The expected Women’s March on Washington, scheduled for this Sunday, says of itself that it “will send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”
Well, not all of us.
The group kicked out the pro-life group New Wave Feminists, which opposes abortion but also opposes Donald Trump for other reasons, from its list of official event sponsors. After Emma Green wrote in The Atlantic about pro-life women who will join the march, citing a march’s co-chair allowing, “We must not just talk about feminism as one issue, like access to reproductive care,” abortion champions struck back.
Intersectional feminism does not include a pro-life agenda. That's not how it works! The right to choose is a fundamental part of feminism.— roxane gay (@rgay) January 16, 2017
Horrified that the @womensmarch has partnered w/an anti-choice org. Plse reconsider - inclusivity is not about bolstering those who harm us.— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) January 16, 2017
We need to stop the myth that feminism is simply 'anything a woman does.' Feminism is a movement for justice - abortion access is central.— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) January 16, 2017
Of course, the “unity statement” from the march also reads, “We believe in Reproductive Freedom. We do not accept any federal, state or local rollbacks, cuts or restrictions on our ability to access quality reproductive healthcare services, birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, or medically accurate sexuality education. This means open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control for all people, regardless of income, location or education.”
Some pro-life groups will protest the women’s march because it is co-sponsored by groups such as Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.