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Rhetoric 2/5/08 Abortion in Fargo was a touchy subject. Everyone had their side and was willing to fight for it. Even though abortion activism was huge, friendships were developed with opponents through the activism. These activists were fighting to put an abortion clinic in Fargo. Others were fighting against this. Living in Fargo, every woman had her side and fought for it. Feminism in Fargo was not as outgoing as other feminists around the United States. One activist, Kay Bellevue, became involved with the women’s movement in the early 1970’s. She made connections to local and national feminist organizations, and her dream was to open an abortion clinic to help women. When moving to Fargo, she “got really frustrated because they [other Fargo feminists] did not want to get involved with abortion. They thought it might be construed as being linked with the ERA and that [passage of the ERA] was of utmost importance to them” (Ginsburg, 77).
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Unformatted text preview: Women in Fargo claimed their feminist actions to be through symbolic actions such as nurturance and domesticity. One feminist member of the Baker’s Center says, “We are feminists, but we are not rabble-rousing bra burners…” (Ginsburg, 79). The feminists of Fargo do not cause a rumble when it comes to topics other than abortion and the building of an abortion clinic: There is no issue in the women’s movement in which I can more readily accept opposition. If someone starts having opposing views on any other issue, I question their support for feminism. The issue of abortion is one where I can tolerate dissension (Ginsburg, 79) Even though there are enthusiastic feminist activists in Fargo, abortion sometimes drew ambivalent reactions. It was hard for Kay to get support from feminists or physicians in Fargo because a vast amount of feminists believed that being a feminist was at the home and the needs of family....
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