View Full Version : Phyllis Schafly: Good example of one person in conflict with herself

John Smith
08-04-2010, 10:42 AM
Recently, this long term conservative activist made a statement that, basically, pointed the finger of blame at single mom:
Schlafly: "All welfare goes to unmarried moms."
She wrote a best-selling book to boost Barry Goldwater and campaigned against the Equal Rights Amendment, and now Phyllis Schlafly has a new target in her sights - unmarried women.
Schlafly, who has endorsed 60 Republican candidates in this year's election, may have given the Democrats an early election day gift.
At a Troy, Michigan, fundraiser on Saturday, the president of the Eagle Forum spoke out, saying:

"Unmarried women, 70 percent of unmarried women, voted for Obama, and this is because when you kick your husband out, you've got to have big brother government to be your provider."
On Thursday, in an interview with Talking Points Memo, Schlafly repeated her link of single women, Obama and welfare, and added.

"Yes, I said that. It's true too. All welfare goes to unmarried moms. They are trying to line up their constituency for Obama and Democrats against Republican candidates."
However, she’s been a long term opponent of abortion.
http://pages.slu.edu/student/poellja/ERAsAssistToAbortion.html (http://pages.slu.edu/student/poellja/ERAsAssistToAbortion.html)
"Phyllis Schlafly, a conservative political activist and lawyer, actively opposed legal abortion and the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). During the 1970's, she resided in Alton, Illinois, a city located across the Mississippi River from St. Louis, and she has since been active in Missouri politics. Schlafly was responsible for preventing the ERA's success. The following article appeared in the December 1974 issue of The Phyllis Schlafly Report, Schlafly's newsletter. She described the ERA as a vehicle to "assure and make permanent their ["women's libbers"] goal of unlimited abortion on demand." Schlafly discussed what she believed to be potential radical outcomes of both legal abortion and the ERA. For example, she claimed "pro-ERA" and "pro-abortion" public policy would "require the public schools to give counseling for abortion." Schlafly contributed to the polarization of the abortion controversy, as well as to the movement against women's liberation, i.e., the anti-feminist movement."
Ms. Schafly’s long term efforts to prevent women from getting abortions has created many of those single moms. Wonder if she takes any of that "personal responsibility" for making what she perceives as a problem?

Ian McColgin
08-04-2010, 07:00 PM
Our federal laws concerning welfare make it almost impossible for any but a single parent (usually the mom) to get welfare. So what Schafly is saying is that AFDC is administered in compliance with the law as Congress passed it.

C. Ross
08-04-2010, 07:43 PM
TANF. It hasn't been called AFDC for a long while.

Ian McColgin
08-04-2010, 08:14 PM
Right, but still hard for two parent families to get it.