Rolling Stone magazine explains the women’s march
Anchored by a vice president who has vowed to relegate Roe v. Wade to the “dustbin of history,Â ” the Trump administration is openly hostile to women’s health and reproductive freedoms. Trump will appoint only pro-life judges, he’s said, with the aim of allowing individual states to ban abortion â€“ forcing women to “go to another state.”
Trump is now in position to sign legislation defunding Planned Parenthood and to revoke the executive order that requires health insurers to cover birth control â€“ a benefit to 55 million American women. Trump could also reinstate the global “gag rule” that blocks U.S. funding for aid groups that provide â€“ or even discuss â€“ abortion services.
“We are preparing as though the Trump administration is going to do everything within its executive power” to attack reproductive rights, says Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL. And the movement is bracing for the worst-case-scenario: a Trump-stacked Supreme Court that overturns Roe. NARAL is focused on creating “asylum zones” in cities and states where women can be confident of accessing reproductive services, and, says Hogue, to “mobilize resources so that as many women as possible can get to those safe zones in the event abortion services disappear entirely from other states.”
“This is literally whether a woman who has a lump in her breast can come to us in Ohio to have a breast exam,” Richards says. “Or whether a young person can come to us for family planning.” More than 1.5 million Americans, many of them Medicaid patients, rely on Planned Parenthood, “and for most of them we’re their only medical provider; there’s no one to take our place.” In Texas, where state Republicans have succeeded in shuttering dozens of Planned Parenthood clinics, the maternal death rate has doubled, hitting poor women of color the hardest. “It is a very serious threat,” says Richards, “but we will not go without a fight.”
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