Can you be pro-life and a feminist? What about a pro-life socialist? Can you be a libertarian and support restrictions on abortion?
The answer is yes, though that might not be the impression many have of the pro-life movement. America spoke with seven millennial women from across the ideological spectrum who all identify as pro-life. Some describe the isolation that comes from wearing that label in certain circles. “When you are part of left politics,” Elizabeth Bruenig says, the pro-life position “can be a little bit of an island.” Other express frustration over a political landscape that does not accommodate a consistently pro-life, pro-woman ethic. “Agitated is a very good word,” says Addie Mena, “that there doesn't seem to be a place for pro-life feminists in modern society.”
But, even in the midst of what is, for pro-life voters, a particularly disheartening presidential election, these women remain hopeful about the future of the movement. And hearing their thoughtful, personal perspectives on one of the most neuralgic issues in American politics might give you hope, too.