Donald Trump Has Already Signed An Act That Threatens Reproductive Rights Across The Globe

And he did it, seemingly, without a single female present

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At times there are images that are too ironic to bear.

Take this photo of a CNN panel discussing the Women's March.

CNN panel discussing the Women's March
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Or this photo of Donald Trump signing an executive order to defund reproductive health services around the globe.

Donald Trump, surrounded by men, signing the Mexico City policy
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Notice anything about these two photos?

Yep, they are both concerned intimately with women's issues and there a hardly any to no women around.

Unfortunately, Trump's decision is perhaps an inevitability.

With the most white and male Cabinet since Reagan what can one expect to happen?

It has also been noted that every Republican president since Reagan has reinstated the Mexico City policy and every Democratic president has rescinded it.

The Huffington Post has noted the history of the policy.

Ronald Reagan in 1982

It was introduced by Ronald Reagan in 1984 and also goes by the 'global gag rule'.

What it means is that none of the $600 million that the US gives to international assistance for family planning and reproductive health programs, making it possible for 27 million women and couples to access contraceptive services and supplies, can go towards any NGO that supplies abortions.

Putting aside the direct attack this is on womens' ability to access terminations worldwide (if you can), this precludes the aid from going to any other facet of reproductive health, i.e. scans, smears, modern contraception, STI testing and so on, if the NGO also provides abortions.

The far-reaching consequences of this policy, which are outlined in this paper, will contribute to the 21 million unsafe abortions that happen every year, accounting for 13% of all maternal deaths.

And it was seemingly signed with not one women present.

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