Regarding Kathleen Parker’s Dec. 11 op-ed column, “Feminism and the right”:
Feminism is an action agenda to secure the social, legal and political equality of women. Supporting policies and practices that help that agenda is what makes a person a feminist. The concept of a pro-life feminist is untenable because restrictions upon abortion deny women their agency as moral decision-makers and dignity as human beings.
A person can choose never to have an abortion and still be a feminist. But a person cannot privilege the potential of birth over the humanity of other women and be a feminist. This is truer where injustice for women is systemic and pregnancy and parenthood wield dramatic changes to a woman’s health, finances and family.
Ms. Parker seems confused not just by what it means to be a feminist but also by what it means to be conservative. Truly — at least for those who accept that women are people — how is intervening in the most intimate and encompassing aspects of people’s lives conservative?
Erin Matson, Arlington
The writer is a member of the board of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Foundation.