Washington D.C., Jan 17, 2017 / 16:10 pm
Pro-life feminist organization New Wave Feminists has been removed from the official list of sponsors of the Women's March on Washington 2017. Support of abortion as a fundamental principle of the upcoming January march has been cited as grounds.
"I can only assume it's because there was a lot of pressure not to affiliate with pro-lifers, which is unfortunate," Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa, president of New Wave Feminists, said about the decision.
In a Jan. 16 video statement on Facebook, Herndon-De La Rosa explained that they had been removed, speculating it was because of negative media backlash after an article on their participation appeared in The Atlantic. The feminist protest had previously listed New Wave Feminists as a partner, but by Monday afternoon had removed links to the Texan pro-life group from the event's website.
Earlier that day, The Atlantic featured a piece on pro-life participants in the Women's March on Washington, highlighting New Wave Feminists as well as several other pro-life groups' decision to participate in the march. The pro-life organization's decision attracted attention after the Women's March released a list of guiding principles in early January – which included "open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control for all people."