Content warning: This post discusses abortion and rape, and will be distressing for many readers.
Yes, White Ribbon is an organisation that works to prevent men’s violence against women.
Yes, on Thursday, as first reported by Buzzfeed, the organisation withdrew a statement supporting abortion from their website; an essential procedure which should be available for all women, including the victim’s of sexual assault and domestic violence.
It doesn’t make sense. At all. And the people of Twitter were rightly furious.
Ambassador for White Ribbon, AFL player Luke Ablett, spoke out against White Ribbon’s decision, saying he will not speak on the organisation’s behalf until they changed their stance on abortion.
I won’t be speaking at any @WhiteRibbonAust events, officially sanctioned or otherwise, until this changes – White Ribbon Australia Pulled Its Support For Abortion Rights The Day After Queensland Voted To Decriminalise Abortion https://t.co/ZCFCrZEdR1
— Luke Ablett (@luke_ablett) October 18, 2018
His tweet was just one in a flood of tweets from powerful Australian figures.
#WhiteRibbon is fucked and always has been. Here they are, clearly admitting that theirs is not a feminist model but a business one whose politics are guided by their ‘stakeholders’. Via @ginarush: https://t.co/IjSKCVNkfr pic.twitter.com/6UtO86udl3
— Clementine Ford (@clementine_ford) October 19, 2018