Executive Orders without Footnotes
Reflection by Mary E Latela, 1/26/2017
In keeping with commitment to writing about post-March developments and inviting readers to share on Twitter, I scanned t
he twitter pages. It followed the weekend’s stunning women’s marches: “At least 3.2 million people apparently participated in all 50 states, amounting to 1 percent of the U.S. population. In a slap at all who marched, Trump this week signed an order that will cut off access to contraception to vast numbers of women, particularly in Africa.” Nick Kristoff reminds us.
Opposing views of women in the March on Washington this past weekend cried out to be explained and addressed. Nicholas Kristoff, Pulitzer winner at the NY Times, characterized this morning’s activities: as “Trump’s War on Women Begins.” Father Dwight Longenecker, Catholic priest, wrote on patheos, “Ten Reasons Why the Women’s March will come to Nothing” ( http://www.patheos.com/blogs/standingonmyhead/ten-reasons-womens-march-will-come-nothing.)
Father Longenecker says of the March, “It is fake, a big show put on by people behind the scenes with big money. If it’s Fake, It’s a Lie, because this was a pro-abortion campaign. The crowd was made up of women, specifically liberal, pro-abortion, anti-Catholic. It’s about abortion and money. It’s about rage.” (No evidence included in the post.)
He seems to be saying that real women wouldn’t participate. “They are busy getting on with their lives, their careers, their families, their children, their life of giving their tremendous gifts, resources, intelligence, beauty and power.” What’s missing? He omits the power engendered when people unite in a common bond, when women (and men) may speak out, may walk peacefully, as all US citizens are permitted to do.
Nick Kristoff points out: “New action on women’s health will cost women’s lives around the globe. I’ve seen too many girls and women dying unnecessarily because of edicts applauded by clusters of grinning men in suits. “In poor countries, the most dangerous thing a woman can do is become pregnant. I’ve seen too many women dying or suffering in filth on stained cots in remote villages because of childbirth.”
With this new order, Trump will inadvertently cause more of these horrific scenes. Maybe “war on women” sounds hyperbolic, but not if gasping, dying women are seared in your memory
Add to this the President’s memorandum on Monday, freezing federal funding to health providers abroad who discuss abortion. [Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times] Worse, Trump expanded this “global gag rule” which bars groups from mentioning abortion — and therefore covers all kinds of health services, including efforts to tackle polio or Zika or H.I.V., even programs to help women who have been trafficked into brothels.
Later today Huffington Post published comments from John Halstead, writer and blogger, who accompanied his family from Indiana to D.C. When asked why, he said “Marching Changes the Narrative, particularly as viewed by skeptics who expect the energy and commitment to fizzle out. It’s worth checking out at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-halstead/10-things-the-womens-marc_b_14380660.html
PLEASE, KEEP CALLING, KEEP SPEAKING OUT!