When the United States of America elected Donald Trump as the next President of the United States, roughly half of the country celebrated. Branding themselves as the “silent majority” before election day–claiming they’d be the ones responsible for the single biggest political upsets in American (and maybe world) history. Then, surprisingly to many, he did pull off that upset. And while about half of the country celebrated, the other half (slightly more than half, if popular vote numbers are a good indicator) became fearful.
Without getting too overtly political, Donald Trump has proposed radical changes to America, to say the least. Whether he will follow through with them is a different matter–will he actually build the wall on the US-Mexico border? Will be actually follow through and ban all Muslims from immigrating to the United States? Will be appoint Supreme Court Justices to overturn Roe v Wade?
At this point, it seems like we’ve been put in a “wait and see” position. And since we, as a Democracy (or Republic, since Clinton did end up winning the popular vote) elected Donald Trump as our 45th President, many advocate that we “give him a chance,” and see what he actually does.
Here are some of the things that Donald Trump has proposed, said, or done, that could have a profound impact on women and the state of America.
The Trump Tapes
This one isn’t a proposal (thankfully), but it does put Trump’s view on women as a whole on center stage, and helped to bring his colors to light during the campaign. Trump’s supposed “locker room talk” wasn’t just excusable “everyone has said stuff like that,” off the cuff remarks. They weren’t remarks made by a group of drunk fraternity members or a janitor or electrician or virtually anyone else. They were the rantings of a grown adult man who is now about to become the President of the United States. His clear lack of respect towards women will put on a pedestal that type of behavior and ensure that it’s harder to get respect than it has been in the past.
Defunding Planned Parenthood
The defunding of Planned Parenthood is something that both Donald Trump and Mike Pence have touched on during the campaign, both under the guise of making receiving an abortion more difficult. The issue at hand is, of course, that no funding for Planned Parenthood goes towards abortions; it goes instead towards cancer screenings, reproductive healthcare and much more. Defunding Planned Parenthood would mean many, many women would go without these healthcare needs, jeopardizing their health.
Overturning Roe v Wade
Trump has said numerous times that he plans to appoint a Supreme Court justice who would be committed to overturning Roe v Wade, the Supreme Court case that granted women access to safe abortions. While many say that overturning Roe v Wade would be difficult, even under a Trump administration, the fact that he’s committed to trying is still there, and should remain in the minds of everyone across the country during the next four years.