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Peace & Life Connections #345
January 27, 2017


Yet More Fantastic Mainstream Press: Why Exclude Prolife Feminists?
 
        Last week, we listed 6 mainstream news articles questioning whether pro-life feminists could be excluded from being partners (co-sponsors) in the Women’s March. Here’s one more, plus some response:
 
        The Daily Beast: SHORT-SIGHTED: March Organizers Must Welcome Pro-Lifers. If ever there was a time when pro-choice and pro-life feminists need to find and fight for common ground, it’s now, by Keli Goff
 
         New York Times, Letters to the Editor 
  
        The point even got a short mention on the Weekend Update segment on the comedy program Saturday Night Live, where Michael Che said (jokes removed): “But some feminists were actually asked not to march because of their pro-life views. Which raises the question, what makes a feminist a feminist? . . . A feminist is just someone who believes in equal rights for women. And that’s easy to get behind . . . I think it’s weird to give a special name for just being a reasonable person.”

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Left: Keli Goff. Right: Jane Sloan Peters. Bottom: Michael Che
 
        There’s also this piece from America Magazine, a Catholic magazine often sympathetic to us:

         Who Counts as a “Real Woman” at the Women’s March on Washington? by Jane Sloan Peters
 

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Post-March Coverage
 
        Huffington Post: Anti-Abortion Group Bumped from Women’s March Stakes Out A Place Anyway. “I want to hold him accountable for how he treats women,” said one demonstrator, by Kate Sheppard
       
        BuzzFeed offers The Anti-Abortion Women Who Still Marched: Despite being removed from official Women’s March lists, anti-abortion groups turned out anyway, by Ema O'Connor

       PublicSource: This pro-life feminist explains why she joined the Women’s March on Washington and didn’t vote for Trump, by Molly Duerig
 
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Saturday Night Live and Susan B. Anthony
 
         Saturday Night Live had a sketch January 14 in which visitors to the Susan B. Anthony House museum in Rochester New York conjured up the ghost of Susan B. Anthony, played by Kate McKinnon (who normally portrays Hillary Clinton and Kellyanne Conway, among others). The visitors thank her and then ignore her while they make travel arrangements and she continues to try to get their interest. In the final punchline, she says “Abortion is murder!” One visitor expresses surprise, and the skit is over.
        There’s another museum, The Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum, which is a member group of our network. Unlike people at the Rochester home, they’re aware that this was accurately her sentiment – except that she wouldn’t have said it so out of context. She would have put it in a women’s rights framework, as seen in the quotation below and the article from which it came.
 
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Pictured: Kate McKinnon as Susan B. Anthony

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Latest CL Blog
 
        This is movie award season, so in Hollywood Movie Insights, we take a look at movies that weren’t intended to have consistent-life themes, but in which we still see such themes: The Giver, The Whistleblower, and The Ides of March.
 
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Quotation of the Week
The Revolution, July 8, 1869
(Susan B. Anthony’s publication; author not named)
 
        Women are educated to think that with marriage their individuality ceases or is transferred to their husbands. The wife has thenceforth no right over her own body. This is also the husband's belief, and upon which he acts. . . Guilty? Yes, no matter what the motive, love of ease, or a desire to save from suffering the unborn innocent, the woman is awfully guilty who commits the deed. It will burden her conscience in life, it will burden her soul in death; but oh! thrice guilty is he who, for selfish gratification, heedless of her prayers, indifferent to her fate, drove her to the desperation which impelled her to the crime.
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