Whoopi Goldberg has said some pretty outrageous things in support of abortion on The View.
But this week, the actress validated the pro-life position by admitting that the Women’s March on Washington should not have kicked out pro-life groups as partners.
The Jan. 21 march took a decidedly pro-abortion turn a couple weeks ago after initially touting itself as inclusive and inter-sectional. It even welcomed three pro-life groups – New Wave Feminists, And Then There Were None and Stanton Healthcare – as partners.
Just days later, abortion advocates learned about the partnership and made a huge fuss on social media. The march organizers quickly caved to abortion activists’ pressure and kicked out the pro-life groups from its partner list.
In an interview Wednesday with CNN, Goldberg said the march organizers should have been more clear about their position on abortion. She also said they made “a mistake” by revoking the pro-life groups’ partnership status.
Goldberg seemed to attempt to explain away the controversy, saying, “People who organized this never specifically said ‘this is just, this is for you and this is for you.’” She continued, “Y’know once you get too many people involved, everybody says ‘well you can’t come in, you can’t come in,’ but from what I understand… that was not true of the organizers.”
But finally she acknowledged, “yes it was a mistake because this was about women marching.”
The march organizers were not clear early on about their position on abortion. However, in the midst of the debacle, they released an official platform that supported abortion. Then, they highlighted the abortion business Planned Parenthood as a premier partner and announced that its CEO Cecile Richards was a guest speaker.
An article in The Atlantic first sparked the controversy:
A pro-life group based in Texas, New Wave Feminists, was granted partnership status on Friday. “Intersectional feminism is the future of feminism and of this movement,” said Bob Bland, one of the event’s co-chairs. “We must not just talk about feminism as one issue, like access to reproductive care.” (On Monday afternoon, after the publication of this article, the Women’s March organizers removed the New Wave Feminists from their website and list of partners. “The Women’s March’s platform is pro-choice and that has been our stance from day one,” the organizers said in a statement. “The anti-choice organization in question is not a partner of the Women’s March on Washington. We apologize for this error.”)
Some pro-lifers marched on Jan. 21 anyway, refusing to be silenced by the pro-abortion bent of the march and its celebrity-studded rally. They marched to demonstrate that women’s rights should include equal treatment and protections for every woman, including those in the womb.