By Travonte Harris, Staff Writer
The world recently laid witness to the Women’s March, in which over 3.2 million people participated. It was perhaps one of the biggest protests of our time. Seas of women and allies came out together in solidarity, confirming that they will never bow down to the reigning dictator, President Trump.
Trump is a figure who poses a threat to democracy and to women’s ability to be autonomous. I am starting to think even Hustler Magazine CEO and Founder Larry Flynt may have been a better president, at least he says that he has “always celebrated” women. But Donald Trump sees women as subservient to man. Donald Trump plays with women’s health care access the way a child would play with a toy.
This week, Trump signed an order that will cut off access to contraception, allowing companies to opt-out of coverage for birth control. The people who will be most affected by this are probably the vast numbers of women, low-income, and African-American women. If that is not racism, I do not know what is. American history shows us that our government consistently fails to prioritize the rights and autonomy of non-white women. Even as recently as the 1970s, as many as 32 federally-funded clinics performed coerced sterilization disproportionately to African American and Puerto Rican women in the United States.
Other ways women will be affected are curbed access to cancer screenings, and soon may expand to vaccinations, and will affect HIV and Zika virus support. Planned Parenthood claims that abortion-related services account for only 3 percent of their business, and blocking women’s access to the other vital services performed by the clinic will undoubtedly leave thousands of poor, vulnerable women dead.
According to Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times, Trump is trying to focus the country’s energy on trivial things like building walls, and expediting oil pipelines, all the while screwing women, although I may have added the screwing women part. Trump recently signed orders that drastically reduce women’s healthcare in a room full of men.
How can a room full of men truly understand a woman’s struggle? You would not ask only white people their opinion of how to respond to issues that the Black Lives Matter campaign addresses. You need some diversity, you have to have people of different races, different ages, different backgrounds to truly understand the everyday struggle of discrimination in America.
I believe that room should have been full of men and women of different ages and cultural backgrounds. The President’s job is to act as a public servant, and a true public servant would want to include everyone in their decision-making process.
When women are forced into a corner, many of them will try to survive the best way they know how. Some will take increasingly risky methods to abort their pregnancies which can put them in tremendous danger of complications.
Trump fails to realize that he is hurting people. He is letting his ego get the best of him and is in essence, killing people. If he calls himself pro-life he is simply wrong. More people will die because they don’t have access to quality healthcare, and without treatment for various conditions, people will die. Marie Stopes of Marie Stopes International, says that if she cannot secure replacement funding, there may be as many as 6.5 million unintentional pregnancies, 2.2 million abortions, and 21,700 women dying in pregnancy or childbirth.
America was founded to be the land of the free and that should not stop with Trump. Women should have the right to choose whether or not to have a baby, and they should be able to easily afford and obtain quality healthcare. Stand up for what you believe in, that is what I try to do and you should, too.