While hundreds of thousands of women will descend upon Washington, D.C., the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s swearing-in ceremony as part of the Women’s March on Washington, pro-life groups are seemingly not invited.
Pro-lifers who do plan to attend are arming themselves with Go-Pro cameras so, ‘When they start spitting and screaming at us it will he helpful,’ Kristan Hawkins, the president of Students for Life of America, told the New York Times.
The drama began Monday when march organizers revoked partnership status from the group New Wave Feminists, a Texas-based pro-life group.
Organizers put out a statement explaining that the Women’s March’s ‘platform is pro-choice and that has been our stance from day one.’
‘We want to assure all our partners, as well as participants, that we are pro-choice as clearly stated in our Unity Principles,’ the statement continued. ‘We look forward to marching on behalf of individuals who share the view that women deserve the right to make their own reproductive decisions.’
The statement then said the ‘anti-choice organization in question is not a partner of the Women’s March on Washington.’
‘We apologize for this error.’
Pro-choice groups like Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America are leading sponsors of the protest march.
However, one in six Hillary Clinton supporters – whose election loss to Trump inspired the march – are pro-life, according to numbers from the Pew Research Center cited by the Times.
Some of the best-known voices advocated for the march, are also sticking to what the organizers said.
‘Reproductive freedom or reproductive justice means that women decide the fate of our own bodies,’ Gloria Steinem, an honorary co-chairwoman of the Women’s March told the Times.
The longtime feminist added that if women ‘want to make decisions over their own bodies, themselves, and want other women to have the same power, then they should feel very welcome at the march.’
There is, however, an annual event just a week away where pro-life women – and men too – are especially welcome, the March for Life, taking place on January 27.
The march is held the same day every year, as it marks the date the Supreme Court handed down the decision allowing legal abortion in all 50 states via Roe v. Wade.
This year’s march will feature someone who broke her own glass ceiling in campaign 2016 – Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, the first woman to run a successful presidential campaign.
Conway, now the incoming White House counselor to President Trump, is slated to speak.
SOURCE: Daily Mail, Nikki Schwab