Thursday, April 13, 2017
Trump privately signs anti-Planned Parenthood law
President Trump recently signed a bill that which allowed states to withhold federal money from Planned Parenthood and other agencies which provide abortions. Furthermore, the normally media friendly Trump decided to sign this bill in private away from cameras. The bill reverses Obama's regulation which determined that despite abortions being an aspect of organizations such as Planned Parenthood, there are still numerous positive services they provide health care, birth control, and pregnancy tests, thus preventing states from withholding money from these agencies. While Trump's signing this act does reflect his personal beliefs and those in his party's in regards to abortions, his choice disregards the beneficial services that these agencies provide to young women. Furthermore, it contributes to the image of Trump disregarding female rights and taking every opportunity to chip away at it. This reminds me of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal and the criticism that was associated with it. While supporters of Roosevelt supported his tax policies and the more authoritative government in regards to economy, opponents argued that a more laissez-faire policy without extensive government interference would be better. This is similar to feminist leaders wishing Trump to not tamper with existing policies in order to support his own beliefs. What do you think of Trump's decision to sign this bill? Does it portray him in a negative light? Do you believe Planned Parenthood's positive aspects outweigh its negative ones?