Trumping women’s rights

Posted on March 7, 2017

By Pareli Amirkhanian

Donald Trump’s action to defund Planned Parenthood is absolutely sickening, revolting, and is at the utter most level of embarrassment and sadness to not only this country but globally.
To know that a white male who disrespects and degrades women has the power to alter a nonprofit organization that helps millions of women around the world is absurd.
Planned Parenthood is a confidential and helpful organization that assists women of all ages in receiving a free or reduced price of birth control, STD tests, cancer screenings, pregnancy tests, and abortions, among other services.
Two and a half million people, mostly women, across the world choose Planned Parenthood as their health care clinic, according to plannedparenthood.org.
Trump plans to not only defund Planned Parenthood, but also many other health care clinics.
According to slate.com, the use of intrauterine devices (IUD), a form of birth control that lasts 5-12 years inside a woman’s body, has risen 900 percent since the election.
It is terrifying to lose free or affordable contraception if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, and, of course, if Planned Parenthood becomes defunded.
In just his first full day in office, Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy, also known as the Global Gag Rule. It prohibits funding from the U.S. to international non-governmental organizations of family planning and reproductive health options if they include abortion. He wishes to prohibit doctors or health care providers to offer or advise with these options.
Who was surrounded by him while he was signing this executive order? Right, all men. See anything wrong with that picture?
Men surrounded around a table, signing a legislation on what women should do with their reproductive organs.
It is immoral. It is degrading. It is a hate crime towards women.
America has come too far for a pro-life president to take rights and aid from women simply because he has a different opinion on women’s health care.
Not that his opinion matters, since, you know, he is not a woman.
Trump and other pro-lifers love to talk about saving a clump of tissues and cells, yet do not seem to care about the more than 670,000 kids who spent time in U.S. foster care in 2015, according to childrenrights.org.
Enforcing the Global Gag Rule will not lower birth control rates, but it will increase the amount of unsafe abortions.
According to the Huffington Post, The World Health Organization estimates that more than 21 million women a year have unsafe abortions in developing countries, accounting for about 13% of all maternal deaths.
Women are struggling across the world already, and Trump’s policies are not going to lead to improvements.
His actions cannot be ignored. His threats cannot be ignored. His misogynistic viewpoints cannot be ignored.

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