10 Things Pro-Life Women Saw At The Women’s March

By Reagan Barklage, Midwest Regional Director

As four of us ladies from SFLA spent today unwinding from the Women’s March yesterday, we decided to document 10 of the top things we were told. Gotta love “feminism”

WARNING: OFFENSIVE CONTENT BELOW. READ AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION

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1.“We should start burying our menstrual blood.”
please stop.

2.“MY BODY MY CHOICE!” -from a man
Dude, you’re a dude.

3.“Just wait until you have an unplanned pregnancy, then you will have an abortion. I have seen it happen a million times.”
Make that 57 million times :<

4.“You aren’t welcome here.” -from a man
that’s awkward

5.“I hope you get raped and have to have an abortion”
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6.“Have you adopted a kid with AIDS?”
As if you can’t speak out against the injustice of abortion if you haven’t adopted a kid with HIV/AIDS

7.“If you found out the baby was gay you would abort it? Muslim?”
No. We actually are consistently pro-life.

8.“7 out of 10 of you will have an abortion”
I doubt that.

9.“YOU BETRAY WOMEN”
We are women.

10.“BIRTH CONTROL FOR MEN!”
Men consistently take birth control…pshhh right.

What exactly is SFLA doing at the Women’s March on Saturday?

By Michele Hendrickson, Eastern Regional Director

In the last ten minutes alone, I’ve read “Picnic with Piggy” to my daughter for the millionth time, convinced my 4-year-old that butter is not a food group, and registered five more students for the Students for Life National Conference! Welcome to the life of a pro-life activist and mother.

Since I’m on such a productive roll, I thought I would pause and take a moment to answer a lot of questions I’ve been receiving this week about our participation in the Women’s March on Washington this weekend.womens march scotus sign

Questions from students like….

“I voted for Trump, I’m pro-life, but I’m not sure if I should participate in this March.  Is this for me?”

“I didn’t vote for Trump, but I’m also anti-abortion.  How can I help?”

“I originally planned on joining the Women’s March, but now that they’re officially pro-abortion, I’m not sure what to do.”

And finally, the big one…

“This march seems to have a clear pro-abortion message; do we even belong here?”

The short answer is, YES, pro-life women 100% belong at the Women’s March.  Here’s why…

  1. Planned Parenthood and the Abortion Industry do not own Women’s Rights. Call it feminism, call it commonsense, call it whatever you want.  The idea that women are equal human beings is not new, it’s not owned by one group, and abortion advocates are the least consistent with this principle.  Preborn female humans are destroyed in the womb, every day, through legal abortion.  Born women who walk into Planned Parenthood are being sold a lie that abortion can somehow solve all their problems.Our presence at the Women’s March is critical to show the Pro-Life Pro-Woman position.
  2. This is not about Trump. That’s really all I have to say about that.  We have students joining us from all backgrounds and political affiliations.We’ll be at the Women’s March to show that no matter who you voted for, we should all be united for Women and in opposition to the biggest violence against women: abortion.
  3. We belong anywhere abortion is being glorified. Some are questioning their type of participation because of the March’s “Unity Principles”.  Do we join?  Do we protest?  I think defining our involvement as either one would be a mischaracterization of our efforts.  We will not be protesting women’s rights – we are women!  But at this point, simply joining has become more complicated.In case you haven’t been caught up, here are the “Unity Principles” of the Women’s March:
  • Ending Violence – We 100% agree! In fact, we would argue we are far more consistent with our beliefs of nonviolence than any abortion supporter.  Abortion destroys innocent members of our human society.
  • LGBTQIA Rights – Our pro-life student leaders identify as Gay, Straight, You-Name-It, because we know that ALL people, no matter how they identify, can understand the importance of protecting those who are the most marginalized among us: the preborn.
  • Worker’s Rights – Obviously! In fact, we’ll up the ante and add PAID Maternity and Paternity leave so that our society can better support working families.
  • Civil Rights – Another obvious YES! We hope the Women’s March itself will uphold their own unity principle here, protecting “freedom of speech”.
  • Disability Rights – It is a great tragedy that abortion has reduced the population of Down Syndrome persons in the United States by an estimated thirty percent. Persons with disabilities are valuable, no matter what age.
  • Immigrant Rights – I am a third-generation Italian-American woman. My heritage is important to me and I’m thankful for the opportunities this country has provided for my family.  Another obvious no-brainer here.
  • Environmental Justice – Yes! I am the girl at the party who brings an extra grocery bag just in case they don’t recycle.  Who wouldn’t want a clean environment?
  • Reproductive Rights – As defined by the Women’s March is, “access to safe, legal abortion” – DEAL. BREAKER.  The Women’s March is way off in their description here.  I should have the freedom to use my body to reproduce as I see fit.  Once I’ve used that right to create another person, that new human should be treated equally. Having access to healthcare that helps me take care of my body is important to me, and I deserved this from the very moment my body came into being – conception.  Before I was born, I was a person who deserved healthcare, not a price tag on my death sentence in the name of Reproductive Rights.If you’re still not sure how to feel about this, let me put it to you this way…Would we happily and fully join a march that had any other act of violence in its Unity Principles?

Quick exercise: replace abortion with something else.
“access to safe, legal, human trafficking,”
access to safe, legal, dismemberment of newborns,”
“access to safe, legal, spousal abuse,

Those things are crazy!  I would never risk any possible association with those violent principles, no matter how much I fully support the others.

So I want to make it clear what Students for Life will be doing at the Women’s March:

We will not compromise our pro-life position.

We will not be inconsistent.

We WILL march on behalf of equal rights for all humans, born and preborn.

Lessons from the Other Side

feministconfBy Beth O’Malley, SFLA National Programs Coordinator

A panel of women line the table in front of a vibrant crowd. The room is abuzz with excitement as women come clapping and chanting down the aisle. “STAND UP! FIGHT BACK,” they chant with great enthusiasm. The crowd cheers along, and the conference is underway. Speakers come to the podium, and one after another, they urge the women and men of the room to stand up for those beliefs that they hold dear.

One woman approaches the podium and gives a touching speech about her journey from homelessness to a position in the Virginia House of Delegates. She addresses her young audience:

“I want to make sure that we are living in a place that emphasizes freedom, compassion, and a sense of fair play. I want to make sure that we have a government that is working so that a child born today will have the same opportunities to succeed that the generations before us have dreamed regardless of gender, regardless of race, and regardless of sexual orientation. We must work toward policies that ensure a safety net for the most vulnerable when the worst happens.”

Lovely speech, isn’t this? Add the part where this woman states that she is “being a voice to those who don’t have one,” and we might be convinced that this is speech is pro-life! Don’t be fooled, my friends. What I failed to mention is that you have entered the inner sanctum of none other than the 9th Annual National Young Feminist Leadership Conference!

Welcome to the training grounds for young feminists! Brace yourself for a weekend of commentary on abortion, birth control, abortion, birth control, abort– … Did I repeat myself?  Sorry! We also have other important matters to discuss- like LGBTQ rights, immigration concerns, gun control, and voter registration. Leading these discussions is our cast of characters- including Eleanor Smeal (President of Feminist Majority Foundation), Katherine Spillar (Executive Vice President of Feminist Majority Foundation), Clare Coleman (President of National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association), Terry O’Neill (President of National Organization for Women), and a wide range of feminist activists and leaders.

Now you are probably wondering what Sarah Maher (Capitol Area Regional Coordinator), Lauren (a pro-life student leader), and I were doing sitting third row in a room full of feminists who “boo” at the word “personhood” and cheer on the advancement of “reproductive justice.” Surely, there are much better ways to spend a Saturday! However, there is much knowledge to be gained when we seek to discover the language, goals, and understandings of our fellows on the other side of this battle.

While there is much to share from this Saturday’s conference, here is the most important note:

They are afraid. Very afraid.

Throughout the workshops, our team noticed an interesting contrast in presentation. While the presenters tried to assert confidence and enthusiasm in their position, their tone towards the current state of this battle was disappointed and frustrated! They are “on the defensive,” and we have done a significant amount of damage with our pro-active efforts on the grassroots levels and in legislative measures. In my second workshop attendance, I listened to the panel list numerous ballot initiatives, amendments, and lawsuits challenging their abortion and “family planning” programs. In particular, it is important to note what the panelists claimed was causing the most damage.

  1. We have turned the conversation. We are discussing matters that are not within the framework that the other side wants.
  2. We are fighting on our turf. We have gained ground through ballot initiatives, amendments, and lawsuits that challenge the other side to take the defensive.
  3. We make them spend money. Our constant, pro-active fights in community, state, and federal battles are costing them time, money, and resources.
  4. We are targeting Planned Parenthood. Our increased efforts to put the abortion Goliath out of business are having a huge effect! “If you can make them spend a few million dollars in a few different states every year, that’s a lot less money for actual patient care and services.”
  5. We sometimes split their base and cause them to fight amongst one another.

Pro-life leaders, students, and activists – you are the reason that our pro-abortion opponents fear that they are losing! Your persistence, energy, and passion to defend life in every state and on every level has caused the tide to turn. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed, and your commitment has not been in vain. Whether you have been in this for 40 years or for a few months, you have made an impact.

Our pro-abortion opponents label us as “terrifying,” “extreme,” and “radical.” While I have never considered myself any of these things, I can only draw upon a quote from William Wilberforce: “If to be feelingly alive to the sufferings of my fellow-creatures is to be a fanatic, I am one of the most incurable fanatics ever permitted to be at large.”

To all of our fellow “fanatics,” Students for Life of America is proud to be in this battle alongside you. We will continue to fight for every life to be protected and cherished from conception to natural death.

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