Women's March 'Feminists' to Pro-Life Woman: We 'Hope You Get Raped'
Among the reported 500,000 women marching on Washington, D.C., to protest Trump on Saturday, there was a remnant, a minority who stood for life in a sea of anger. Not everyone was protesting the new president; many were showing up to fight a more direct threat to women's very existence — abortion.
But these pro-life feminists weren't welcome, indeed they were attacked.
"Today at the Women's march where it was all about women and unity and uplifting each other and love trumps hate, I was told that they hoped I was raped and needed an abortion," Katie Joy Ussery, a pro-life attendee, posted on Facebook. Yes, these women who preach against sexual assault and condemn President Trump on those grounds wished rape on someone — just so she could experience the "good" of abortion.
But that's not all. Ussery also recalled other slights. "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."
But this pro-life activist let the world know how she was treated. Her Facebook post has over 500 responses and nearly 500 shares.
"It was a brutal day," Kristina Hernandez, director of communications for the group Students for Life (SFL), told USA Today. "I did not feel safe at all," she added, saying that the humongous crowds made the protest "so overwhelming."
"One of our girls was spit at, someone tore my sign in multiple pieces, we had people just yell at us but the main response was people just said 'my body my choice' when they walked past us," explained Reagan Barklage, SFL's Western regional director.
Before the march, SFL President Kristan Hawkins declared that they had a counter-protest, "showing them that pre-born women's rights are also human rights." This pro-life message directly contrasts with the narrative that abortion is a "right," rather than the taking of an innocent life. It also gets to the root of a horrific practice — sex-selective abortion — which targets women in the womb for death, while preferring boys.
According to SFL's Facebook event, 75 people marked themselves as "going," and 300 said they were "interested." While the crowd was small compared to those protesting Trump, it was far from silent.