Despite spending much of his first 96 hours as the nation’s leader arguing about crowd size and whether or not it rained, President Donald Trump has been busy fulfilling the promises he made on the campaign trail. Shortly after taking the oath of office on Friday, he signed executive orders to begin the process to dismantle health insurance access for millions of Americans.
On Saturday, millions around the world responded to the inauguration of Mr. Trump by marching in support of abortion access and racial, economic, and gender justice. Amidst all its complexity and critique, the Women’s March was the largest inaugural protest in U.S. history. And on Monday, the day after Sunday’s 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that ensures the constitutional right to an abortion, the President sat quietly at his desk (flanked by eight White cisgender men) and reinstated the Global Gag Rule, effectively silencing much of the world from even discussing abortion as a pregnancy option.
It’s terrifying to see how quickly access to information and healthcare can be eroded––in a matter of hours.