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The True Women’s March Wasn’t Last Saturday

By Hannah Ellis | January 27, 2017 | 9:32am EST
Women with bright pink hats and signs gathered on the first full day of Donald Trump's presidency, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Washington. Other protests occurred in other U.S. cities. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

By now, you’ve seen the recent headlines from the so-called “women’s march” in Washington, D.C. — you know, the one which supposedly “spoke for all women,” yet many women weren’t invited to join.

What’s more, women, if you weren’t there last Saturday, do a quick Google search of the worst signs from the march (caution, many of them are explicit), and I don’t think you’ll want to be associated with your fellow women anyway. Personally, I am embarrassed by the way that some of my fellow females acted. Parading around with pictures of vaginas and calling our newly-elected president a “----head” is not what true womanhood is about — no matter what side you find yourself supporting. Not only that, I’m deeply saddened for those who don’t truly grasp what they (either knowingly or unknowingly) stood for this past weekend.

It’s not surprising that on the sponsor’s page of the Women’s March website, you’ll find that the “Premier Partners” were Planned Parenthood and the National Resources Defense Council. Despite what many women think they stood for on Saturday, make no mistake that when Planned Parenthood is one of the main sponsors, the march is heavily centered on one issue: abortion.  

The way I see it, the march in D.C. was a last-ditch effort by Planned Parenthood. Cecile Richards is quaking in her boots over what is coming this year, which could equate to a cut in her yearly earnings of over $900,000. She and her colleagues are scrambling because they see an end in sight — the possibility of an upcoming transfer of taxpayer funding from the much smaller number of Planned Parenthood clinics to the over 13,000 non-abortion providing Federally Qualified Health Centers that provide more comprehensive care.

These are centers that, unlike Planned Parenthood, provide basic female care such as mammograms or, in the case of many Planned Parenthood clinics, prenatal care. By now, you’ve probably seen the recent Live Action video where Planned Parenthood representatives plainly state that their clinic does not give prenatal care as is often promoted. However, they do perform over 320,000 abortions per year and receive over half a billion in taxpayer dollars. Regardless, a few women continue to support Planned Parenthood because they are being fed the lie that its clinics are the best way for women to get care.

There were I’m sure a few positive issues that were brought up at the march. I think we can all agree there are atrocities being perpetrated on women today — horrendous issues like female genital mutilation, domestic violence, rape, and sex trafficking, which we take very seriously and will continue to fight.

But, for the most part, this march was not about these few positive issues.

As always, follow the money. This march mostly encouraged women to see the innocent life inside their womb as a burden — that their empowerment somehow comes from ending another life. The saddest part, for me, was seeing the children who were downtown, walking with a sign their mom clearly made for them. The march’s website stated that, “We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.” However, those children learned that day that the most marginalized — the unborn — aren’t being defended and that speaking up means being vulgar and showing hate towards those with whom you disagree. That is certainly not the definition of womanhood we should be teaching the next generation.

Instead, let’s show them that womanhood is fighting for the dignity of all human beings from conception until natural death. That it means exposing atrocities being done to women, but also acknowledging and celebrating the amazing opportunity we have in a free nation. To show them that it is an honor and privilege to carry new life into the world — something unique to women, and such a gift. But the signs last weekend taught our daughters none of that; instead it taught them that motherhood is a patriarchal scheme to hold women back. I didn’t see one sign promoting adoption or caring for the least of these; instead, it was mostly venom and hate.

That said, I recently had a friend say the words, “You will never look upon a person who God doesn’t deeply love.” So to each and every one of you women who marched last weekend, some of whom screamed and proudly called themselves “nasty women,” I want you to know that you are cherished and loved by our Creator and us (pro-life women). I understand you are angry — some of you have been hurt, and some of your intentions for the march were wholesome — but, as a whole, many of you have been so blinded by the left and their so-called “war on women” that you fail to see the that the very thing for which you are fighting — female empowerment — is truly the opposite of what you are doing as you fight to end the lives of your fellow young women in the womb.

The March for Life in Washington DC (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

If you do not cherish female rights in their tiniest form, you have no right to speak “on behalf of all women” and certainly not me. Last weekend, not only did you exclude those women with whom you disagree, but you also ignored the innocent and voiceless unborn women who will never get a chance to march.

The March for Life is today in Washington, D.C., and it is looking to draw hundreds of thousands to peacefully speak on behalf of both women and the unborn. That is a march to which I’d be proud to bring my daughter. And if women across America truly care about human rights and defending the marginalized like they say they do, they’ll be at this March supporting life.

Hannah Ellis serves as a policy analyst for Concerned Women for America, the largest public policy women's organization in the nation.

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