The Women’s March on Washington has revoked the partnership of another pro-life group.
TheBlaze previously reported that the Women’s March, which will take place in the nation’s capital the day after President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration, disinvited the pro-life feminist organization New Wave Feminists, citing the abortion views stated in their platform.
Now, And Then There Were None, a ministry that helps abortion clinic workers leave the industry, has seen its partnership with the march rejected.
In an interview with TheBlaze, the ministry's founder, Abby Johnson, a pro-life activist and a former clinic director at Planned Parenthood, said her organization’s partnership was scrubbed from the march’s website.
Johnson said she applied for a partnership for her organization because some of its members intend to participate.
She told TheBlaze that she received a call Tuesday from someone who told her they were with the Women's March who said that her organization’s application was rejected because partnering groups must support “reproductive rights.”
Following the call, however, Johnson said that she discovered that her organization had been listed as a partner on the event's website.
Proud to be a partner of the Women's March on D.C. Diverse voices are needed! #prolifewomen https://t.co/xafe7fH1Wo— Abby Johnson (@Abby Johnson)1484701584.0
And Then There Were None’s name was removed from the website shortly after.
And now we have been removed as a partner from the Women's March. This is almost comical. https://t.co/XyTw3arXL7— Abby Johnson (@Abby Johnson)1484752788.0
“We’re still going, so it’s fine,” Johnson said. “But it just seems like they can’t get it together.”
She further noted that the march has not demonstrated inclusiveness, which is its stated intent: “They’ve always said everybody’s invited, this is an inclusive march, but now, what they’re doing to pro-life groups by kicking us out is basically saying it’s not inclusive, its exclusive just to pro-choice organizations.”
Johnson called the decision “disappointing,” because many pro-life organizations are concerned about women’s rights issues such as sex trafficking and domestic abuse.
“So to say, well, only this type of feminism, only this type of woman is allowed to share her voice is actually discriminatory,” Johnson added, calling the argument made by some of the march’s supporters that being pro-life and being a feminist are mutually exclusive a “perverted view” of feminism.
“I have always looked at feminism as the founders of feminism looked at it,” she said. “That women are strong, that we are capable of overcoming hardships that are uniquely feminine, and I think that their brand of feminism is telling women that they’re weak, that they can’t handle hardships that come their way, that they need an easy way out.”
Johnson said that, during her time at Planned Parenthood, she can’t think of one time where she “enabled female empowerment” through abortion. Instead, abortion was presented to women in difficult situations as “an easy out.”
“Abortion promotes weakness among women instead of building them up and strengthening them,” she said.
A spokesperson for the Women’s March did not immediately respond to TheBlaze’s request for comment.