Debby Efurd, a Christian author and anti-abortion activist, scolded women in an op-ed on Jan. 4 for planning to protest the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
Efurd praised Trump for his "pro-life positions" in The Christian Post, and criticized women for exercising their First Amendment rights:
We can see this perspective in the Women's March on Washington, an Inauguration Day rally sponsored by Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Pussy Hat Project and Lady Parts Justice (among others). Claiming that "our communities are hurting and scared" from the results of a democratic election, organizers plan to demonstrate rather than respectfully observe the peaceful transfer of power.
The Women's March will actually protest Trump's inauguration on Jan. 21, one day after Trump is sworn in and the "peaceful transfer of power" is complete.
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Efurd asserted that the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, which decriminalized abortion for women, had actually helped "Playboy" magazine and reduced women to "birth control pills": "Since 1973, our womanhood has been traded for a handful of birth control pills, the "privilege" to degrade ourselves in Playboy, and the "right" to abort our children. But American women are so much more — we're smart, nurturing, fully capable of handling any task set in front of us, endowed with the natural ability to promote and encourage life."
Efurd went on to praise Trump, who has referred to women as "pigs" and "dogs": "President-elect Trump's specific pro-life commitments include nominating an originalist justice to the Supreme Court, enacting the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, codifying the Hyde Amendment (to eliminate taxpayer dollars in support of abortions), and defunding Planned Parenthood. For these policies to be enacted, we need to hear voices raised within the House and Senate in defense of innocent lives."
Efurd espoused her support for defending Planned Parenthood because: "Respect for women, their bodies, and the unborn children within their wombs stands in stark contrast to the abortion industry—which is in the business of death."
Efurd did not mention that women choose to terminate their pregnancies of their own free will, but she does paint them and their family members as victims of abortion on her Initiative 180 website:
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But what happens after an abortion, to the mother and father whose lives have been altered by the decision and procedure? To the grandparents and siblings who have lost a part of their family? ... There are a huge number of people who suffer from a myriad of symptoms of Post-Abortion Stress. Yet what happens after an abortion are virtually never discussed due to the societal stigma surrounding this subject.
Psychology Today noted that "Post Abortion Stress" is not a medical condition recognized by the American Psychiatric Association or the American Psychological Association:
Post Abortion Stress Syndrome (PASS) is the name that has been given to the psychological aftereffects of abortion, based on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is important to note that this is not a term that has been accepted by the American Psychiatric Association or the American Psychological Association. In fact, pro-choice advocates accuse their counterparts of making up PASS in order to further their political agendas.
Efurd does not have a medical degree, but states on her Initiative 180 website that she has a "BA in counseling from Dallas Baptist University."