The Trump/Pence administration’s assault on sexual and reproductive health and rights has become an obsession. One that defies Congress and public opinion, rejects established judicial precedents, tramples on constitutional rights and protections, and exhibits an absolute disregard for the health and welfare of millions at home and abroad. While the administration has suffered many defeats and temporary setbacks in its quest to oppress reproductive health rights, it has also enjoyed its share of successes. These victories have restricted access to reproductive health services and information and jeopardized the reproductive health and rights of women, people of color, LBGTQ+ individuals, and the poor.
The Trump/Pence assault on sexual and reproductive health and rights has been so broad that it is difficult for even well-informed advocates to stay on top of the latest developments, let alone fully understand their implications. Reproductive health advocates, however, need to understand just how much is at stake. Effective advocacy begins with informed advocates.