Two Days After Women’s March, Trump Prohibits Overseas Abortion Funding

Today, President Trump (I gag every timesigned a few executive orders, including US withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a federal government hiring freeze (with military exception), and the reinstitution of the Mexico City Policy.  The Mexico City Policy was first introduced by President Reagan, has been supported or reestablished by all Republican Presidents since, and rescinded by all Democrat Presidents.

The policy prohibits any international family planning charities from receiving federal funding unless they agree not to perform or promote abortion services.  Promoting abortion services includes providing patients with information about the procedure or referring patients to providers who perform it.  Funding is rescinded whether or not the funds are actually used for abortions, unlike the controversial Hyde Amendment, which prohibits federal funding from being directly used for abortions but does not prohibit funding altogether.

Image credit: National Park Service EarthCam
Image credit: National Park Service EarthCam

This move — the activation or deactivation of the policy — usually comes on or around the anniversary of the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision, which is coincidentally right around the time of Presidential inaugurations.  This time around, the policy renewal comes just two days after the Women’s March, an international effort that focused on women’s rights and equality.  It’s unfortunate that the first Presidential action dealing with women’s rights after the protests is one that restricts women’s access to abortion counseling or services, limiting their choices when it comes to family planning medical care.

This executive order is a clear message to Americans that President Trump will not be swayed by protests, however large or widespread they are, even when they happen to be much larger in crowd size than his own inauguration.

 


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36 thoughts on “Two Days After Women’s March, Trump Prohibits Overseas Abortion Funding

  1. It does not “restrict access” to anything, and abortion supporters are free to direct their own funds to the organizations.

        1. Keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better. The rest of us know better, and we’ll easily carry on without you.

          1. “Restrict access” does have a particular meaning, which is why it’s wrong to say the order restricts access.

          2. It’s dishonest to say access is restricted. If the order is so terrible you shouldn’t have to mischaracterize what it does.

          3. The government doesn’t fund churches, shoe stores, or Adam Sandler movies. Is it accurate to say the government “restricts access” to church, shoes, and bad movies? Obviously not.

          4. Shoe stores and Sandler movies operate without the request or promise of government funding. Churches operate with the promise of tax breaks from the government. If churches started being taxed, they would go bankrupt and begin to close down or lay off clergy. As a result, citizens’ access to churches would be restricted. Removing funds that organizations depend on to operate, in turn, forces them to downsize, restricting people’s access. You don’t need a degree in economics to understand this. You’re either trolling again or incredibly dense. Either way, I’ve explained this well enough and won’t respond further.

          5. None of the organizations are being taxed, they are being treated the same as Churches. As previously noted, there is nothing preventing those who support these organizations from making up for the lost funding.

          6. What a stupid set of comments. I thought maybe Goat boy would have a little introspection when I showed how he was lying about a specific set of graphs he was using to support his anti-abortion argument. I guess not. Someone who shamelessly lies like he does should be banned. It’s one thing to disagree with someone on the facts, it’s quite another thing to lie about what constitutes facts.

          7. If they generally funded religious buildings, stores, and movies. but not those ones, then yes. In this case, the government is funding charities, but not these ones.

        1. It should be anyway, if tax dollars are being replaced by voluntary contributions.

          Maybe the military should operate the same way? Want the military to fight overseas wars? Fund them yourself.

  2. More people showed up to protest the pussy grabber than showed up to see him officially take over. So he HAD to do the following A) Make sure everybody knows that he had the bigliest crowd ever. B) Fuck over some more women , just to prove he is an even bigger asshole than anybody else ever. C) Cut of government employees from using twitter (well not HIM of course). May the FSM help us, the US is being run by Zaphod Beeblebrox’s evil and more egotistical twin.

  3. “This executive order is a clear message to Americans that President Trump will not be swayed by protests, however large or widespread they are…”

    Amen!

    1. And deregulation! Its always good conservative policy to remove regulations on how organizations do business. Well, except this time. And except for the day before yesterday, when he instituted a new regulation on federal employees tweeting. Okay so they’re averaging two new regulations per business day in office. They’re still yuge into deregulation!

      Small government = using a microscope to examine policies for conservative orthodoxy.

  4. > This executive order is a clear message to Americans that President Trump will not be swayed by protests, however large or widespread they are, even when they happen to be much larger in crowd size than his own inauguration.

    Of course. These demonstrations didn’t fluff his ego nor did they provide him with wealth. He did what his fluffers wanted.

    You have to offer him a medal, good publicity or a painting of himself if you want him to go your way.

  5. When reports started rolling in that the Women’s March was rather non-violent, I immediately knew the march would have little to no effect on anything.

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