Over the past few months, the roar of the feminist movement hit a level not seen since the 1960’s. Their most ardent cry proclaims their right to kill their unborn children. Completely dedicated to their cause, they removed pro-life groups from partnering in their January 21st “March for Women’s Rights”. Apparently, full agreement with other issues is irrelevant. However, Black Lives Matter proudly marched even though black babies make up the highest percentage rate of aborted babies of all races. Due to the obvious single-issue obsession of this movement, they would have banned one the most compelling African-American women of the 20th century as well.
One of the strongest pioneers for women’s progress, Dr. Mildred Fay Jefferson broke through a multitude of glass ceilings in her lifetime. A trailblazer in the medical field, she made incredible advances for both women and blacks. However, progressives edit or completely overlook her accomplishments during Black History Month because of her stand on abortion.
Born in 1926, Jefferson grew up in a time of Jim Crowe laws and segregation. The Ku Klux Klan was re-enslaving blacks, not with whips and chains, but with fear and intimidation. At the same time, the eugenics movement, led by progressive icon Margaret Sanger, took root. Yet with the deck stacked against her, she pole-vaulted over these obstacles instead of beating her head against them.
Her parents, a Methodist minister and a teacher, instilled in Jefferson the importance of faith and education. Her love of medicine cultivated at a young age as she shadowed the doctor’s horse drawn carriage around town. In 1942, at just 16 years old, Jefferson received at Bachelor’s degree from Texas College. Still too young to attend medical school, Jefferson passed the time earning a Master’s degree from Tufts University.
From here, Jefferson began shattering the norms. In 1951, she became the first black woman to graduate from Harvard Medical School. From there, Boston City Hospital accepted her as their first female surgical intern. Finally, Boston University Medical Center hired her as their first female doctor. With such an impressive resume, the Boston Surgical Society welcomed her as their first female member.
If her story stopped here, feminists across the country would be praising her name. However, she had an even stronger passion than medicine and surgery. Her medical accomplishments took a back seat to her true passion: abolishing abortion.
Jefferson’s most profound accomplishment was the establishment of the National Right to Life Committee in 1968. She fearlessly spoke out against eugenics, connecting the dots between it, racism, and abortion. Without fail, today’s progressives and feminists choose agenda over principles. Jefferson, on the other hand, always stuck to her core beliefs grounded in her faith.
Jefferson harshly criticized the 1973 Roe vs Wade decision, proclaiming:
“U.S. Supreme Court Justices don’t have to see the impact or consequences of their decisions … as they want us to carry out these socially destructive missions, and I say no, and I am not willing to give up the role of doctor as healer to become the new social executioner.”
In 1981, Congress attempted to officially declare that human life “shall be deemed to exist from conception.” Had it passed, the bill would have allowed states the ability to prosecute abortion as murder. In efforts to help move the bill forward, Jefferson spoke before Congress. During her statement, she expressed that Roe vs Wade “gave my profession an almost unlimited license to kill. With the obstetrician and mother becoming the worst enemy of the child and the pediatrician becoming the assassin for the family,…the state must be enabled to protect the life of the child, born and unborn.”
“In 1857, the U.S Supreme Court looked at the slave, Dred Scott, and came up with the wrong decision, declaring the slave a property and not a citizen under the Constitution. In 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court got it wrong again and handed down decisions on abortion which declared ‘open season’ on unborn children throughout the full nine months of pregnancy.”
Jefferson’s fight went beyond the effects of abortion on unborn babies and their mothers. As a surgeon, she well understood the burden abortion placed on doctors who swore to heal. Jefferson recognized the horrors Nazism performed in the name of eugenics. Likewise, she did everything she could to educate her fellow doctors and all Americans of this progressive danger. She wisely warned:
“The doctor who willingly accepts destroying life will have no grounds on which to object if the state should compel that doctor to destroy life.”
In 1980, she worked for Ronald Reagan’s presidential campaign in Massachusetts. More than just a supporter, her strong arguments against abortion opened his eyes to its ugliness. Reagan credited Jefferson for converting him to pro-life, telling her in a personal letter, “You have made it irrefutably clear that an abortion is the taking of a human life. I am grateful to you.” Her work with the Republican Party made such an impact, following her death in 2010, the 4th Congressional District Chapter of the Massachusetts Republicans was renamed after her.
In a 2003 interview with The American Feminist, Jefferson told the anti-abortion magazine:
“I am at once a physician, a citizen, and a woman, and I am not willing to stand aside and allow the concept of expendable human lives to turn this great land of ours into just another exclusive reservation where only the perfect, the privileged, and the planned have the right to live.”
Jefferson destroyed both racial and gender barriers. Likewise, her life decimates the modern, liberal mold feminists want to force African-Americans in to. She crushes their entire narrative of what they believe women and minorities should be. Jefferson would have rejected the agenda of the “March for Women’s Rights” as well as Black Lives Matters. She was, without a doubt, a supporter of All Lives Matter.
“The fight for the right to life is not the cause of a special few, but the cause of every man, woman and child who cares not only about his or her own family, but the whole family of man.”
Feminists, women, and minorities should cherish Dr. Mildred Jefferson as a role model for all girls across the country. However, because of her passionate, pro-life principles, progressives rewrite and ignore valuable history to hide people like Jefferson. If she is mentioned, her statements against abortion and eugenics are conveniently left out.
Jefferson’s story conflicts with the progressive narrative that religious fanatics are just backwoods rednecks. Pro-lifers are not intelligent enough to understand a fetus is just tissue. The Republican Party’s entire objective is to oppress minorities, especially women and blacks. Women who oppose abortion are not feminists.
Dr. Mildred Jefferson stood for God, truth, and equality, and proved them all wrong.
But that’s just my 2 cents.