The Women in Secularism conference will be held in Arlington, VA this weekend, from Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25. The conference will cover a wide array of worthy topics, including the tension between safe spaces and free expression, a panel on “Women and Science,” and a presentation about women resisting ISIS.
But sadly, this conference refuses to recognize the existence of millions of non-religious pro-life women. The conference homepage characterizes laws protecting the right to life as “the intrusion of religious dogma on women’s lives,” reflecting a false stereotype about pro-life motivations. Pro-choice author Katha Pollitt will speak on Sunday afternoon, and if her previous writings are any indication, she will reinforce that false characterization of who pro-lifers are.
If you’re a secular pro-life woman and you’re tired of being misrepresented—show up! I’m pleased to report that although Secular Pro-Life is unable to make it, our friends from Pro-Life Humanists will be there. Look for Kristine Kruszenicki (pictured right). Registration is just $50 for students. Unfortunately, it’s close to $250 for non-students… which is more than a little ironic considering that one of the presentations is entitled “Class and the Secular Movement: Why Class Matters.”
But I digress. Bashing pro-choice obliviousness may be fun, but it’s not particularly productive. The real key is to develop respectful relationships, and that starts with face-to-face time. Kudos to Pro-Life Humanists for making that happen.