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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - Students for Life of America (SFLA) is planning to protest the Women's March on Washington, after not being approved to be a sponsor of the demonstration. The Women's March will be held the day after President-Elect Donald Trump's inauguration to protest his president and to support of abortion and women's rights.
SFLA posted an announcement Wednesday on its Facebook page, "We are going to show those in attendance at the Women’s March that the very thing they are marching against, violence against women, is what they are promoting and lauding with their support for abortion. Will you join us?"
Kristan Hawkins, president of SFLA, commented,
They refused to acknowledge my inquiries into being a sponsor, perhaps thinking I was a college student, even though it was clear who I represented, the largest national youth pro-life organization. Even though they put forth the message that they are inclusive and are demonstrating for a variety of issues, I think they deliberately leave out pro-life organizations, deeming us not the "right people" for their message.
She further remarked, "We want to show the nation that this generation of young people are pro-women and pro-life and that social justice matters to us as well, and it should be applied equally to the human race." Pro-abortion activism will be a centerpiece of the Women's March, as Planned Parenthood (PP) and the pro-abortion National Organization for Women (NOW) will be participating.
In a statement, NOW said,
There is no better place for us to deliver this message than Washington, D.C. on the first day of the new administration. NOW stands in unwavering solidarity with our sisters whose communities have been insulted, demonized and threatened in recent months, including those who seek — and the caring professionals who provide — safe, affordable abortion care and birth control.
Cecile Richards, CEO of PP, said the march will "send a strong message to the incoming administration that millions of people across this country are prepared to fight attacks on reproductive health-care, abortion services and access to Planned Parenthood." Prominent female celebrities Amy Schumer, Olivia Wilde and Samantha Bee have all announced through social media their intention to attend.
In the wake of Trump's election, there has been vocal criticism of Trump from feminist and pro-abortion organizations.
Amy Hagstrom Miller, the CEO of Whole Woman's Health, remarked, "The violent, hateful language he uses about women and people of color terrifies me. I've seen this in my work: when that kind of language and rhetoric lands on the wrong ears it can be an invitation for violence."
In response to allegations of sexism and chauvinism, Trump has said on many different occasions, "No one has more respect for women than I do." Trump has also emphasized his pro-life views in recent months. Trump wrote in a letter to pro-life leaders, "I am committed to defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they continue to perform abortions and re-allocate their funding to community health centers that provide comprehensive healthcare for women."
Some conservative commentators have pointed to the fact that Trump appointed a female, Kellyanne Conway, as his campaign manager. Although not the first female to run a presidential campaign, Conway is the first to run a winning campaign.
But I want everybody to remember ... that it was Donald J. Trump who elevated a woman to the highest position in his campaign, much like he has done in the Trump Corporation for a number of decades, and it is he who gave women responsibilities, and it is he, by the way, who did the same among female voters as did Mitt Romney and John McCain for all this talk.