Donald Trump and Mike Pence campaigned very strongly against abortion access and we are already seeing the influence of their administration with some terrible new bills. Internationally, Trump reinstated a ban for abortion and birth control funding overseas. This “global gag rule” will take away funding from organizations that provide health services to women all over the world.
Thankfully, we have seen donations to Planned Parenthood skyrocket in response and some of the wealthiest people in the world have been fighting back as well. Melinda Gates recently discussed some of the future plans of the Gates Foundation and they include funding birth control to many women all over the world:
In the decade and a half since Bill and I started our foundation, I’ve heard from women all over the world about how important contraceptives are to their ability to take charge of their futures. When women are able to plan their pregnancies around their goals for themselves and their families, they are also better able to finish their education, earn an income, and fully participate in their communities.