Women’s reproductive rights were a major topic of controversy in this polarizing election. Again, the simple liberty to choose when to have children was questioned. Abortion was last criminalized in 1870 and thousands of women died from botched abortions.
After countless protests and millions of bra burnings, a landmark, seemingly permanent decision was reached in Roe v. Wade. However, with the election of Donald Trump, it seems everything is up for grabs: our rights, our dignity, and even our privates. One of Trump’s first acts as president was to reinstate the “global gag rule”. Previously used under Bush, it is now described as “the gag rule on steroids” and includes financial cuts in order to restrict access to contraceptives.
Planned Parenthood has been recognized by the President himself to have only three percent of its services devoted to abortion, yet he plans on defunding the organization entirely. He surrounds himself with men who support and encourage his plan, including Vice President Mike Pence, who has attempted to ban abortion, and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, who drafted a plan to limit contraception and maternity care by eliminating Obamacare.
In the final presidential debate, Clinton remained composed as Trump muttered in the microphone, “nasty woman.” “Nasty woman” is now a viral call for solidarity which speaks volumes about a population that, rather than elect the first female president, chose a president who headlined for his tawdry remarks about women. Women will not stand to be belittled as “bimbos” or sexual objects, nor will we support his objectification of bright, hardworking American women.
With the Women’s Marches in January, it wasn’t a coincidence that, according to the New York Times, three times the amount of people in attendance for Trump’s inauguration attended the Women’s March. Millions marched in opposition to Trump’s policies on human rights, all with a unifying passion—to deny the regression of society and promote feminism, ideals demonized by President Trump.
To quote his tweet regarding Rosie O’Donnell, I believe Trump is “disgusting, both inside and out.” His disdain for women is appalling. We are currently at a crossroads: one in which we must choose to be defined by our president and his policies or unify and fight back to make America truly great again. We must fight as “nasty women” for the rights of our mothers, sisters, and daughters of the future.