October 19, 2018 Press Release

Equity Forward Responds:  “Laughable” that March for Life Tries to Paint Itself as Pro-Science

10.19.18 – As reported in Politico earlier this morning, the anti-abortion group March for Life is trying to ignore its long history of putting ideology above women’s health and position itself as pro-science, specifically dedicated its 2019 march to that theme.

Ironically, today’s announcement comes on the heels of a letter sent to HHS Chief Alex Azar from March for Life and nearly four dozen other anti-women’s health groups demanding an end to all federal funding for any research that utilizes fetal tissue — a request that flies squarely in the face of science and evidence.  Similarly, the anti-abortion movement has also aligned itself with the notion that women cannot become pregnant during a sexual assault as well as promoting the dangerous lie that medication abortion is reversible.

The anti-abortion movement’s rejection of science and evidence has had devastating consequences for women’s access to the full range of reproductive health care, including abortion.  29 states have at least two abortion restrictions that are not based on science, further exacerbating an already troubling lack of access to health care for women in this country.

Said Mary Alice Carter, Executive Director of Equity Forward:

“It’s laughable that March for Life is trying to claim the mantle of ‘pro-science’ when the entire anti-abortion movement is based off a narrow ideology that flies squarely in the face of what’s best for women’s health.  

“From aligning itself with the notion that women’s bodies have magical properties that prevent pregnancy from rape to promoting the lie that medication abortion can be reversed, there’s simply nothing scientific about wanting to interfere in women’s most personal, private decisions.  Regardless of how you dress it up, the anti-abortion movement is simply anti-woman and certainly not pro-science.”