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?

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  1. I don't agree at all with states being allowed to do this. I also think that the negatives of cutting funding far outweigh the positives. Planned Parenthood's work allows for easy to access medical help, as well as a safe route for people to take. The organization is important for keeping people healthy and allowing them to have multiple options on what they want to do with their own bodies. In my opinion, Trump has left behind a large group of people, and has brought more hurt than good. This move will be seen as great in the eyes of people who have more "traditional" beliefs, but I believe more people will oppose this bill overall.

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  3. I have to agree with you, I believe that he signed this bill in order to hinder gender equality. Honestly he really doesnt need to do much anymore to be viewed in a negative way. These actions, where he isnt involving the public before committing decisions is not helping him. Now while I can see that abortions can be viewed negatively, I still believe it is up to choice whether anyone wants a child or not. As well as I dont know what else would be negative or controversial about planned parent hood.

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  4. I agree with Chris. I did my blog article about Planned Parenthood a few months ago, and my beliefs are still the same. Yes, Trump has the authority to sign bills that reflect his own opinion, but I do not think it is the best course of action. Like we talked about in class, birth control/ reproductive rights were a huge step for women. Taking away the rights for women to receive contraceptives or birth control pills or even abortions, is just morally wrong. I understand that abortions cause huge controversy, but Planned Parenthood also offers other services. I might be wrong, but I believe that more democratic states such as California will still use state funding for this organization, but I can't speak for the more conservative states.

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  5. My instinctual reaction is to claim that cutting federal funding to Planned Parenthood is a dangerous move on Trump's part. While he is attempting to halt the rate of abortions, he is also eliminating funding to a center that provides reproductive health care to many people, especially those of lower economic status, those of color, and those who are victims of any other facet other people use to discriminate. If defunding Planned Parenthood forces centers to shut down or cut back on certain health services, the overall health of communities will likely decrease, not to mention the heavy toll it will take on the health of women, especially those seeking abortions. Like Colglazier mentioned in class, studies show that if women are unable to safely get an abortion, they will take unsafe measures to do it themselves.

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    1. I agree with your comment, specifically the aspect of women taking unsafe measures to get an abortion even if it is illegal. Cutting off funding to Planned Parenthood in order to stop abortions does not seem like an effective means to stop abortion; it simply promotes unsafe ones. That combined with the other services of Planned Parenthood which are important to women across America present Trump's decision as not an effective one.

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  6. This rule was popular 91% of public comments were favorable. No one should have their health care threatened because of where they get it. It does portray a negative light. If defunding Planned Parenthood forces centers to shut down or cut back on certain health services, the overall health of communities will likely decrease. Which will not be good

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  7. I think trump is making a dangerous move signing that bill in private. I think that he does not really want too many people to know about it because of his history with misogyny and how people who oppose him will only use it as more ammunition. it makes sense, given that he has not had much respect for women in the past, that he would sign in a bill that tries to chip away at women's rights. and I do believe that this decision puts him under a negative light especially for liberals and democrats. also I believe that planned parenthood's positive aspects totally outweigh the negative effects.

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  8. I think Trump needs to look past his feelings on abortion to recognize the fact that he is risking the general health of women when he allows governments to withhold money from Planned Parenthood. The restricted funding would make the PP services more expensive or cause facilities to shut down, making the health care that they provide less accessible to women, especially those who are of lower income. This action will probably render virtually no consequences for him, since he can't tarnish his reputation with women even more than he already has.

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  9. Siding with the comments above, Trump needs to reconsider this bill because women should be given the opportunity to have things like birth control because at the end of the day it is the woman's decision to do what she wants with her body.

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  10. I find it interesting that Trump decided to sign this bill in private, possibly because he is aware of how contentious the issue of abortion is. While I do not agree with his decision, I doubt that Trump passed the bill just to "chip away" at the rights of women. It is not as if Trump made this decision for himself; keep in mind that there are many conservatives that support this bill. I agree that this will most likely have a detrimental impact on the health of the US, particularly women of lower economic status. However, I do not believe that the effect of the bill would be as damaging as some may believe it to be as the bill only allows states to withhold funds, it does not force them to.

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