13. A Woman’s Right(s)
A woman was inches away from becoming the first female to be named the leader of the free world, and now many feel this dream has slipped even further away from happening anytime soon. The American people voted for a candidate who, during his campaign, was accused by multiple women of past sexual assault. He was also part of degrading, public exchanges and commentary such as his war with Megyn Kelly where he said, “You could see… blood coming out of her wherever,” which if you believe Trump’s claim after the fact, was his way of alluding to blood coming out of her nose. In the wake of many more exchanges such as these, many women still stood 100% behind Trump’s candidacy, while others found themselves all the more terrified by the prospect of it.
As far as the topic of abortion is concerned, and a woman’s right to choose, it’s safe to say those on either side of the issue are unlikely to come together and agree on a solution anytime soon. Many women are dismayed by Trump’s pledge to appoint a pro-life Supreme Court justice who will aim place the matter into the hands of the state, causing some states to ban abortions and force women seeking medical aid needing to travel elsewhere. It’s a move that affects women all over the world according to the International Women’s Health Coalition President, Francoise Girard, who said, “Women around the world are alarmed.” Girard told The Los Angeles Times‘ Ann Simmons that “The United States is, of course, a very important and influential country in global diplomacy. It has also historically set the pace on women’s rights. What we’re afraid of [is] a regression on women’s sexual, reproductive and health rights.”