For Valentine’s Day 2014, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood tweeted out a Vine video of herself saying women needed birth control and abortion. WSFT members responded to Cecile, showing her what women actually need. The campaign went viral on social media and was picked up by some news sources and shared on multiple pro-life women’s pages. (LINK TO NEW WAVE FEMINISTS AND FEMINISTS FOR NON VIOLENT CHOICES)
For Valentine’s Day 2016, WSFT invited their members to “Show a Little Love” to the Little Sisters of the Poor as a sign of their gratitude in standing up for religious freedom. The campaign included thousands of messages on social media and thank you notes via email, all of which were delivered to the Little Sisters.
In 2013, when the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods case against the HHS Mandate first advanced to the Supreme Court the media narrative continued to be that religious freedom advocates were against women. WSFT members set out to change that narrative. They wrote letters for their local papers, got outspoken on social media, and participated in rallies around the country and in front of the White House. On June 30, when the Supreme Court ruled in favor of religious freedom for the owners of businesses like Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Woods, pictures of WSFT “Women For Religious Freedom” signs and faces of happy, victorious women were on the front page of the NYTimes, The L.A. Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Denver Post, and many, many other major and local publications. We did it! We changed the narrative! No longer could anyone claim it was women vs. religion.
Many people associate Natural Family Planning with “super-strict” Catholics, or ridicule it as too difficult or repressive. It’s time to move past these stereotypes. WSFT is not about judging or condemning people. But we do propose that contraception has altered the “marketplace” of relationships between men and women so that — against women’s strong beliefs and wishes — casual sex and cohabitation are the new normal, and marriage is more often foregone or delayed past when many women would prefer. WSFT also knows that between pharmaceutical companies, the government, and narrow-minded so-called “women’s interest groups” — women haven’t been given the full set of facts or the space to think about this new marketplace, or about the ways contraception can mess up their minds, bodies, and spirits.
In other words, you don’t have to be Catholic to think NFP — and the health and relationship effects it promotes – spells FREEDOM for women. So, during #NFPawarenessweek, WSFT highlighted testimonies from women speaking to that truth about NFP.