You may or may not be happy with the state of politics in our country right now, but you’d have to agree that it certainly is entertaining.
On January 20, Donald J. Trump was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. A crowd, the estimated number of which is disputed, assembled on the National Mall for the occasion. But the next day a far greater crowd assembled for the Women’s March on Washington, and similar marches took place in numerous cities throughout the country. One of the noteworthy features of these demonstrations was the many women who wore caps specially knitted for the occasion. The favored color was hot pink, and the caps featured cat ears, an oblique gesture of contempt for the man who in 2005 had boasted on tape to the host of Access Hollywood in crude terms of how his wealth and fame enabled him to take advantage of willing women.
A strange sideshow caught my attention. A woman named Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa and her group New Wave Feminists were initially listed as participants in the march, but suddenly they were delisted by march organizers. Their thought crime? The New Wave Feminists are pro-life. Mary Eberstadt commented in Time: “Support for abortion has become so central and nonnegotiable to today’s feminism and progressivism that some women’s groups aren’t allowed to officially join a women’s march that’s supposed to be for all women.”
Aimee Murphy writes in the Washington Post about the stated platform of the Women’s March organizers: “Their list of ‘Unity Principles’ has been amended to include ‘open access to safe, legal, affordable abortion.’ This section falls right underneath ‘Ending Violence’ on their list, indicating either blatant hypocrisy or a stunning lack of self-awareness.”
These are interesting times in the national struggle over the legality of abortion-on-demand. It appears that the election of Mr. Trump has spurred feminist leaders to stake out far-left positions. It was only last April that Hillary Clinton had said on the TV show The View, “Of course you can be a feminist and be pro-life.” Not anymore, apparently.
Maybe younger women hold a more nuanced view. Ruth Graham writes in Slate that the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A & M conducted a poll in 2015 on abortion attitudes. Their findings? Half of millennial women who describe themselves as feminists also call themselves pro-life.
The next four years will see some changes in the political landscape. President Obama had the opportunity to choose two court associate justices, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, both progressives. The Republican Senate leadership withheld action on Mr. Obama’s nominee to the vacant ninth seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, Merrick Garland, and his candidacy has now faded away. The nation now awaits Mr. Trump’s nominee to fill the position of the late justice Antonin Scalia.
“You created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13).
Pastor Mark Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in late 2001. A Milwaukee native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus, a multicultural congregation on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. In addition, he is the author of six books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics.
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