Last week, Mitch McConnell invoked a Senate rule curtailing Elizabeth Warren’s narrative about the so-called ‘radical hatred’ of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. This was done on the grounds that Warren had impugned Sessions’ character.
Warren’s ongoing diatribe came on the heels of strong support for Sessions from many African-American church leaders. As egregious as the narrative against Sessions was, the hailstorm following McConnell’s invocation of the Senate rule against Warren proved to be just as controversial. The outcries we saw were replete with hyperbolic accounts of a sexist male trying to silence an unyielding heroine.
If Republicans were “looking for” the opportunity to invoke Rule XIX, as one Democrat claimed they were, Warren supporters were looking for a PR campaign. And Mitch McConnell handed them one on a silver platter when he said of Warren’s rule-breaking behavior: “She was warned; she was given an explanation; nevertheless, she persisted.”
And she did persist. Within minutes, the senator from Massachusetts was live-streaming on social media. Spectators quickly lapped up the developing narrative that Warren had endured a injustice, meriting ascension to the heroic ranks of history’s most oppressed women.
The PR machines of NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Planned Parenthood joined in growing cacophony about the ‘suppression of the female voice.’
The memes counting Warren among such figures as suffragists and civil rights heroines rolled out as radical feminists did what they do best: appropriate the sufferings of our feminist foremothers (who fought for actual human and civil rights) as their own. Never mind that the incident was a peaceful enforcement of a Senate rule against an elected official who broke said rule (and happened to be a woman). In reality, we modern American women enjoy greater freedom and greater license than any other cohort of women in human history.
As an American woman and activist, I find the narrative surrounding Warren wildly out of touch with the beliefs I share with countless other American women. Warren’s radical feminist supporters predicate their ideology on the often-overlooked assumption that any one group can anoint itself the spokesperson of the entire female sex. This is mind-boggling hubris, and runs counter to the very values of “diversity,” and “intersectionality” they claim to represent.
If media pundits and the radical feminist movement would pause to listen to me and to the millions of women who share philosophies like mine about life, women’s rights, and sexual expression, they would realize the incredible cognitive dissonance (or deliberate deceit) involved in claiming to speak on our behalf.
Our respective positions on abortion reveal fundamental ideological divides between Warren’s cohort and the countless American women whose views she cannot claim to represent. The vast majority of American women oppose the unrestricted, taxpayer-funded abortion policies Warren holds that we women want and need. In fact, national polling data consistently shows us that most Americans do not support legal abortion past the first trimester of pregnancy. Warren and her comrades espouse a fringe position on abortion, and the most vocal supporters of Warren’s radical abortion stance come from within the abortion industry itself.
Looking at American women through the lens of the mainstream media, I am hard-pressed to find my pro-life views represented. Indeed, the media modus operandi is to obfuscate the reality that feminist abortion advocates have a vocal and extremely active counterpart in the pro-life movement.
This M.O. is never more apparent than every January, when hundreds of thousands of American women organize and participate in the March for Life. American women have done this and more for forty-four years. Yet, media knowingly ignored our massive demonstrations until this year, when it served their agenda to ludicrously bill our March as a “reaction” to the inaugural Women’s March on Washington.
Feminists and their media cohorts need to check their privilege if they have the luxury of outrage over McConnell’s exchange with Warren, but see no cause for outrage when Planned Parenthood agrees to sex-selective abortions, agrees to aid and abet sex traffickers, and deceives the public about its women’s health offerings — or lack thereof.
Can you imagine what kind of good the American feminist movement could do if it revved up its PR engines for campaigns against the real crises American women face? According to research by Human Coalition, 1.4 million women determine that abortion is the best or only option in a pregnancy situation each year, and about 1 million women ultimately undergo an abortion. Yet, feminists claim to speak for and support ‘women’ while simultaneously working stop and silence the groups providing options and a framework of comprehensive care for the women and families in these situations — many of whom reject abortion when they learn that support systems exist. Where is the “inclusion”?
As a supporter of the First Amendment, I have no problem with Elizabeth Warren “persisting” in beliefs. But I draw the line at Warren, the mainstream media, and the radical feminist movement claiming to represent me with ideologies I find personally abhorrent. We, too, will persist until pro-life women and our pre-born daughters are represented equally.
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Lauren Enriquez is the Public Relations Manager at Human Coalition (HumanCoalition.org), a technology-driven nonprofit outreach utilizing new and emerging compassionate strategies to rescue innocent children and their families from abortion. Visit AbortionExploitsWomen.com for information on how men can end abortion. Lauren is on Twitter @LNEnriquez.