She Called Abortion a "Blessing"

The Freedom from Religion Foundation has announced that co-founder Anne Nicol Gaylor died last night at age 88. She ran the foundation for two and a half decades. She was “out to destroy Christianity”. She was a polemicist in the very best sense of that word. She wrote thousands of checks to fund abortions through her Women’s Medical Fund and made sure there was always someone to answer the phone when someone found themselves pregnant and desperate.

She is also, as a female atheist activist of a prior generation, always in danger of being written out of history. Yes, even having done all that.

Don’t let her be forgotten. Take a moment to celebrate a life devoted to making a difference. Read an appreciation of her life, and recognize the quotes that are used so often and attributed to her so rarely. Read her writing (including her book Abortion Is a Blessing) and share it with others.

This kind of legacy is the only form of immortality we’re offered. If anyone has earned it, Anne Nicol Gaylor certainly did.

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She Called Abortion a "Blessing"
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5 thoughts on “She Called Abortion a "Blessing"

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    She is also, as a female atheist activist of a prior generation, always in danger of being written out of history.

    Not on my watch. She was and always will be a personal hero of mine, and I have written about her many times, most recently this piece for Secular Woman’s HerStory project. I think the greatest tribute I can make to her life is to commit to continuing her work.

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    Not, in so many ways, a group you’d want as role models:

    Though life is lost, one thing will outlive us: memory sinks not beneath the mould.
    Till the Weird of the World stands, unforgotten, high under heaven, the hero’s name.

    –The Bjarkamaal

    On the other hand, they did get some things right.

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