Students Stand for Life at Women’s March
“Pro-life group aims to disrupt march.”
At least, that’s the way The Washington Post described the actions of Christendom students Colleen McCrum, Rachel Wiener, and others who attended the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. this past Saturday. They were among thousands who had descended on the Nation’s Capital for the March, which had billed itself as aiming to promote a society that supported human and women’s rights.
And yet, the March did not officially extend its supposedly open arms to McCrum and Wiener. Why? Because of their pro-life, pro-woman beliefs.
“Pro-life groups were the first to ask for partnership with the Women’s March. We were turned away and asked not to attend. Students for Life, and other pro-life groups, saw this as an opportunity to be a strong witness to life,” said Wiener, when asked why she felt it was important to attend the March.
The March adopted a strong pro-choice platform in December upon gaining Planned Parenthood as a key sponsor, essentially road-blocking any pro-life groups that wanted to be officially represented at the event. Rather than promoting all human rights, the March adopted “reproductive rights,” including the right to “safe, legal, affordable abortion,” as one of its key principles, according to the March’s website.
“We knew it was important to show our country that not all women believe in ‘reproductive rights.’ We also felt a moral obligation to stand for truth and authentic love,” continued Wiener.
Some saw the staunchly pro-choice principles of the Women’s March and stayed as far away as possible. But for Wiener and McCrum, such a platform drove them to desire to go to the March even more, to make sure their voices were heard.
“The March stated it was for all who cared about women’s rights and human rights. Anything that makes those claims, I’m going to be at. I’m not going to sit back and watch other people define what it means to be a woman, or what it means to have a free choice or to use your voice, and not be there to present my own position,” said McCrum.
Such a passion to support the rights of the unborn is nothing new for the two of them. Both have been passionately pro-life from a young age, with McCrum going to the March for Life frequently while growing up and Wiener receiving a powerful witness from her grandparents, who adopted her mother. Once they arrived at Christendom, their passion became that much more fiery, with both leading the college’s Students for Life group. Together, they have led other students to secular campuses, to Cleveland to protest popular singer Sia’s All Access abortion concert, and to other locations, all to bear witness to the pro-life cause.
“It’s not just about abolishing abortion; it’s also about caring for the children and their mothers after birth. So much grace enters when we can perform the corporal works of mercy for those souls. That’s the pro-life movement — the salvation of souls,” says Wiener.
Attending the Women’s March was the latest stop for the future of the pro-life movement, as McCrum and Wiener took a group of Christendom students with them to the March. When they arrived, they first grouped up with other members of Students for Life at the Supreme Court building, before making their way to the designated end of the March. When the crowds of over 500,000 made it to their location, many were verbally hostile to them, with one woman blatantly shoving Weiner as she went by. Still, a few were proud of the girls for making a stand.
“I was surprised by the amount of people who thanked us for being there. Even people who disagreed with us. A New York Times Reporter told me that even though she disagreed with me, I gave her hope. I think it’s important that we get out there, try to let our voices be heard, even if it seems like they’ll probably be drowned out in a sea of a million voices. Maybe at the Women’s March we touched a few hearts, maybe we caused a few people to think twice, and at least they know that we care enough to show up,” said McCrum.
Both will continue to fight for the pro-life cause until abortion is finally ended in the United States. Their example is far from “disruptive.” Instead, it brings hope for the future.