After learning her sister-in-law had had an abortion, Susan B. Anthony wrote in her diary:
"She will rue the day she forces nature."
Susan B. Anthony was quoted in The Revolution, July 1869:
"I deplore the horrible crime of child-murder...
matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from
suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits
It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death;
But oh! Thrice guilty is he who...drove her to the desperation which impels her to the crime."
In a speech she gave repeatedly in the 1870s, Susan B. Anthony stated:
"The prosecutions on our courts for breach of promise, divorce, adultery, bigamy, seduction, rape;
newspaper reports every day of every year of scandals and outrages, of
wife murders and paramour shooting, of abortions and infanticides,
are perpetual reminders of men's incapacity to cope successfully with this monster evil of society."
Susan B. Anthony wrote to Frances Willard in 1889:
even than to have had the joy of caring for children of my own has it
been to me to help bring about a better state of things for mothers
generally, so that their unborn little ones could not be willed away