President of the United StatesElected to Office: 11-8-2016
Who is Donald Trump?
President Donald Trump has a long history of disrespecting women, immigrants, people of color, people with low incomes, LGBTQ people, and more. President Trump holds the most powerful office in the country, and he’s filled his administration with officials who want to restrict health care access, reproductive rights, and our freedoms.
“Under my administration, we will always defend the very first right in the Declaration of Independence, and that is the right to life.”
Here is what Donald Trump controls
The White House (Executive Branch of the Federal Government)
The president of the United States leads the government’s executive branch, which enforces laws and appoints agency leaders. In addition to the president, the executive branch includes the vice president, cabinet, and White House staff.
Background on Donald Trump
Donald Trump and his administration issued a "gag rule" that bans doctors in Title X — our nation's only program focused on affordable birth control and reproductive health care — from telling women how they can safely and legally access abortion. Trump's gag rule would make it impossible for patients in Title X to get birth control at Planned Parenthood health centers.I Stand With Planned Parenthood
While in office, Donald Trump has brought a large cohort of anti-reproductive health and anti-sexual health administrative officials into his administration.The Nation
Donald Trump is the first U.S. president to release a budget that singled out Planned Parenthood for "defunding." It is just one of many ways the Trump-Pence administration has tried to block patients who use public health programs from accessing preventive care at Planned Parenthood health centers. No, Trump did not "defund" Planned Parenthood — health center doors are still open. But he's still trying.Broadly
Trump signed an executive order encouraging health care providers to deny patients basic health care based on their personal beliefs.New York Times
Before he was elected, Donald Trump said he would elect “pro-life” judges to the Supreme Court who would overturn Roe v. Wade — the case that recognized the right to access safe, legal abortion. No surprise: Trump’s Supreme Court appointees, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, have long records of opposing abortion. Trump also has packed the federal courts across the country with judges who have track records of restricting reproductive rights.Tracking Trump: Federal Judges
Trump's view of and policy on immigration is stark. The Trump-Pence administration has taken many moves to control immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border, including detaining pregnant immigrants; issuing an executive order that separated immigrant families; trying to let the government jail immigrant children indefinitely (with or without their parents); and working to deny asylum for immigrants fleeing persecution, discrimination, and violence. Trump's opposition to abortion also played out in the immigration arena when the Office of Refugee Resettlement tried to block young immigrant women from their constitutional right to safe, legal abortion. For Donald Trump, the immigration plan seems to be using inhumane tactics to pander to certain voters among his base. That's despite the fact that a majority of Americans think immigrants strengthen America and support allowing undocumented immigrants a chance to become citizens.Immigration Forum
On the 47th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, HHS decided to let Texas receive federal Medicaid funding for a state program that bars patients in the program from accessing preventive care at Planned Parenthood and other health centers that also provide abortion. This move upends longstanding federal law. In the past, the federal government has refused to fund state Medicaid programs that aim to take away the right of Medicaid users to choose whatever qualified reproductive health care provider they want.Planned Parenthood Blog
As one of his first acts in office, Trump reinstated and strengthened the global gag rule, which restricts information about abortion abroad.Planned Parenthood Action: Global Gag Rule
Donald Trump is the first sitting president in U.S. history to directly address the annual March for Life anti-abortion rally.NBC News
While on the campaign trail, Trump said abortion should be outlawed and women who have abortions should be punished. It’s clear: The total and near-total bans passed by politicians in some states reflect Trump’s view on abortion.People Magazine
Under Trump, the administration is restricting sexual and reproductive health care through the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Strategic Plan — which sets federal health policy goals through 2022, and now defines life as beginning at conception. The Trump health care plan set forth in the HHS strategy document also focuses on protecting the ability of employers and health care providers to deny patients health care services based on their personal beliefs.Tracking Trump: The Health Agenda
The Trump-Pence administration is planning to let states cap Medicaid spending. Under this “block grant” system, the federal government would give states a fixed amount of funding for Medicaid, instead of picking up the slack when states go over budget on Medicaid costs (such as when there’s a natural disaster). The likely results of block grants: states limiting Medicaid by enrolling fewer people, or offering fewer services, or paying health care providers less (which, in turn, would stop some providers from taking Medicaid patients).CBPP