While There is a conflict between the Women’s March on Washington organizers and disability advocates. It started when the women’s march started speaking for disability self advocates, and then it brewed over when disability advocates pointed out that aborting children with disabilities just because of the disability is unacceptable and a form of eugenics. There are already prenatal tests for various disabilities and other tests are under development. Women’s march on Washington demand that women be able to have on demand abortions and have pointed out who wants a child thats disabled. Many disability self advocates have begun to take a stance against the Women’s March movement due to their presumption to speak for the disability community while saying it doesn’t need to exist by aborting it.
While some disability advocates still attended the march many were saddened by statements on the website which stated that disabled people are just a burden and almost seemed to be taking advantage of the disability community to further its cause.
“We recognize that women of color carry the heaviest burden in the global and domestic economic landscape, particularly in the care economy. We further affirm that all care work — caring for the elderly, caring for the chronically ill, caring for children and supporting independence for people with disabilities — is work, and that the burden of care falls disproportionately on the shoulders of women, particularly women of color.”
There were no further statements on disability advocacy until a blogger wrote an explosive piece pointing out how the organizers had pretty much made an effort to not include those with disabilities and even take advantage of them to further their cause.
Access to healthcare is important for everyone, even more for those with disabilities that often experience both an economic disadvantage as well as a higher chance of ongoing health issues. However, unlike the organizers of the women’s march I feel people with disabilities have the right to exist – and so do many other disability self advocates.