Inequality and Abortion
by jennifercote on March 15, 2017 - 1:57pm
On January 23rd 2017, president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, signed an anti-abortion executive order that has far-reaching consequences for women’s reproductive health access worldwide. “Trump reinstated the Mexico City policy, also known as the global gag rule, which was first put in place by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. It prohibits giving U.S. funding to international nongovernmental organizations that offer or advise on a wide range of family planning and reproductive health options if they include abortion ― even if U.S. dollars are not specifically used for abortion-related services” (Terkel). The United States spends about 600 million dollars a year on international assistance for family planning and reproductive health programs, making it possible for 27 million women to access contraceptive services and supplies.
While President Trump was signing the executive order, images circulated and a lot of people noticed that in that room, was standing only white males. No females. A group of men making decisions about women’s bodies. Martin Belam, editor for the Guardian in London wrote a post that said it all; “As long as you live, you’ll never see a photograph of 7 women signing legislation about what men can do with their reproductive organs”. This post says a lot about the reality we live in and I think that it is really sad that an advanced society like ours is still not an equal one. I find it infuriating that men like Donald Trump think that they have the right to decide what women can and can’t do with their body. I can’t even contain my anger when I think that men who don’t even have a uterus have the decency to shut down an operation that helps women worldwide. Women who can’t afford contraceptive methods or abortions, obviously can’t afford raising a baby and I can’t even begin to explain how unbelievable it is for me to think that this man who thinks he has every right to ruin women’s lives, is still doing his thing and taking this entire country backwards with every single one of his new laws.
Humanists “support every woman’s unequivocal moral and legal right to autonomy over her own body and reproductive choices” (American Humanist Association). Humanists also believe in equal rights for both women and men and I think that more people should be inspired by that. Even though more and more people work for equality of rights and for women to be responsible of their body and decide what is good for them without anyone having to say anything about it, are we going to achieve what we work for in our lifetime? My opinion is that with people like Donald Trump the task will certainly be more difficult and since the majority of the United States voted for him, there are a lot of people that believe in the same things that he does and that it is a shame.
In conclusion, I believe that education is key to help people having a more humanistic point of view, and that if we keep trying to open people’s eyes about equal rights, we will certainly achieve something big and we will be proud of everything that we will have done.
American Humanist Association. “Reproductive freedom”. American humanist association: good without a god, 2017, https://americanhumanist.org/key-issues/reproductive-freedom/
Terkel, Amanda. “Donald Trump signs anti-abortion executive order surrounded by men”. The Huffington post, January 23rd 2017, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/donald-trump-abortion-men_us_5886369be4b0e3a7356a7910