Today we face the worst anti-woman government agenda in U.S. history, according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Here are some examples:
Worst Anti-Woman Agenda in U.S. History
Global women’s rights
In January, Trump signed an executive order cutting off U.S. funding to global women’s health organizations if they counseled, discussed, or advocated abortion. Trump has also threatened to end funding for the UN Population Fund, which provides contraceptives to women in the under-developed world regions. A number of his advisors from the Christian religious right oppose the use of contraceptives, claiming that they destroy families, and promote prostitution and sexual promiscuity. Withdrawing funding from these programs will severely limit not just family planning, but also a broad array of other health services for poor women, globally.
American women’s right to choose
As part of their determination to end American women’s right to decide if and when to have children, Congress and the White House intend to defund Planned Parenthood (despite the fact that abortions represent only three percent of their work). The current GOP Health-Care Plan (replacing the Affordable Care Act) includes a sweeping rollback of coverage for women’s health care (including abortion) for people on both public and private insurance. The poorest and most elderly segments of our population will be most affected, getting less care for more money than they did under the ACA.
Separating immigrant mothers from their children
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is now considering separating immigrant mothers from their children. The mothers would be held in special detention centers, and their children would be placed in government custody. The apparent purpose of this policy is to discourage women from emigrating with their children.
Repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
Congress is committed to rushing through the repeal of ACA, which could cause over 20 million people to lose health insurance coverage, strip women of maternity and newborn care, preventative cancer screenings, and contraceptive coverage. It would also remove anti-discrimination protections for LGBT people, risk sex-discriminatory insurance pricing, and more.
Rollback of government worker safeguards
The Senate recently voted to rescind the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces rules that provided critical safeguards and protection against discrimination and on-the-job harassment, as well as compliance with workplace safety and minimum wage laws for workers employed by the federal government or federal contractors.
Targeting individuals by religion and/or national origin
Executive actions like Trump’s Muslim bans and expedited deportations violate rights of religious freedom. Muslim women and immigrant survivors of domestic violence are some of the most vulnerable populations affected by these inhumane and un-American policies.
Organizations we should support
Has a long history of providing legal help to defend our civil rights. Currently forming grassroot action groups. Excellent source of information on legal rights in general and the rights of immigrants, in particular.
Provides reproductive and other kinds of healthcare and information for women, parents, and teens—nationwide and worldwide. Counsels 2.5 million patients in the U.S. annually, and close to 5 million, worldwide. An major healthcare supplier for poor women. Reliable source of information.
Liberal political action group and a strong enabler of individual and small group grassroots programs. Reliable source of information.
Southern Poverty Law Center
Specializes in tracking (and fighting) radical hate groups in the U.S. Finds that one result of Trump’s candidacy has been a big increase in hate crimes. Note: The number of hate groups in the U.S. rose for a second year in a row in 2016. Reliable source of information.