This week, in one of his significant announcements, President Trump reinstated the Global Gag rule: prohibiting international groups that accept US health funding from using any of their money to provide or even talk to women about abortion. The president released this photo of himself signing the documentary order, surrounded by seven men that has been widely criticised by the media and on social media.
As long as you live you’ll never see a photograph of 7 women signing legislation about what men can do with their reproductive organs pic.twitter.com/dXjfVjnRiX
— Martin Belam (@MartinBelam) January 23, 2017
In response, a young 20 year old woman, part of a French group called 52 has created a meme that has gone truly viral to her great surprise. Molly-Mae tweeted a picture mocking President Trumps’ abortion bill signing calling for a male ejaculation ban, and showed a doctored picture mocking Trump’s announcement of what it would be like if Hilary Clinton signed a contrasting type of bill, surrounded by a pool of women.
‘It is now illegal to ejaculate, unless it’s for reproduction’ pic.twitter.com/cqhuPFw0PM
— molly-mae (@xnicorn) January 26, 2017
The meme has achieved more than 34,000 shares at the time of writing, attracted thousands of comments and is really being talked about. What do you think?
The reinstated abortion rule imposes an obligation on foreign organisations that receive US money to refrain from talking to women about abortion. President Trump’s decision to reinstate the rule comes one day after the 44th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the US Supreme Court decision that legalised abortion.
Conservatives welcomed the move, while some Democrats and many public health experts have denounced it, with loud and challenging feedback.
“It’s a pure political giveaway at the expense of some of the world’s most vulnerable women,” said Aram Schvey, senior policy counsel and manager of special projects at the Center for Reproductive Rights to Buzzfeed.