It’s always been more than clear that only some lives matter to Republicans. White lives, male lives, and wealthy lives take a much larger priority while everyone else continues to be dehumanized and/or ignored.
On Thursday, as Donald Trump announced an executive order to destroy the gains made by the Affordable Care Act when he couldn’t get Congress or the American people behind his agenda, his Department of Health and Human Services made an equally threatening declaration. In their strategic plan, their goals are laid out.
‘HHS accomplishes its mission through programs and initiatives that cover a wide spectrum of activities, serving and protecting Americans at every stage of life, beginning at conception.’
In layman’s terms, this means that the Department of Health and Human Services, under President Trump and majority GOP leadership, is defining life as beginning at conception. What does this mean for women?
It means that women will no longer have the right to control their own bodies and their own reproductive health choices. It means that the majority of men in Congress and the Trump administration should have the right to decide when, where, and how a woman should be forced to carry a pregnancy.
It is an extreme rollback of reproductive health rights that may allow for an unprecedented gutting of women’s constitutional rights. This is, more than ever, a war on women.