A national Women’s March on Washington, D.C. has gained a lot of attention lately for being both disorganized and grassroots-based.
Now it’s drawing attention for another contentious issue that has many women upset – abortion.
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. It is scheduled for Jan. 21.
Despite its calls for peace and non-violence, some of its partners, including Planned Parenthood and NARAL, are among the most ardent abortion advocacy groups in the nation. Feminist Gloria Steinem, TV personality Samantha Bee, the National Organization for Women, Center for Reproductive Rights and other abortion advocates also are involved.
Meanwhile, 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.
SFLA recently announced on Facebook that they are planning to demonstrate at the March, as they believe the agenda for the event is biased toward the pro-choice perspective.
“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,” stated their Facebook event.
“We will not sit by as the abortion giant, Planned Parenthood, a sponsor of this March, betrays women into thinking abortion is the only choice.”
In comments sent to The Christian Post, SFLA President Kristan Hawkins explained that she attempted to contact March organizers regarding involvement, but that they never responded.
“They refused to acknowledge my inquiries into being a sponsor, perhaps thinking I was a college student, even though it was clear who I represented, the largest national youth pro-life organization,” said Hawkins.
“Even though they put forth the message that they are inclusive and are demonstrating for a variety of issues, I think they deliberately leave out pro-life organizations, deeming us not the ‘right people’ for their message.”
Other pro-life women’s groups, including Susan B. Anthony List and Feminists for Life, told the Post that they also do not feel welcome at the march because of its prominent connections to the abortion advocacy groups.
A few other pro-life women’s groups, including Life Matters Journal and New Wave Feminists, are announcing on Facebook that they do plan to attend the march with bold signs and messages about how abortion is violence and pro-life is pro-woman.