When it comes to men voicing their opinions about abortion, pro-abortion feminists’ position basically boils down to this: If you’re a man and you’re pro-life, you’d better shut up about it; if you’re a man and pro-choice on abortion, you’re welcome to tag along.
That, in not so blunt terms, appears to be the position of women organizing the Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21, the day after the presidential inauguration.
“This is a movement that is led by women, but it is not just for women. It’s for all people,” Linda Sarsour, one of the march’s lead organizers, told the Washington Post.
The newspaper reported:
One caveat: “You have to be okay with being led by women,” she said.
“A lot of men are quiet supporters of women,” said Jackson Katz, author of “Man Enough? Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and the Politics of Presidential Masculinity.” Millions of men voted for Clinton and support women’s rights both politically and personally, he said, but they don’t have a powerful voice.
… Katz said these men will need to speak out if they don’t want to see abortion outlawed, given Trump’s pledge to appoint antiabortion judges to federal courts.
“That means taking some risks in challenging other men, and literally standing up to the bullying that comes from the right about masculinity,” Katz said.
It recently became clear that the march, which originally was touted to be inclusive of all women and supportive of all women’s rights, is promoting an abortion agenda. Some of its key sponsors are abortion advocacy groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL, whose abortion agenda denies rights to females and males in the womb.
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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 also have been associated with the march.
For weeks, the march organizers avoided language about abortion. However, this week, they released an official platform and statements from celebrities supporting the nation’s largest abortion provider, Planned Parenthood, which aborts about 320,000 unborn babies every year.
The platform does not specifically mention abortion, but it says the march “do[es] not accept any federal, state or local rollbacks, cuts or restrictions on our ability to access quality reproductive healthcare services.” This almost certainly includes abortion.
“To no one’s surprise, Planned Parenthood and their allies in Hollywood have overtaken the Women’s March in Washington, DC to push their radical abortion agenda, alienating women who adamantly believe in human rights for all humans, born and preborn, women’s rights, and equality,” SFL President Kristan Hawkins said in reaction to the platform.
Several pro-life women’s groups, including Life Matters Journal, New Wave Feminists and pro-life leader Abby Johnson, plan to attend the march with bold signs and messages to counter the idea that women’s rights include abortion. They plan to spread the message that abortion is violence and pro-life is pro-woman. A group from Students for Life and other pro-lifers also plan to attend to urge people to support rights for babies in the womb.