Women’s March Reverses Itself on Granting Pro-Life Group Partnership

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The Atlantic is reporting that the Women’s March on Washington has reversed its decision to grant a pro-life group partnership in the march, which will take place on January 21.

On Monday morning the Atlantic reported that the Texas pro-life group New Wave Feminists was granted partnership status for the march on Friday. “Intersectional feminism is the future of feminism and of this movement,” Bob Bland, one of the event’s co-chairs, told the Atlantic. “We must not just talk about feminism as one issue, like access to reproductive care.”

At around 4 p.m. in the afternoon, the Atlantic updated the piece:

On Monday afternoon, after the publication of this article, the Women’s March organizers removed the New Wave Feminists from their website and list of partners. “The Women’s March’s platform is pro-choice and that has been our stance from day one,” the organizers said in a statement. “The anti-choice organization in question is not a partner of the Women’s March on Washington. We apologize for this error.”

According to its website, part of the mission statement of the march is to “send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.” According to the Atlantic, there is no contradiction between the mission of the march and the pro-life movement:

Nothing about this mission is incompatible with a pro-life viewpoint. In fact, some pro-lifers would argue that their work is explicitly focused on promoting the dignity of all people, including folks who don’t fit a straight, white, conservative mold. A small group of marchers associated with the pro-life publication Life Matters Journal will be there to support “this actual affirmation of peace and human rights, not just for women, but for all people of any or no gender, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, age, or disability,” said Rosemary Geraghty, a 20-year-old University of Pittsburgh student who works as the publication’s the social-media coordinator. The only difference between her list and Bland’s is that hers includes “the pre-born.”

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