This week's upcoming Women's March on Washington has been met with a lot of questions and some mild controversy.
The latest stems from the decision to remove pro-life group New Wave Feminists from the list of official partners—a list that includes Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America.
The march is scheduled for the day after President-elect Trump's inauguration and is expected to command an attendance of more than 200,000 people protesting for women's and human rights.
Among the march's unity principles of mitigating domestic violence against women, an end to police brutality and racial profiling, the group lists reproductive freedom.
We believe in Reproductive Freedom. We do not accept any federal, state or local rollbacks, cuts or restrictions on our ability to access quality reproductive healthcare services, birth control, HIV/AIDS care and prevention, or medically accurate sexuality education. This means open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion and birth control for all people, regardless of income, location or education. We understand that we can only have reproductive justice when reproductive health care is accessible to all people regardless of income, location or education.
New Wave Feminists lists itself as a group that is "here to take feminism back from those who have corrupted it."
The Women's March's platform is pro-choice and that has been our stance from day one. We want to assure all of our partners, as well as participants, that we are pro-choice as clearly stated in our Unity Principles. We look forward to marching on behalf of individuals who share the view that women deserve the right to make their own reproductive decisions.
The anti-choice organization in question is not a partner of the Women's March on Washington. We apologize for this error.
March organizers have said that everyone is welcome to join the march, regardless of sponsorship ties.
Some members of pro-life groups have intentions of sitting the march out because of its reproductive stances, according to The Atlantic. But many women plan to march regardless.
"We’re not just pro-lifers who are also feminists. We’re feminists first and foremost," Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa, the president of New Wave Feminists told The Atlantic. “Optics-wise, it looks terrible that any pro-life group would go out and protest women.” Discuss
It looks like Jurassic World is a real place called Lakeland, Florida. If you’ve seen the video of a mammoth sized alligator floating around the internet you know what we’re talking about. If you haven’t, let us break it down for you.
Everyone knows alligators live in Florida. The University of Florida’s mascot is a gator and the Sunshine State is even the home of an amusement park called Gator Land. The fact that an alligator was spotted on camera at one of Florida’s nature reserves doesn’t sound like it’d be the type of hard-hitting footage to go viral.
That is until you see that this reptile looks less like an alligator and more like something out of Jurassic Park. Don’t believe us, see for yourself:
Did this dinosaur survive the ice age? Is it evidence of something prehistoric? Maybe. Maybe not. Either way, this thing is huge and roaming around Florida and we wouldn’t blame you for canceling that Disney trip you had planned. Discuss
Late last week, Texas State Representative Tony Tinderholt filed a bill that would make abortion illegal in all cases except when the mother's life is at risk, according to reports.
House Bill 948, called the Abolition of Abortion in Texas Act speaks primarily of abortion as the murder of unborn children and of being a protective measure against that. The bill tells officials to enforce the bill "regardless of any contrary or conflicting federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, or court decisions," but legal experts have said that that would simply be unconstitutional.
This is the most recent in bills coming from Texas seeking to legislate or repeal abortion. In June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a law that required facilities performing abortions to meet the standards imposed on hospitals, calling it an undue burden on a woman's constitutional right to an abortion.
The bill would need a two-thirds vote in order to pass and become law. Discuss
Jeremy Courtney of the organization Preemptive Love Coalition posted a powerful video on Facebook this weekend, explaining how a Muslim man in Iraq built a cross for his Christian neighbors after their church was destroyed by ISIS.
The city of Mosul is being liberated from ISIS, who destroyed churches and persecuted the population while in control of the area. But, as Jeremy Courtney explains, these kinds of stories—of Muslims coming alongside of Christians—aren’t the kinds we’re used to hearing about, even though they happen all of the time in Iraq.
Marwan is a Muslim. But when Marwan came into this church, he couldn’t accept the fact that these other guys who claimed to be Muslims were rampaging through this place, destroying the signs and icons of his Christian friends, his Christian compatriots, his Christian neighbors. And so, our Muslim friend Marwan helps fashion this cross together.
In the poorest countries, girls are denied it more often than boys. Education is vital for moving out of poverty. Every additional year of school that a girl completes increases her future earnings, which is good for her family, her community and her country. Your education helped you to get where you are today—and it is in your power to help millions of girls to get theirs. Please act now, with the right policies and the necessary funds. Show us that politics can work for the people—starting with the people who need it most.
Gaga is not alone in her advocacy. A slew of celebrities are signing the letter in order to provide over 130 million girls worldwide with education. Some of the signatures include Danai Gurira, Charlize Theron, Natalie Portman, Ryan Reynolds, David Oyelowo, Isla Fisher, Ashley Judd, Robin Wright, Tom Brady and Blake Lively—to name a few.
The letter is available for the public to sign and will be delivered to world authorities on International Women’s Day. Discuss