Monday 24 October 2016

The New Presidency: Marla Ahlgrimm Discusses Trump’s Stances on Women’s Health

Marla Ahlgrimm
The 2016 presidential election was a white knuckle affair for most of the country, says Marla Ahlgrimm. Now, the race is over and, regardless of who you were rooting for, Trump has emerged victorious. Here, Ahlgrimm answers a few questions about the president-elect’s viewpoints where women’s health is concerned.

Q: What is Donald Trump’s position on abortion?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Trump has, over the last 25 years, touted himself as both “pro-choice” and “pro-life.” In 2015, Trump made statements that he supported a 20 week ban and was against abortion with the exception of incest, rape, or when the mother’s life was at risk.

Q: Has Donald Trump issued a statement regarding sexual assault in the military?

Marla Ahlgrimm: The Trump Campaign has never made an official statement on the subject of sexual abuse, whether civilian or relating to service members. However, Trump has made controversial statements on social media essentially shaming the military for putting men and women together with little supervision. Trump has consistently made comments that military leaders must make it easier for women to report sexual assault and that offenders must be prosecuted.

Q: How does Donald Trump propose to provide paid leave for new moms?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton both agree that the United States needs to catch up with other developed nations and offer guaranteed family leave for new moms. Trump proposes a six week partial-paid leave for moms and believes that can be paid for by eliminating unemployment insurance fraud.

Q: Does Donald Trump plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Trump has been extremely vocal in his disdain for the Affordable Care Act. According to his official website, his plan is to return an open market policy to healthcare. Essentially, this means that insurance providers would be able to sell their insurance products across state lines, something the Affordable Care Act banned in 2010. He believes this will drive costs down and improve the quality of healthcare for all.


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