colleagues in the suffrage movement", Gordon and others strongly disagreed with the idea that Anthony opposed abortion.Anthony Amendment because of her efforts to achieve its passage. Gordon said she noticed in 1989 that some anti-abortion organizations were stating that Susan B. Gordon, who published a six-volume collection of the works of Susan B.