J.K. Rowling Takes Down Trump For Reinstating Anti-Abortion Rule

The author has spoken out on behalf of women everywhere

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It's no secret that J.K. Rowling isn't a fan of Donald Trump. So, when the US President reinstated a rule that will make it much harder for women to get safe abortions on Monday, the author was quick to fight back with her views on the policy.

Donald Trump, surrounded by men, signing the Mexico City policy
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The reintroduction of the Mexico City Policy, also known as the Global Gag Rule, means that US government support for international aid groups that provide or counsel women on abortion services will be banned. As Rowling pointed out in her response on Twitter, it's now likely that the 47,000 women who die from unsafe abortions a year will be joined by more.

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To highlight this message, the writer shared screenshots of a Guttmacher Institute study, which found that thousands of women's lives have been put at risk as a result of the policy Trump has just reinstated.

She also disputed the belief that the policy will reduce abortions and stressed that it will actually make the practice "more unsafe".

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While many were supportive of Rowling's tweets, they weren't understood by everyone. When one commenter attempted to make a "pussy" joke, Rowling came back with the best possible response.

"Lady, if you think the deaths of vulnerable African women are a suitable subject for a pussy joke, you'd better hope there's no hell," she wrote.

Another Twitter user also got shut down when he suggested Rowling should watch Mike Leigh's film, Vera Drake, which tells the story of an illegal abortionist.

However, Rowling wasn't the only one to raise concerns about the policy news, which comes after President Barack Obama reversed the Global Gag Rule eight years ago.

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, wrote on Twitter, "The world's most vulnerable women will suffer as a direct result of this policy, which undermines years of effort to improve women's health."

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand also shared her plans to fight against the rule.

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