What Donald Trump could learn from the feminist government in Sweden
by Isabella Lövin
Who has the power to make decisions over a woman’s body? Swedish aid policy is aimed at making sure the answer, everywhere, is: she does
Isabella Lövin is the deputy prime minister of Sweden
Wednesday 8 February 2017
It should be self-evident that women have the right to make decisions about their own bodies. Yet throughout history, those in power – usually men – have tried to control women’s bodies. And some modern expressions of this are still limiting access to contraceptives and making safe abortions more difficult.
President Donald Trump’s decision to ban American aid to all organisations that in any way advocate women’s right to abortions is very unfortunate. All experience shows that this kind of decision does not reduce the number of abortions; rather, it forces girls and women to revert to life-threatening procedures. Aside from the curtailment of human rights this represents, the policies of anti-abortion movements are catastrophic for those women who are at risk.
Continued at source: The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/08/donald-trump-feminist-sweden-swedish