Trump’s Plan Against Planned Parenthood

When Donald Trump became president, it was evident that things were about to get tough for women when it came to reproductive care. His campaign promised to criminalize abortions and his history of indifference towards sexual assault represented his views clearly. However, the situation he is creating is not one only liberal women should be concerned about, it is one every person should be worried about. No matter which side of the political aisle you are on, whether you support abortion or not, you should not support Trump’s views on women’s health. If the pro-life agenda speaks against abortion, then a safe alternative must be offered. However, as this is not the case, the problem runs deeper, as those attacking abortion are often also anti-birth control, which could prevent the need for abortions. They are also anti-welfare programs, anti-maternal care, and anti-healthcare, so an eventual child and mother would not have what they need to live a healthy life. Some care more about their right to bear arms than the life-and-death situations that can come with being a woman. Pro-life? I’d have to disagree.

Trump’s most recent move to block women from the basic care they need has been to remove an Obama-era requirement for insurers and employers to include coverage for birth control due to “religious and moral reasons”. Obviously, our commander-in-chief does not understand what birth control is. Birth control does not kill babies, it provides relief for women suffering from severe cramps, endometriosis, ovarian cysts and more, as well as preventing (keyword: preventing) pregnancy and the need to abort a fetus.

Trump has tried to sweep his attack on women’s health care out of the spotlight. It is going somewhat unnoticed, but an attack on Planned Parenthood is advancing. In April of 2017, he signed a law, privately, that allowed individual states to remove funding from organizations that provide abortions. Planned Parenthood is much more than a provider of abortions (Trump and GOPers have much research to do on women’s health. It has been said many times, and I will say it once more: men should not be the deciders of women’s health), they provide breast cancer screenings, family planning, STD screenings, and birth control to low-income women who absolutely need this care. Planned Parenthood is anything but disposable, although Republicans seem to view it as such.

Another nonsensical Trump decision is criminalizing abortion. Think that over. Remember that we are in the year 2017. It is simply heinous that a woman could be tried for doing what is best for her own body and life, which is not the property anyone but herself. The claim that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks old is completely unbacked by science. Abortions were already banned after 20 weeks as of 2015, so why do Trump and Republicans feel the need to punish those who do break this rule? Many Republicans are trying to protect frayed religious beliefs, while Trump feeds them exactly what they want after defying them on almost every other issue. Because alt-right Trump has one thing in common with many Republican senators: they love to degrade women and subject them to their control. The bill to punish providers of abortions after this timestamp passed in the House on October 3, 2017 to the outcry of many people. I am frankly appalled.

These insane attacks on women’s health are the latest in a showcase of Republican efforts to take away a woman’s control of her own body and life. Here is a simple mantra I endeavor all to consider: if you don’t like abortions, don’t have one. If you are opposed to birth control, don’t take it. However, do not ever try to use your beliefs to limit the rights of others.

– Chloe Zelch ’20

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