WASHINGTON — Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of Washington, D.C., to protest on Saturday — although some of the participants were not invited.
So since pro-life groups couldn’t be partners, one group decided to act as “leaders” instead.
Students for Life of America jumped in front of some of the protesters and began to lead the way:
And many of the participants were not happy.
Women's Marchers run ahead to block the pro-lifers pic.twitter.com/9Dkw49ySCG— Kate Scanlon (@kgscanlon) January 21, 2017
The group of pro-lifers were spat on by a male pro-abortion activist. Another march participant attempted to burn a hole through one of their banners with a cigarette.
The pro-life group eventually moved to the side, where some agitated protesters continued to object to their presence. Others said they supported the pro-lifers’ right to protest.
Now the sign is off to the side - and the Marchers aren't happy pic.twitter.com/ucbNTMnkv9— Kate Scanlon (@kgscanlon) January 21, 2017
Tina Whittington, the executive vice president of Students for Life, told TheBlaze that their effort was about “making sure the pro-life voice was heard today.”
“Abortion is one of the most violent things that can happen to a woman, and one of the main messages of the march was anti-violence, especially violence towards women, and so we wanted to speak for those unborn women who can’t speak for themselves, so being out there in front was important to us," she said.
Whittington said most women support some restrictions on abortion.
“Abortion betrays women, it hurts women and it ends the life of their child,” she said.
Abby Johnson, a pro-life activist and a former clinic director at Planned Parenthood — whose organization And Then There Were None had its partnership in the march revoked — told TheBlaze that “it’s good to have some diversity of thought here.”
“And I think there’s more diversity of thought here than the Women’s March would like there to be,” Johnson said. “We have had people come up who were supportive.”