Trump: A True Challenge for Women
by Williamb on January 31, 2017 - 2:27pm
In the article, “Trump’s order on abortion policy: What does it mean?”, the BBC advocate that trump’s policy to ban the use of federal money going to international groups, who provide help or inform people regarding abortion is not necessarily a bad thing for American citizens. The new policy simply implies that a fraction of Americans income taxes will no longer be used to support those international groups; the policy does not affect services provided for abortion at home (BBC para. 8). Although, many argue that Trump’s policy does not entirely represent the true value of a democratic system; thus, the ban on federal money was sign primarily by a cabinet entirely composed of white men (BBC para. 3). Should men, even be allowed to make decisions regarding a woman’s body is a question asked by many. This question will be elaborated further in the following paragraph (BBC para. 8).
In the United-States, most decisions undertaken by officials in the past were made by men; this is often the case for most governments (BBC para. 24). For example, the 1973 Roe V. Wade law who prohibited abortion in the United-States “was delivered by an all-male Supreme Court” (BBC para. 25). But should laws who primarily affect women’s health care still be undertaken by men? This is debatable. After all, according to a recent census of the American population, women represent 50.9% of the whole population (Demographic Statistics: United States). Therefore, it seems just right that women should also be equally represented in a political party; to prevent policies that might affect them. This seems to be the recent option adopted by the prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, who has decided to opt for a cabinet of 31 members; 15 of those members are women (CBC News para. 1). In Trump’s case, his cabinet should also be representative of the population and not only for white males. After all, the white house is supposed to represent a symbol of freedom and growing America (Leinbach Marquis 1).
Trump’s political party does not seem to be the best suited to address social issues who affect women; indeed, members in trump’s party are mostly white males. Trump needs to appoint more women in his party to have a better understanding of social issues from both angles. Without a fair proportion of women in his party trump is not qualified to sign an executive order that endangers millions of women around the world (BBC para 2). Laws should not be changed before a general consensus has been established between the political party in place and the people affected by the problem itself; in this case women.
Full List of Justin Trudeau’s Cabinet. CBC News, 5 Nov. 2016, http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/full-list-of-justin-trudeau-s-cabinet-1....
Infoplease. Demographics Statistics: United-States 2000. U.S. Census Bureau, 2000. Webpage, http://www.infoplease.com/us/census/data/demographic.html
Marquis, Amy Leinbach. "An American Home." National Parks, vol. 83, no. 1, 2009, pp. 1-3. Academic Search Elite, http://ezproxy.champlaincollege.qc.ca/login? url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=afh&AN=36318400&si...