2021 looks bright for women’s rights

By Lilliana Castellanos

Four years ago, Donald Trump was elected by the American people to be president. During his time in office, he made many decisions he believed would make the country a better place to live. He believes that America should be a place where all children should be allowed to be born, even at the expense of the rights of others.

“The Trump Administration published restrictions regarding abortion and Title X,” Kaiser Family Foundation said in an article about the new Title X Regulations. “The primary goal of these regulations is to block the availability of federal funds to family planning providers, such as Planned Parenthood, that also offer abortion services with non-Title X funds and to prohibit sites that receive Title X funds from referring pregnant patients to other providers for abortion services.”

Trump did not want to fund abortions, so he cut funding. However, this restriction hinders facilities ability to pay for other medical techniques.

According to Planned Parenthood, its medical staff performed 265,028 Breast exams in 2019 and 255,682 Pap tests. The numbers might not seem huge, but those could be 520,710 people living, or dying, from undiagnosed conditions.

Just before the 2020 election, Trump appointed Amy Coney Barret as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, who also wants to decreases the availability of abortions.

“Judge Barrett has considered three laws restricting abortions from her home state, Indiana. A law tightening the requirements for notifying the parents of minors seeking abortions,” Adam Liptak, a reporter for the New York Times, said.

Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth B. Ginsburg fought tirelessly, and forcefully, for women’s rights. Her views are on the opposite end of the spectrum than those of Ginsburg and many are fearful that she will close many doors Ginsburg worked so hard to open.

Women have fought for equality their entire lives: we have fought to vote, we have fought for equal pay. We should not have to fight to make decisions about our own body. Women have progressed throughout the years, we have faced discrimination. We do not need to face the government when it comes to matters of their own body.

In the most recent presidential campaign between Trump and Biden, Biden won. He believes that women should not face setbacks, and he wants to help them progress even more.

“Reproductive rights are a constitutional right. And, in fact, every, every woman should have the right,” a BAZAAR article said.

Biden campaigned alongside Kamala Harris, now the first female vice president of color. All 45 vice presidents before her were white men. As a woman, Kamala understands she should have control of her body.

“Women have been given the responsibility to perpetuate the human species,” Kamala said. “Our bodies were created to do that, and it does not give any other person the right to tell a woman what to do with that body. It is her body. It is her right. It is her decision.”

Men have underestimated women for far too long now when it comes to the government. 2021 will be the first year that takes a step toward getting rid of the bias on sex.