"Womens Rights Are Human Rights"

As you all know I don't really get myself involved in the more controversial topics in life, until today that is.
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A mere two minutes ago, as I scanned through the news.com.au website (yes that is what I seem to do in my spare time now) an article about the newly elected American president, Donald Trump caught my eye. Now, there is a lot of articles about Trump everywhere on the internet, some about how he is the greatest thing since slice bread, but the majority about how he is sure to be the President that leads everyone into doom. As an Australian resident, I don't feel that I am overly effected by Trump and his leadership skills but as a women, the news article that caught my eye made me mad, really mad. So, I took it upon myself to do the research that some people don't have the time to do, and put all the information you need to know about the Mexico City Policy into one place, so read, and educate yourself on how Trump has slowly started to take away women rights.
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Trumps presidency is only days old and he has already signed a policy that could see women and their rights to their own body restricted. Its called the Mexico City policy and it basically means that a non-government organisation receiving federal funding, should it want to continue receiving that federal funding must not promote or preform abortions as a method of family planning. Not only does this policy effect America, it effects the whole world, these non-government agencies have been banned from providing abortion services internationally. This policy has been on a bit of ride over the years since it was first introduced by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. In 1193 it was first revoked by President Bill Clinton, before being reinstated eight years later when George W. Bush took to office. During his presidency, Barack Obama overturned the Mexico City Policy, which he announced with a statement committing himself to women right to choose. 

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Abortion, in the policy is defined as "a method of family planning when it is for the purpose of spacing births." Promoting aborting is continued to be defined as committing its resources "in a substantial or continuing effort to increase the availability or use of abortion as a method of family planning". However, some exceptions to the terms of abortion were listed in the policy. Abortions can be preformed if is deemed that the life of the mother will be put in danger should she carry the baby to full term. An abortion can also be preformed should the pregnancy be the result of incest or rape. Health care facilities are also given the right to post-abortion care whether the abortion was preformed legally or illegally. The policy also states that family planning Councillors must respond to mothers who have already decided upon an abortion in a "passive" way. Looking at research from earlier use of this policy, while they protested the ban, these non government agencies reluctantly accepted the policy in order to remain eligible for government funding, which many of these agencies rely on to keep them going.

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As I'm sure you've seen all over the news and social media, on the 21st of January 2017, a mere three days ago the Women's March on Washington not only descended on Washington itself, it descended on almost every city you can imagine, even Antarctica got involved! People, all over the world rallied and marched for various reasons. Some marched to protect the future and their health, some marched because they want to go out without being sexualised by men, some marched to create a better future for their children and their grandchildren. Yet, they're all fighting for one thing- for women's rights and equality, and Trump isn't about that. Women all over the world marched with their heads high and their signs even higher.

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Now that I've given you the facts, let me give you my opinion, because what would a post on the Introvert Archive be without some opinion. Firstly, I think that despite often proclaiming how much he "cherishes" women, President Donald Trump is a misogynistic arsehole. To back up this opinion lets take a look at some of his past comments about women, shall we? Even better, lets put it in a list, because everyone likes lists.

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-The year is 1991, Donald Trump, during an interview with magazine Esquire makes the comment "You know, it doesn't really matter what [the media] write as long as you've got a young and beautiful piece of ass."
-In 1997 Donald Trump released his book The Art Of Comeback, in which he made the statement, "The other is the calculating woman who refuses to sign the prenuptial agreement because she is expecting to take advantage of the poor, unsuspecting sucker shes got in her grasp." 
- During the infamous interview with Howard Stern in 2005 he was asked about having kids with his wife Melania, his response? "I won't do anything to take care of them. I'll supply funds and she'll take care of the kids. It's not like I'm gonna be walking the kids down Central Park."
-Another comment from that interview:"A person who is flat chested is very hard to be a 10." 
-When talking about sexual assaults happening in the military Trump tweeted "What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together."
-In 2005 reporter Megyn Kelly put the hard words on Trump during a Fox News debate, the comment in question however comes after that debate during an interview with CNN, "You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. There was blood coming out everywhere."
-Trumps opinion on Carly Fiorina in 2015: Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?"

If the list above does nothing to prove my opinion on his misogynist  ideals I feel that nothing will.

My second opinion, on the Mexico City Policy. WHAT A LOAD OF ABSOLUTE BULLSHIT. Women, no matter where they live in the world, should be able to choose what happens with their body. I'm am 100% pro-choice, and while I have never had an abortion, I would like to think that the option is there should I need it. Forcing someone into having a pregnancy that they don't want because they have no access to the help that they desire is going to produce nothing good. Donald trump is trying to gain the access into every sector of peoples lives and this is not okay- the government should not have any negative influence of the matters that affect peoples private lives and more importantly, their health.

I'm going to leave this post here as I'm seriously working myself up just thinking about this. But I truly hope that through knowledge and understanding we as women, and as people who support the rights of women and equality, can work together to make a change for the future.


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