Trump’s New Domestic Gag Order Escalates War On Women

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The Trump/Pence regime has announced a new Domestic Gag Rule that will force healthcare providers that rely on Title X government funds into a lethal and immoral choice. Either these healthcare providers must join a theocratic conspiracy to deny women any information about abortion (even where they might find one at an outside provider), or these healthcare providers will be denied crucial federal funding and forced to deny these same women essential healthcare like breast cancer screenings, contraception care, and screenings for sexually transmitted infections. This law is aimed at all healthcare providers that serve women, including Planned Parenthood.

For anyone who told themselves that Trump didn’t really mean it when he promised during the campaign to put an end to abortion, this should be a serious wake-up call.

While Trump has a history of at least claiming to support abortion rights and Planned Parenthood, he has never truly been motivated by any genuine respect for women’s humanity and reproductive freedom. For this reason, he had no problem forging a strategic alliance during his campaign with a powerful movement of extreme and politically determined Christian fundamentalist fascists who are hellbent on criminalizing all abortion. This alliance is concentrated in Mike Pence and Trump couldn’t have won the presidency without it. It is also true that since day-one of his presidency, Trump (and Pence) have been steadily delivering what they promised to Christian fascists – from placing Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court along with a record number of other federal judges, to stripping away rights recently won by members of the LGBTQ community, to drastically curtailing women’s access to abortion, and even to birth control.

Forced Motherhood is Female Enslavement

Having a child—if a person wants a child and is in a position to care for one—can be a beautiful thing. But being forced to have a child against ones will is a form of female enslavement. It forecloses women’s dreams, drives women into poverty, and traps many into abusive relationships. This all-around subjugation of women is exactly what the Christian fascists who make up a driving force in the Trump/Pence regime want. Already, millions of women—especially Black, immigrant, poor and/or young women—do not have meaningful access to abortion and, increasingly, to birth control. Currently, seven states have only one abortion clinic. Further, anti-abortion fanatics have carried out hundreds of acts of extreme violence—including murder, kidnappings, arson, clinic bombings, and more. This new law will now affect approximately 4,000 clinics, serving about four million women.

Reagan was the first to implement this Gag Order that Trump is now making law. But while every Republican administration has imposed this Gag Order internationally (and every Democratic administration has temporarily lifted it), the Republicans never felt they could fully implement it domestically (in the US), so they never really tried. With Trump/Pence in power, their calculation has changed. Now, they are going in for the kill. This regime is deadly serious about criminalizing all abortions for all women in all circumstances—denying women’s humanity and reducing them to incubators.

The Democratic Party’s Collaborationist “Resistance”

The problem we face is not merely with the fascists of the Trump/Pence regime. The additional problem is that all-too-many who hate what this regime is imposing on women are relying on the Democrats to stop it.

But, what did the Democratic Party—the so-called #Resistance—do in response to this vicious assault on half of humanity? They issued two mealy mouthed letters that accept the misogynist prejudices that underlie these policies. Rather than declaring that women are full human beings who must have the right to decide for themselves when and whether to bear children, the Democrats point out that “every dollar invested in Title X saves more than seven dollars in Medicaid-related costs.”(Title X is a federal program targeted by the Domestic Gag Rule that provides birth control and reproductive care for four million people.) Rather than criticize the outrageous fact that government funds were already being denied for abortion and that this has caused the deaths of poor women, they note that “Title X program has never funded abortion services” to suggest that cutting these funds won’t reduce abortions anyhow.

And who did the Democrats address these collaborationist letters to? They wrote to Alex Azar, Trump’s appointee to head Health and Human Services. Appealing to Azar—who has defended the “right” of insurers to deny birth control coverage and pledged to protect the “unborn”—for redress in this matter is like appealing to the notorious racist and segregationist Bull Connor for help against the Klan!

Only the People Can Stop this Nightmare

This latest escalation of the all-out war on women by Trump/Pence is part of a larger fascist agenda that includes the ethnic cleansing of immigrants from so-called “Shithole” countries (i.e.: those that are overwhelmingly made up of Black and Brown people), the banning of Muslims, the destruction of science, new threats of war, the ripping up of the rule of law, and the acceleration of environmental destruction.

The Democrats won’t stand up against this because they are more wed to maintaining order for their capitalist-imperialist system – even if it is the order of fascism – than risking the monumental upheaval it will take to dislodge this fascist regime and reverse its direction.

But, because of the threat this regime poses to humanity, it must be stopped. It is long past time to cast off the illusion that “fascism couldn’t happen here” and the self-delusion that the Democratic Party or the normal workings of official politics will solve this problem for us. As has repeatedly insisted, it is time for all of us – coming from a great diversity of political perspectives – to get out of our comfort zones and prepare for struggle. The millions whose lives are being destroyed by this regime, the millions more whose futures are being threatened, and the many more millions who refuse to sit by must take it upon ourselves to stop this nightmare.

About the Author: Sunsara Taylor is an advocate for the New Communism developed by Bob Avakian, a writer for Revolution Newspaper (, and a co-initiator of

4 thoughts on “Trump’s New Domestic Gag Order Escalates War On Women

  1. “Christian fascists” – You need to read about fascism. Believing abortion is the taking of human life does not make you a fascist any more than believing that a woman should have a right to choose whether to terminate a pregnancy makes someone a fascist. Fascists, like Mussolini, actually killed people who would not submit to the power of the state. You have gotten those motivated by hate towards people of faith to agree with you (which they already did). You have lost many others, who are driven by feminist principles, through your outpouring of rage toward Christians.

    • But forcing your religiois beliefs down others’ throats in the name of the Law is a fascist (State) theocratic dictatorship!!
      It is a total disregard of others’ beliefs on an equal basis, thus unConstitutional. But that won’t stop the GOP (Greedy Old Plutocrats) Congress & administration from doing it!!

      • To both above. Check your facts. Both of you are basing your anger and judgments off hoaxes and fake news LIES to cause FEAR(False Evidence Appearing Real). No Christians want to be fascists, except a super small amount of often non Christian impostors. Just like a theocratic dictatorship isn’t what you have been told. Christians, or other believers who are honest don’t believe in dictatorships. Talk about extreme brainwashing propaganda controlling minds on both sides of this controlled fraudulent coin. None in the majority want to take women’s rights, Christian’s rights, or babies rights. Only serial killers, law and rights violators want to do those things. Learn to determine the difference, as most don’t fit into those categories. Women’s, Christians, or babies rights cannot be violated, if you keep calm, smile, take some time to think, remove yourself from any law, or rights violating situations, tell other decent people the truth and stop injustices against all of the above. Remember media is horrible criminal Deceivers paid for propaganda to cause fear to control minds/lives. Don’t believe it, based your life on it, do dirty work based on it, or allow others to do dirty work based on it as peacefully as possible. Most decent people will stand by you and many are decent. At least for now. Best of luck and see what the Deceivers are trying to hide here.
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        • Having been subjected in Real Life to a marriage run under fundamentistic Christian practices, I DO KNOW WHAT they are trying to do to all in this country. It came on gradually, but after several years, I legally escaped. My children,by orders of an admittedly biased judge, had to reach adulthood before being able to leave, despite legal precedents against holding them…
          Unenforced legal protections are NO PTOTECTIONS against these theocratic dictators.