Open letter from WMG Founder Maya Friedler to Lauren Enriquez and the New York Times

Your editorial “Pro-life but left out” suggests that feminism or the definition of feminism as seen in the Women’s March “had a fatal chink in the armor of the new feminist resistance movement.” For many of us the right to control our own bodies and life cycles has always been the centrality of our definition of feminism. Pro-life has frequently meant pro-death. Contraception and abortion have saved women all over the world. We do not challenge your moral commitment to God. You sound wonderful in your activism, but you suggest we are not inclusive. We have never been monolithic, and we have invited all races and religions. We support love non-violence and inclusiveness. We have never challenged your right not to use contraception or abortion. God concepts vary as much as feminist concepts. My belief in the right to control my body does not challenge my God concept; it certainly does not give that right to politicians. You claim the rights to “preborn children.” I claim the rights for all women and men who are alive regardless of their gender choices or sexual preferences. You sound like a wonderful person and your values resonate with a brighter future for women. When you describe the right to demand your power I hope you include my right to my path as a feminist. You were not excluded from the Women’s March. You were outnumbered by men and women with another definition of feminism.

Posted by on Friday, March 3, 2017