Yes, pro-life people can take part in the Women's March

Yes, pro-life people can take part in the Women's March

Yes, pro-life people can take part in the Women's March on Saturday.

In fact, you should take part.

Let the world know that the feminism is not a monolith. If feminism includes Femen, it can include us.

Yes, I know one of their "Unity Principles" is reproductive freedom, which is the antithesis to the pro-life thesis that all life is precious. It seems alienating and troubling to have that be an Unity statement when it is divisive.

However, if the main goal of being pro-life is to reduce the number of deaths, then making birth control available is important. If women can avoid pregnancy, then they are not going to have abortions as an after-the-fact birth control.

If women have access to quality care, then perhaps they will feel less likely to have abortions.

If everyone has access to quality sexual education, then people won't google "how is babby formed" and be clueless about how exactly sex can lead to babies. Then they can take measures to avoid pregnancy in the first place. And that reduces the number of abortions.

That's something pro-life people can get behind. And we ought to.

If we can reduce the incidences of violence, including domestic and sexual violence, then people feel safer bringing children into this world.

If we can properly respect every life, support living wages, provide for the poor, then people will feel more able to bring their happy little accidents into the world.

If we can properly provide for those with disabilities, then people will feel more able to bring their child with disabilities into the world.

All of these other things are principles of the Women's March that we can fully support, that supports a whole and healthy life from beginning to end.

To skip the march because of disagreements on the morality of abortion does an injustice to the movement, because then it won't have the pro-life voice and garner very important discussions.

Wear a pro-life shirt if you want to. Make a sign. "Feminist and Pro-Life." "I Support Life, Beginning, Middle, and End." "So That All Shall Live with Dignity."

Let us unite.

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