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Why Trump’s Presidency Is A Threat to Women and Human Rights

Should what a woman does with her body be a decision that’s better suited for government or is it her basic human right?


Trump protest, women's rights

David Patrick Valera, Los Angeles Women’s march

A woman’s right to decide her reproductive health treatments shouldn’t be left up to fate. It’s her basic human right. Systematically denying women the freedom of choice is a conspiracy conceived of by a plutocratic demagogue to suppress information and oppress women – and, it ‘s a human rights violation and attack on women.

On Monday morning, the first day after Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration, he expanded the ‘Global Gag Rule,’ or Mexico City Policy, which threatens to cut-off $9.5 billion in funding to international health organizations that provide abortion services – this extends to contraceptives and preventative information. Organizations are now banned from counseling women about abortion as an option and referring them to local clinics where the service can be provided –  this is targeted censorship.

PAI, the Washington, D.C.-based organization that advocates for women’s rights to choose to promote overall health and reduce poverty, has launched an End The Global Gag Rule campaign (where you can donate). It is also reported that the Dutch government has moved to establish an abortion fund to counteract Trump’s actions. Let’s urge other nations to follow.

“Women around the world deserve to make important, personal health care decisions without politicians in Washington interfering.” – Congressman Eric Swalwell
American women can’t naively think that Trump’s actions aren’t an infringement on their civil liberties. Trump also signed an Executive Order to rollback the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which mandates the costs for preventive care, such as birth control and abortion services be covered under health insurance plans. The new reform puts healthcare back into the hands of individual states.

Section II of the order reads, “To the maximum extent permitted by law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (Secretary) and the heads of all other executive departments and agencies (agencies) with authorities and responsibilities under the Act shall exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act that would impose a fiscal burden on any State or a cost, fee, tax, penalty, or regulatory burden on individuals, families, healthcare providers, health insurers, patients, recipients of healthcare services, purchasers of health insurance, or makers of medical devices, products, or medications.”

With regard to pro-life groups operating under the guise of religion, where are they once an unwanted child is born? Are they out there advocating for social welfare services or making generous annual charitable donations to provide adequate food, clothing, housing, and medical care that each child will need for the next two decades? No, the truth is, many of these same indignant few are the very people who oppose social welfare.

How backwards are we as a society to oppose spending a few taxpayer dollars on preventative care, but turnaround and say it’s not okay for families to depend entirely on the welfare system, that there’s a problem with our prison system, or money for correctional reform programs just isn’t in the fiscal budget?

It’s shameful that in the 21st century we’re still having this debate and allowing progress to be overturned. The argument that abortion – or granting businesses impunity from acts of prejudice due to a customer’s sexual orientation based on religion is bogus. And just like religion doesn’t belong in government and politics, it certainly does not belong in universal healthcare – forcing all people to conform to outdated Christian ideologies.

The bigger question is why as a multi-cultural nation do we continue to allow one religion to have such a strong hold over our lives?

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