Let’s Work Together

Feb 01, 2017

To the Editor:

I am a feminist and I am against abortion, and I am not the only one. 

The first time I heard about the Women’s March, I committed to being there. Then I read a New York Times article about a founder of the march commenting: “If you want to come to the march you are coming with the understanding that you respect a woman’s right to choose.”

That temporarily stopped me in my tracks. I considered taping a disclaimer on my back: “I AM A FEMINIST, I AM AGAINST ABORTION AND I BELONG HERE TOO.” Regretfully, I didn’t do that, but I will at the next march.  

I joined the march because every other issue spoke to my concerns about the kind of world we are creating for our children and grandchildren. The march was an amazing outpouring of positive energy that will not go away: “Today we march, tomorrow we run for office.” 

My hope is that all feminists work to find common ground, thereby not contributing to the damaging divisiveness in our country. While there are limits, there is a surprising variety of issues that are common ground. As challenging as it is, keeping an open dialogue is crucial. I think it’s safe to assume that both sides want our culture to be more supportive of mothers and families. Let’s start there and work together.   

Barbara Reynolds



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