Opinion: Coronavirus has Magnified Problem of, Silence Around, Sexism and Gender Inequality

One can find in the media many important analyses and accounts of the way the coronavirus pandemic has exposed and exacerbated the myriad inequities plaguing U.S. society.

The most opulent among us can shelter in place and not have to worry about their next paycheck, about being evicted, about having enough food. They don’t have to choose between staying safe and risking their lives by going to work. read more

Trump, Pence and the GOP Have Declared War On Birth Control

Reproductive rights women

They say they are fighting abortion, but recent actions by Donald Trump and his Republican enablers make clear that they in fact have declared war on birth control itself.  In doing so they have taken the “war on women” to a new extreme level because they are challenging the right of women to have access to contraceptives, which are used by 60% of women of reproductive age.

On Friday we reported that:

“U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday issued a proposal that would effectively stop giving government funds that subsidize birth control for low-income women to Planned Parenthood and other clinics. The plan is aimed at fulfilling Trump’s campaign pledge to defund Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides abortions and other health services for women.”

“Congress provided $286 million in Title X grants in 2017 to Planned Parenthood and other health centers to provide birth control, screening for diseases and cancer, and other reproductive counseling to low-income women. The funding cannot be used for abortions, but abortion opponents have long complained that the money subsidizes Planned Parenthood.”

The press reports are very misleading.  They say that Trump’s actions will take funds away from abortion providers.  But as the above passage makes clear they are taking funds away from necessary women’s health services such as “birth control, screening for diseases and cancer, and other reproductive counseling to low-income women.”

To say Republicans are being sneaky is an understatement. Right-wing evangelicals like Mike Pence and Mike Huckabee have been using Christianity as a cover for decades to take reproductive rights away from women in the United States.  Title X money can’t be used for abortions but they want to cut it anyway.

Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted about this issue, making clear that Trump and the GOP are not fooling everybody:

Title X provides birth control, cancer screenings & HIV tests to over 4M Americans. It doesn’t fund abortions & never has. But today, will issue a “gag” rule that will stop Title X doctors from even talking to their patients about abortion-related services.”

Title X provides birth control, cancer screenings & HIV tests to over 4M Americans. It doesn’t fund abortions & never has. But today, @realdonaldtrump will issue a “gag” rule that will stop Title X doctors from even talking to their patients about abortion-related services. https://t.co/3LFHjd4Yli read more