Daniel Halliday
May 3 · Last update 2 mo. ago.
What is behind the Trump administration’s apparent attack on abortion?
Following the recent confrontation with the United Nations over a UN resolution to end sexual violence in war, the United States government, and Vice President Mike Pence in particular, seem intent on waging a war of policy against abortion. But why now? What is behind the US government’s recent attack on abortion?
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US efforts are international

The United States’ new moves against abortion do not just affect the States exclusively, but have international implications. The “global gag rule” re-enacted by the Trump administration is an expansion of policy that limits organisations that want to work with a US global health assistance program to organisations that don’t provide abortion services or even advocate for abortion. This policy jeopardises schemes put in place by the governments of more progressive countries such as the UK and Canada, and also limits the potential of organisations such as the Bill Gates foundation that has advocated for family planning schemes. The repercussions of this policy may lead to a quick decline in rights of women internationally, and this move by the US underlines the failing of the UN in standing their ground and protecting human rights following US threats.

youtube.com/watch?v=s8kNjClIjjg

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Gradual attempts to roll back Roe v. Wade

Roe v. Wade was a milestone legal judgement made by the United States Supreme Court in 1973, that decided a woman’s right to have an abortion was protected under the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution. While the Trump administration may have not publicly announced that they are trying to repeal this law, the passing of hundreds of restrictions on abortions since 2010 is making it clear they are trying to undermine landmark legal matter. Legislation such as TRAP laws, designed to drive abortion providers out of business, represents the first few steps toward what Republicans really want, but it’s too delicate a moral and ethnic issue and has such a large amount of public support behind it, that they won’t openly denounce Roe v. Wade.

rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/the-stealth-war-on-abortion-102195

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