The Women’s March on Washington has removed a pro-life group from the list of partners on its website, saying that the group had been granted partnership status “in error.”
Organizers of the march faced backlash after a piece in The Atlantic revealed that members of the New Wave Feminists, a pro-life organization based in Texas, had been added as a partner. According to the piece, members of the group hoped to join the protest because they feel “just as outraged as pro-choice women about Donald Trump’s comments and conduct.”
Many women took to social media on Monday to express their disapproval of the partnership, according to The Huffington Post. The feminist writer Roxane Gay, for example, wrote on Twitter that “[i]ntersectional feminism does not include a pro-life agenda … The right to choose is a fundamental part of feminism.”
Intersectional feminism does not include a pro-life agenda. That's not how it works! The right to choose is a fundamental part of feminism.
— roxane gay (@rgay) January 16, 2017
Following the outcry, the New Wave Feminists were removed from a list of partners on the march’s website. Organizers of the protest also released a statement on Facebook and Twitter apologizing for the “error.”
“The Women’s March platform is pro-choice and that has been our stance from day one,” the statement read. “We look forward to marching on behalf of individuals who believe that women deserve the right to make their own reproductive decisions.”
Our statement regarding press today: pic.twitter.com/z1y9cfFFvY
— Women's March (@womensmarch) January 16, 2017
The New Wave Feminists also responded the controversy. “It appears the ‘(certain) Women’s March on Washington’ has pulled us as a partner,” the group wrote on its Facebook page. “Oh, well. I’m not losing any sleep over it. Felt a little too corporate being “offically [sic] included” anyway.”
Read more at the The Huffington Post.