- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 5, 2015

Famed feminist Gloria Steinem said Tuesday that the abortion she underwent after college allowed her to live her life freely.

“It gave me my life,” she told PBS host Tavis Smiley. “I mean, I wouldn’t have been able to live my life otherwise.”

Her story prompted Mr. Smiley to ask about the Planned Parenthood controversy following a series of undercover videos released by the anti-abortion group Center for Medical Progress, Newsbusters reported.

“[The attack] is part of an ultra right-wing attempt to restore the basis of patriarchy or a male-dominant system and the necessity of a long-term racist system which is controlling reproduction,” Ms. Steinem said. “And to control reproduction, you have to control the bodies of women.

“The government shouldn’t intervene. Politicians don’t make this decision. But there are people on the other side who firmly believe the contrary and that this is — and it is, in fact — the beginning of the hierarchy they believe in,” she said. “So the question is, who controls a woman’s body? Herself, which seems to me a requisite of it’s a basic human right. It’s a requisite of democracy. But without controlling reproduction, you lose control of nationalism, which has two pillars, which is territory and population. You lose the ability to decide how many workers, how many soldiers, what class, what race and so on.”

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