The following article was submitted by Anna Allgaier, Regional Coordinator, Students for Life of America
Since graduation Anna has worked in Marketing and Outreach at a local crisis pregnancy center. She is very passionate about the Pro-Life movement and is excited to work to empower her generation to become strong advocates for life and leaders among us. By working together, a culture of life can be spread and abortion will be abolished in her lifetime!
If you are interested in joining the fight and learning more about how to set up a club at your school, please contact Anna at: firstname.lastname@example.org
When I heard about the Women’s March in Washington, D.C. back in November, I knew I wanted to go to be a voice for women betrayed by the abortion industry, for the most innocent and vulnerable preborn babies killed every day, and for the marginalized in our society that are overlooked because they have a disability.
Pro-Lifers Not Welcome
Originally the Women’s March never said a word about abortion on their website or Facebook page but instead promoted worthy goals of protecting women and families and defending those who couldn’t defend themselves, all in the spirit of unity, love and compassion – none of which I disagreed with!
|Pro-life women were harassed|
But then Planned Parenthood got their hooks into the march as it started growing in interest. Their sponsorship led to a total overhaul of the principles, changing the event website to proclaim support for “reproductive rights” (aka abortion rights) and explicitly stating that they support abortion, the pro-choice agenda, and that there was no room for pro-life groups – kicking out pro-life groups they had originally accepted.
Even so, I was always going to attend. Who else would lend a voice to the pro-life position, to a position that many women – including Millennials – believe is morally wrong. I needed to be there to speak the truth, to be a witness to the travesty of abortion and the destruction the abortion industry causes to preborn babies, their mothers, and countless families.
So I went.
Once in D.C, I met up with my female coworkers from the National Organization, Students for Life of America.
Into the March
It was wall-to-wall people everywhere and very difficult to get where we wanted to be. But as we carried our signs through the throngs of people, many jeered at us and yelled “my body, my choice” but some thanked us for being there.
I believe there were many more pro-life women in the crowd than anyone would let on – but why would they want to expose themselves to a hostile group of women who were anything but inclusive?
Since we had trouble getting anywhere, our team tried to reassemble along the march route to set up our banners. We wanted to be heard in this March of women who claimed love and sisterhood for everyone except anti-abortion women.
Along the side of the Women’s March (that we were excluded from), we held our signs that read “Abortion Betrays Women” and “We Don’t Need Planned Parenthood”
Harassed and Spit Upon
As the March approached us, many marchers started screaming at us. Two girls were vocal about wanting to fight us. One person stood in front of us holding up her middle finger.
We said nothing. This was the welcome we were shown.
|Vulgarities were on full display|
Volunteer marshals from the march had to form a barrier between the marchers and our banner because we were being harassed. At one point, one of the angry marchers broke through the marshals and started yelling in my face. She yelled “You’re Not Welcome Here!” and told me that I needed to “GO Home!”. I calmly explained to her the irony in her statements, reminding her that this March started as a platform for women to unite and for their voices to be heard. Apparently, she did not appreciate my explanation, because after that she spit in my face.
It was brutal and disheartening but we stayed. We were able to have a few civil conversations with some participants of the March.
So what did I accomplish?
I went to be witnesses for women hurt by abortion and for the babies torn apart and callously discarded by the abortion industry. I went to show that there are anti-abortion women who don’t buy into the lies of Planned Parenthood, that you can be pro-life and pro-woman.
But we were successful in showing that the women’s march was really a pro-abortion march, a demonstration dead set against including women with any other opinions about abortion. The Women’s March wasn’t a march for women: it was a march only for select women who held a pro-abortion point of view.
Women – all women – deserve better than that.