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Pro-life women banned from anti-Trump Women's March on Washington

17 January 2017

"They will also encourage women to participate in the march who will challenge the federal government to defund Planned Parenthood and give that $540,000,000 to federally licensed health clinics that provide more comprehensive women's health care services".

Similarly, Herndon-De La Rosa told The Atlantic her group's members are "true feminists" and said it would look bad for any pro-life group to protest women instead of supporting them.

One of the statements posted on the Women's March on Washington website, focused on the march's inclusivity, says in part, "As witnessed by the recent election, there has been a profound deepening of the divisions in our country". The organization tweeted a statement saying, "The Women's March's platform is pro-choice and that has been our stance from day one..."

A pro-life women's group planning to participate in the Women's March on Washington Saturday following Friday's inauguration of Donald Trump has been removed from the March's sponsorship list after notable feminists decried their inclusion.

On Sunday, New Wave Feminists announced on its Facebook page that it had been chosen as an official partner of the January 21 Women's March on Washington, putting them on a par with Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America. We want to assure all of our partners, as well as participants, that we are pro-choice as clearly stated in our Unity Principles...the anti-choice organization in question is not a partner of the Women's March on Washington.

The Women's March on Washington's message could not be clearer: "women" does not include pro-life women or women in the womb. "We apologize for this error". We seek to address these divisions and stand together in the face of injustice. Bob Bland, one of the event's co-chairs said, "Intersectional feminism is the future of feminism and of this movement".

"These are the women we would be trying to reach, anyway", De La Rosa added. "We're feminists first and foremost".

The head of New Wave Feminists, Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa told the website Newsbusters that she had not heard from the march organizers about the group's demotion.

Even aside from the absurdity of these arguments, such unconscionable attacks on pro-life women denigrate a large share of the nation's female population: Recent data from the Pew Research Center shows that 40 percent of US women believe abortion should be illegal in all or most cases. "We deserve better than the violence of abortion".