Being a woman in a war-torn region is difficult enough with the threat of rape and sexual assault added to the dangers of the other types of physical violence always lurking. Now the Trump administration wants to make it even worse, by rejecting a Canadian proposal for a UN resolution that was designed to prevent violence against women and ensure that they have “comprehensive sexual and health-care services” because of the greater risk in conflict zones.
According to an article in the British newspaper The Independent, the reason for this inexplicable repudiation of what most civilized nations would automatically accept as a “no-brainer” is that fact that the language of the resolution included a clause that ensured access to safe abortions.
In other words, the Trump administration’s policy is to coerce women who become pregnant after being forcibly raped by a violent attacker in a war zone to carry their unwanted fetus, a painful and shameful reminder of the trauma they endured, to full term.
According to the Independent:
“The US First Secretary to the UN in Geneva Jason Mack said that the US is rejecting a Canadian proposal to the 47-member Human Rights Council because the Trump administration does “not recognise abortion as a method of family planning, nor do we support abortion in our reproductive health assistance”.
The move is part of Donald Trump’s reinstatement of the global gag rule, which states that the US will not fund or support any foreign organisations that provide or even speak about abortion services as part of their work, even if the bulk of that organisation’s work is on other health care issues.”
It seems like the religious right in the U.S., which the Trump administration has been so carefully courting as its last bastion of support outside his billionaire cronies, wants to enact their own version of Sharia law and force it down the throats of the rest of the world.
It’s not just women in conflict zones that will suffer from these policies, however.
The Republican attacks on Planned Parenthood here in the U.S., enshrined in the latest Trumpcare bill, stem from those same policies and will affect the access and affordability of women’s healthcare much closer to home, despite the fact that only a minuscule percentage of Planned Parenthood’s services are abortion-related.
Sorry, Canada. Please remember that the majority of the people in this country did not vote for Trump and his anti-women agenda.