[Commentary] Trump Leaves Anti-Choice Proclamation To Echo Past His Exit

As Donald Trump leaves office, he’s still misogyny-signaling to the religious right, with a final proclamation to let everyone with a uterus across America know that his administration places the ‘sanctity’ of an unborn fetus, even if unviable, over the health, safety, well-being, and medical privacy of an adult woman.

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Donald Trump and his Congressional allies had already spent the weeks before the election fast-tracking the Supreme Court nomination of one more right-wing judge, Amy Coney Barrett, for, among other things, her personal views on abortion access. The right-wing declared it a victory, with religious extremists boasting that her confirmation was a step towards eliminating abortion access in America — and the left fearing exactly the same thing.

With only two days left in his administration, Trump wasn’t going to be available on January 22, the anniversary of Roe v. Wade affirming that the right to medical privacy should minimize government control over uteruses and the occupancy thereof. This anniversary has been declared by several presidents as National Sanctity of Human Life Day, a statement directly in opposition to that ruling, as by ‘sanctity of life’ they only refer to the unborn life — not that of the unwilling host.

So, four days early, Trump issued the proclamation, directly attacking the historic ruling.

“This month, we mark nearly 50 years since the United States Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision. This constitutionally flawed ruling overturned State laws that banned abortion, and has resulted in the loss of more than 50 million innocent lives.”

The U.S. is already feeling the effects of the twice-impeached president’s SCOTUS appointments — Politico reported earlier this month on a decision that would enforce a rule affecting access to mifepristone during pandemic conditions.

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