How has Trump hurt women you may ask? Well, I am here to inform you, and I’m not talking about grabbing women by the pussy or any of those sex scandals he was a part of. In the first 100 days of his presidency, he has not done much good for women, even if Ivanka Trump claims her father is “a tremendous champion of supporting families who believes in the potential of women.”
*Side note: the crowd she said that to booed her*
One of Trump’s first acts as president was to reinstate and broaden the global gag rule; its actual name is the Mexico City Policy. If you are unfamiliar with this policy the condensed version is that foreign NGOs must not “perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning” with non-U.S. funds as a condition for receiving U.S. global family planning assistance. Trump added in that if they do not comply they will not receive any other U.S. global healthcare assistance, including U.S. global HIV and maternal and child health assistance.
The global gag rule was first put into place by President Ronald Reagan and has been rescinded and reinstated several times since.
This does not directly affect women in the United States but as a feminist I believe we should be protecting all women. For these countries to lose the assistance simply because they educate their patients is absurd. There was a study done that found when the gag rule is in effect it declines the availability of contraceptive services, which means both fertility and abortion rates were higher during the gag rule years than during non-gag rule years.
He has repeatedly come after Planned Parenthood. The first plan to replace the Affordable Care Act would have blocked access to Planned Parenthood for millions of women who rely on Medicaid. It obviously did not go through, thank god! He also signed a resolution giving states permission to deny funding for Planned Parenthood and other organizations that provide abortion services. Per Planned Parenthood they “see roughly 2.5 million patients annually and in 2014-2015 alone performed more than 635,000 pap tests and breast exams and diagnosed more than 171,000 sexually transmitted infections.”
He has proposed cutting programs that help victims of domestic violence. One expert said “If Trump’s cuts are applied across the board, roughly 260,000 fewer victims of domestic violence will be able to access the help they need through shelters and supportive services.” The National Domestic Violence Hotline said that if the budget is cut by 10% more than 180,000 calls would go unanswered annual. That is insane! This is something that not only protect women but it protects children and men who suffer from domestic violence.
He went out of his way to defend an accused sexual harasser. I don’t think anyone was surprised when Trump defended Bill O’Reilly (before he was fired from Fox News). In Trump’s interview, he says; “I think he’s a person I know well – he is a good person. I think he shouldn’t have settled; personally, I think he shouldn’t have settled, because you should have taken it all the way. I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.” The kicker is that he defended O’Reilly in early April, which just happens to be Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
Saying I’m unimpressed is an understatement.
Here’s to hoping the next 100 days goes better.