Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Local Woman Reflects on Her "Women's March" Experience: Not All Women Welcomed


The following article was submitted by Anna Allgaier, Regional Coordinator, Students for Life of America

Anna Allgaier
Anna was raised in Lafayette, IN and graduated in 2015 from Purdue University with a B.S. in Social Work and a B.A. in English. After watching the fight from the sidelines for many years, Anna put her pro-life beliefs into practice during her time in college. She was involved in Purdue Students for Life for four years, and served as Chapter president her senior year. While serving as President, Anna doubled Purdue’s on-campus events, pioneered Purdue Students for Life’s first student banquet, started a Pregnant-on-Campus campaign and led the club in changing hearts and saving lives at Purdue.

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: aheld@studentsforlife.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
One of our banners was stolen by marchers so we moved the other two to the curb on the side of the march and hoisted one up on cardboard poles. The rest of our team held smaller “Abortion Betrays Women”.
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.
We were encouraged by some marchers while verbally attacked by others – many of whom were men.
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.
Final Thoughts
I think all I want to say is that if the women’s march was about modern feminism, then I want no part of it. The Washington march was nothing for women to be proud of. It was the nastiest, most vulgar, hateful display of "resistance" that I have ever seen. I was shoved, spit on, and told that I "wasn't welcome" as a woman standing up for the dignity of human life inside and outside of the womb. This demonstration was overwhelmingly sad and quite frankly embarrassing for American Women. The message on the Women's March website ended with a battle cry: HEAR OUR VOICE. It's hard for a women's voice to be heard when it's being stifled by fellow women. Participants marched under the banners of "unity" "tolerance" "love" and "kindness" while simultaneously stifling our voices through crudeness, hate, and exclusion. The irony and hypocrisy flowing through this march was striking. Pro-Life women were not welcome at the Women's March- but we went anyway. We chanted anyway. We publicly rejected abortion anyway, and we stood up for equal human rights anyway.

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for standing in the gap. I realize the personal cost was great, but most things that are valuable are costly. We promise to hold tightly to you and continue to support you when you return from DC. You have earned a few moments of rest.

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  2. Thanks for standing in the gap. I realize the personal cost was great, but most things that are valuable are costly. We promise to hold tightly to you and continue to support you when you return from DC. You have earned a few moments of rest.

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  3. I love this. Thank you. It is amazing that these women scream and scream for the right to kill their own child while women who truly do not have rights in other countries mourn as their babies are taken from them.

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  4. I'm sorry you felt unwelcome and suffered harassment. I hope it was not at the hands that were holding the "love" and "tolerance" signs, like you implied. Really, your whole article is a little questionable and is filled with a discouraging amount of rhetoric. Please remember that pro-choice is not the same as pro-abortion. Preborn is not even a real word.

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    1. Are you aware that using rhetoric in an opinion piece is commonplace?
      rhet·o·ric
      [ˈredərik]

      NOUN
      the art of effective or persuasive speaking or writing, especially the use of figures of speech and other compositional techniques.

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    2. And are you aware that the world pre-born is listed in Webster's Dictionary? It means "existing, but not yet born."

      https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/preborn

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  5. You didn't feel welcomed because the march was not for you. The organizers decided to include reproductive rights as a part of their platform which was their right. Instead of trolling events why don't you organize your own?

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