Organizers of the Women's March made clear to several pro-life groups that they were not welcome at the main event Saturday in Washington, D.C., but that didn't deter one pro-life woman from showing up and exercising her First Amendment right anyway.
Hundreds of thousands of people — men, women, and children — descended on the National Mall Saturday to protest the policies of President Donald Trump, just 24 hours after he was sworn in. The protests were markedly different from demonstrations that broke out on Inauguration Day, in which more than 200 people were arrested and several police officers were injured, according to USA Today.
Saturday's planned march was much larger than the random demonstrations that broke out on Inauguration Day. For the most part, the women's march was peaceful, unlike Friday's protests, which at times turned violent. But not everything Saturday went over without any controversy.
Pro-life advocate Katie Joy Ussery, whose Twitter biography describes her as a "political junkie" from Des Moines, Iowa, was at the Women's March in the nation's capital. Ussery's Facebook profile says she now lives in Ashburn, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C.
Ussery took to Facebook Saturday afternoon, where she described the cold reception she received at the event from those who disagreed with her on the hot-button issue of abortion.
"I was told that they hoped I was raped and needed an abortion. I was spit on. I was physically blocked. I was shouted at in my face. I was told I was betraying other women. I was tripped. Why? Because I was advocating for pre-born women's rights too," Ussery wrote.
Ahead of Saturday's march, organizers revoked the partnerships of several pro-life groups, even as they welcomed sex workers with open arms.
TheBlaze reporter Kate Scanlon was at the march in Washington, D.C., Saturday as the pro-life group, Students for Life, walked around carrying a huge banner, which read: "Abortion betrays women."
Scanlon captured footage of the pro-life group making its statement and spoke with one of the organization's leaders during the demonstration.
“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," Tina Whittington, the executive vice president of Students for Life, told TheBlaze.
One march participant even tried to burn a hole through one of the pro-life advocate's signs using a cigarette.
The Women's March in Washington, D.C., was one of a series of nationwide demonstrations that took place Saturday, including Boston, New York City, Atlanta, Chicago, Denver and Los Angeles. The demonstrations drew millions of people protesting Trump's presidency.
The 45th president tweeted out an acknowledgement of his many political opponents Sunday morning, writing, "Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don't always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views."
Peaceful protests are a hallmark of our democracy. Even if I don't always agree, I recognize the rights of people to express their views.— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1485094997.0
(H/T: PJ Media)