As they so often do, abortion activists seem to be taking over the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. this January for their agenda.
Officially, the march organizers have not mentioned the event’s position on abortion. The mission of the march is to “send a bold message to our new government … that women’s rights are human rights,” according to its website. Strong sentiments against Donald Trump have been associated with the march, which is scheduled for Jan. 21, the day after the presidential inauguration.
However, the march, which originally was touted to be inclusive of all women and supportive of all women’s rights, is largely sponsored by abortion advocacy groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL, whose abortion agenda denies rights to females in the womb.
Some pro-life women leaders are refusing to let abortion groups take over. Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins recently announced her group’s plans to be at the march as a pro-life voice for women.
Abby Johnson, the Planned Parenthood worker-turned pro-life advocate, is another. Johnson, who runs And Then There Were None, an outreach to help abortion clinic workers who want to quit their jobs, told the Washington Times she plans to attend to protest her former employer.
“As a former director of a Planned Parenthood facility, I will be there to talk about the corruption inside this organization who proclaims to ‘care about women,’ ” Johnson said in a statement. “I am hoping to send the true feminist message that life empowers women and that women do not need the manipulative services offered by our country’s largest abortion provider.”
Brandi Swindell also plans to be at the march to help spread the message that abortion advocacy groups do not speak for all women or have their best interests at heart. Swindell is a long-time pro-life advocate who runs Stanton Health Care, a life-affirming health care group that hopes to serve women as a replacement to Planned Parenthood.
“As a woman who has spent most of her life standing up against injustice in the world and promoting the dignity of women and the sanctity of every human life, I am thrilled to be a part of the Women’s March,” Swindell said in a statement.
A few other pro-life women’s groups, including Life Matters Journal and New Wave Feminists, announced on Facebook that they also plan to attend the march with bold signs and messages about how abortion is violence and pro-life is pro-woman.
Students for Life of America, the nation’s largest student pro-life organization, says it was not approved to be an organizing partner in the march, and will protest instead.
“We are going to show those in attendance at the Women’s March that the very thing they are marching against, violence against women, is what they are promoting and lauding with their support for abortion,” the group stated on its Facebook event page.
Other pro-life women’s groups, including Susan B. Anthony List and Feminists for Life, told the Christian Post they do not feel welcome at the march because of its prominent connections to the abortion advocacy groups.
Despite its calls for peace and non-violence, the march has embraced some of the top U.S. abortion advocacy groups as partners. These include Planned Parenthood, NARAL, National Organization for Women, Center for Reproductive Rights and others.