Trumproductive Rights: A Brief Introduction
We are a year on from Trump winning the 2016 Presidential Election and for many women across the world, it still feels like a shock. A President who has many sexual assault allegations pinned against him and has played down sexist comments on multiple occasions is, frankly, a sign of the times. He is the perfect President to legitimise the ongoing and horrific fight against women's autonomy in the USA. It is the season of Trumproductive Rights and we have a front row seat.
Here in the UK it is easy to think that the struggles across the pond felt by many women can be ignored. That it can’t be ‘that’ bad in such a ‘developed’ country. What many people don’t know is that in Kentucky, a state almost as large as the country of England, there is one barely functioning abortion clinic left. Many people fail to realise that in Texas the strictest abortion laws were passed and maternal deaths subsequently doubled in the state. Most of us are guilty of ignoring the cries of women from the eleven states with near total bans on abortion.
But it does affect us, ripples of anti abortion sentiment have begun to float in from across the pond. Whilst we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Abortion Act here in the UK it is easy to drown out the noise of our sisters in Northern Ireland - a part of the UK, where abortions are also illegal in almost every circumstance. When the most powerful country in the world is actively stripping women of their freedoms, it sets an example to the wider world in which we all suffer.
The Jaded Project is beginning a series focussing on women's reproductive rights across the world. We hope to shine a light on the Trump Administration, student lobbyists and the UK political climate to help show you that as a student can fight effectively against damaging legislation. Stand with us, write for us and make the student voice count.