It is widely known that the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday, January 21 was not a march for all women. The organizers of the march prided themselves on their “intersectional feminism,” and the inclusion of women from many different racial and cultural backgrounds . While this effort at intersectionality is commendable in many respects, the it was not a protest for the rights of all women. Notably, pro-life organizations and pro-life women were told explicitly that this march was not for them. In fact, organizers and many participants of the march considered “pro-life” to be synonymous with “anti-woman.” The Women’s March was not an inclusive march, and it is important to recognize that its focus was abortion.
Surely, some claimed that they marched to obtain equal pay for women or to protest President Trump’s remarks in the 2005 Access Hollywood tape. However, the role of Planned Parenthood as the “Exclusive Premiere Sponsor” of the Women’s March made it perfectly clear, especially to pro-life feminists, that the march was a defense of abortion and Planned Parenthood.
Being that the overt aim of the protest was to defend abortion and abortion providers, I felt that I had no reason to attend and did not do so. Students for Life, on the other hand, not only attended, but adeptly organized a protest against abortion at the Women’s March. But, while I chose to forego the March, I did, nevertheless, attend the inauguration.
Some may question my choice, but for me and many pro-life feminists, such a choice is self-evident. The life agenda is not a partisan issue—neither the Republican nor the Democratic party condemn abortion, euthanasia, and the death penalty. Abortion, however, is an issue that is relevant on the national scale of politics, as opposed to euthanasia and the death penalty, which are decided at the state level. Many in the pro-life community hesitate to express optimism about our new president, and because of his lack of experience and temperament, some hesitation is understandable. In regards to abortion, on the contrary, everyone ought to be optimistic because the federal government has an unprecedented opportunity to reverse the entrenched practice of abortion.
I, myself, am optimistic about the changes the next two years could bring. It is time to defund Planned Parenthood and redirect their funding to women’s health centers that provide real comprehensive healthcare for women. No matter what the alarmists might claim, women will still have access to the health care they need if Planned Parenthood is defunded. In fact, there are nearly 10,000 federal community health centers across all 50 states compared to just 650 Planned Parenthood clinics. These health centers served 24 million people in 2015 while Planned Parenthood can only claim to serve about 2.5 million every year. Planned Parenthood spreads misinformation as a scare tactic because it does not want to lose profit and business.
Additionally, President Trump can quickly sign an executive order to reinstate the Mexico City Policy, guidelines which prohibit funding groups that promote or provide abortions overseas. President Trump has indicated that he will do so, and we await his executive action in the coming days.
It is now also the time to appoint a pro-life justice to the Supreme Court to replace Justice Scalia. This is the first step toward overturning Roe v. Wade and restoring equal protection to the pre-born, who have been defenseless for over forty years. We will see at least one pro-life justice, perhaps more, appointed to the Court and the creation of a new judicial bulwark against abortion.
With the abortion rate at the lowest it’s been since Roe v. Wade, and pro-life executive and legislative branches, I am optimistic about the future. Nevertheless, there is still much to be done. We must unite as never before and show the country that the pro-life movement is as strong as ever. Half a million people came to the Women’s March on Washington on Saturday and demanded that abortion be legal. Attendance at the March for Life, coming up this Friday, January 27th, has far surpassed half a million attendees before, and it is time to do it again.
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