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Two days after the Women’s March, Trump signed an executive
order that reinstated a policy that bans federal funds going to international
groups that provide or discuss abortion as an option for family planning.(Of note, federal funds have never been used
to directly provide abortions in other countries.)This restriction of funds is devastating to
groups like Marie Stropes International and Planned Parenthood International
who provide women in developing counties access to family planning services,
such as contraception.
This policy has gained and loss support over the past two
decades.President Ronald Reagan first instituted
the ban in 1984 at the United Nations conference in Mexico City (hence the
name). Clinton than rescinded the ban during his presidency.President George W Bush reinstated the ban
and President Obama overturned it once again.Interestingly, a study done at Stanford University in 2011 showed during
the Bush administration that contraceptive use in Africa was reduced and
abortion rates were increased, underscoring the importance of family planning
But what does this policy really mean for the women living in these developing countries?
Marie Strope International estimates that with this policy there will be 6.5
million unintentional pregnancies, 2.2 million abortions and 21, 700 women
dying in pregnancy or childbirth.After
the executive order was signed, Cecile Richards, the president of Planned
Parenthood tweeted“The world’s most vulnerable women will suffer
as a direct result of this policy, which undermines years of effort to improve
So although Trump thinks that he is re-introducing a policy
that is “pro-life”, this policy increases rates of abortion and directly causes
To all the women of the Women’s March, thank you.
Thank you for representing unity.This march brought together all genders,
races and religions.It highlighted that
although different, many people stand for equality and are willing to fight for
it.Almost half a million in DC alone
came together for women.
Thank you for representing strength. Young women and girls
around the world saw people come together for them - showing them they have value and are
Thank you for representing justice.As many signs read: “Women’s Rights are Human
Rights”.Reminding the country that it
is worth fighting for reproductive rights, equal pay and education of women
around the world.
And thank you to the men that marched.Your support was seen and spoke volumes.Your presence showed the respect you hold for
the women in your life.