Politics Protest

Published on February 11, 2017 | by Nathan.Shubert     Photography by Wikimedia Commons

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Trump cuts foreign aid to women who want abortions

Shortly after taking office, President Donald Trump signed an executive order cutting funding to foreign organizations that provide abortion services.

On Jan. 23, 2017 President Trump brought back an executive order that was first introduced 1967. Then-Governor Ronald Reagan signed into the Therapeutic Abortion Bill to avoid back-room abortions that put women’s lives in danger.

When former President Obama was originally brought into office in 2009, he got rid of the policy.

Jackie Hanson, a women’s rights campaign coordinator for Amnesty International said that she and her coworkers were surprised that this was one of the first things President Trump enacted. “There are so many other important issues in the United States, women getting an abortion should not be one of them,” said Hanson.

Amnesty International is a global organization that focuses on human rights.

Hanson added that abortion is a touchy subject for any woman, no matter where they are from. “We will fight to make sure everyone’s rights are being protected,” said Hanson.

Tyler Shipley, a society, culture and commerce professor at Humber College said that the fact that the government is limiting a woman’s options is worrisome.

“North American culture teaches us that women have the right to do whatever they wish to do with their bodies,” said Shipley.

Shipley said that the rise of Donald Trump has allowed other Conservative figures to get more attention in the media lately.

“Some of the Conservative politicians in Canada have started to take on some of Donald Trump’s ideas,” said Shipley.

Patrick Clifford, a law professor at the University of Guelph-Humber said that Canada’s political standing will most likely not adopt this idea any time soon, as the government respects women’s health care and their right to choose.

Clifford said that when a president signs an executive order, it is usually to bypass the waiting period in which it goes through congress.

Canada currently has no criminal laws against abortions.

Canada loosened restrictions on the law against abortion in 1969. The law was then completely abolished later in the Supreme Court in 1988.

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