The Women’s March on Washington revoked the partnership of a pro-life feminist group Monday after pro-choice participants objected to the group’s inclusion in the protest — but the group will march anyway, their founder told TheBlaze in an interview.
Supporters of the march, which will take place the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, objected to the inclusion of the pro-life group New Wave Feminists on Twitter:
In its platform, Women's March states that they believe in “reproductive freedom,” including “open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control for all people, regardless of income, location or education.”
In a statement posted to their Twitter account, Women’s March said that New Wave Feminists had been included as a partner in error.
But Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa, founder of New Wave Feminists, said her group went through an extensive application process to be included among the march’s partners, and she doesn’t believe it was a mistake.
In an interview with TheBlaze, Herndon-De La Rosa said her organization — comprised of “badass pro-life feminists” — works not to make abortion illegal, “but rather to make it unthinkable and unnecessary by supporting women so much they would never choose abortion.”
She said the group decided to apply for a partnership because they’d “heard rumblings” that pro-life women would be excluded, adding that her organization agrees with some of Women's March’s other stated positions — such as fighting domestic abuse and human trafficking — but that they made their pro-life position clear.
“In no way did we sneak in under the radar by pretending to be something we weren’t,” she said.
Herndon-De La Rosa said that when Women's March accepted their application for a partnership on Friday, she found it “encouraging” because it seemed as if they were being truly inclusive to diverse views.
But when an article in the Atlantic shed light on New Wave Feminists’ inclusion, pro-choice feminists promptly objected and pressured the organization to drop them, which they later did.
“While they claim they want diversity, they only want a certain kind of diversity,” Herndon-De La Rosa said.
Herndon-De La Rosa said her organization still intends to march.
“Given that feminism is a movement rooted in rebellion, we’re not going to wait for an invitation to be included,” Herndon-De La Rosa said. “So we’re marching either way to represent the pro-life feminist contingent of women out there.”
She said that the march’s stated support for abortion is “all the more reason” for pro-life women to march.
“They’re trying to co-opt feminism entirely, and say ‘this is the only brand of feminism that’s true,’ and that’s not true,” she said. “So we have to be a voice that says we believe women are not property at any point, not even in the womb. We are against violence towards women at every point, especially in the womb.”
Although pro-choice feminists often argue that one cannot be a pro-life feminist, during her bid for the White House, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton — who is staunchly pro-choice — acknowledged that one can “absolutely” be both pro-life and a feminist.
Women's March on Washington organizers have said that they are expecting approximately 200,000 participants at the Jan. 21 event..