Three days after he became president, Trump signed an executive order that denied U.S. assistance to any foreign-based organization that performs, promotes or offers information on abortion . A similar plan, known as the Mexico City policy, was in effect under past Republican presidents. But Trump expanded it exponentially to apply not just to around $600 million in overseas family-planning funds, but to the entire $8.8 billion in annual U.S. global health aid.
Abortion is one of the very few topics that manages to combine religion, politics, and sex, and it has REALLY screwed up our politics. I have 2 relatives who voted for Trump ONLY because of the abortion issue.
Up until about 10 years ago, I was pretty conservative on this issue, but gradually came to understand that my position was incorrect.
I just finished reading an excellent book bu Jodi Picoult titled "a spark of light", which is a story about a man who storms into the ONLY abortion clinic in Mississippi and starts shooting people. Like all her books, this one is thoroughly researched and thought provoking. There are 5 states, incidentally, that have only ONE clinic.
A paragraph from the author's notes in the book vividly demonstrates the hypocrisy of the "pro-life" people.
The National Abortion Federation compiles statistics on violence committed by anti-abortion protesters in the United States and Canada. Since 1977, there have been 17 attempted murders, 383 death threats, 153 incidents of assault and battery, 13 individuals wounded, 10 stink bombs, 373 break-ins, 42 bombings, 173 arsons, 91 attempted bombings or arsons, 619 bomb threats, 1630 acts of trespassing, 1264 incidents of vandalism, 655 anthrax threats, and 3 kidnappings.
11 people have been killed: four doctors, 2 clinic employees, a security guard, a police officer, a clinic escort, and 2 others.
In addition to the violence, clinics have been attacked by politicians. In the past 5 years, more than 280 laws have been passed that restrict access to abortion. In Mississippi, a woman can actually be charged for murder if she terminates her pregnancy. The two provisions in the law are Mississippi code section 97-3-17, section 1, and Mississippi Code 97-3-19, section D.
Since there have been FOUR Supreme Court decisions in favor of the "pro-choice' crows, it seems to me that the Mississippi laws are unconstitutional, so I wrote a letter to the Mississippi chapter of the ACLU a few days ago, and asked them if they had brought suit yet against the state.
If you have the time to read another book about abortion, I would recommend reading "scarlet A" by Kaatie Watson, who is a bioethicist at Northwestern's medical school, and a senior counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois.