Women’s March on Washington Protestors Say Science Is a Driving Force

Jan 23, 2017

By Dina Fine Maron

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The day after businessman and reality-TV star Donald Trump was sworn into office as the 45th president of the United States, hundreds of thousands of protestors descended on the nation’s capital allied loosely under the banner of marching for human rights. More than 200 similar marches had also been planned in cities across the country.

The Women’s March on Washington started near the Capitol and brought together a far-flung coalition of individuals and groups. Some of the protestors said they were here to stand in solidarity with efforts to protect the rights of women and their families. Others said they came to register their dismay about the Trump administration’s stance on certain scientific and medical issues—including climate change, reproductive rights and the future of research funding. Some researchers who joined the march said they were alarmed over what might happen to science in general with Trump at the helm.


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15 comments on “Women’s March on Washington Protestors Say Science Is a Driving Force

  • @OP – The day after businessman and reality-TV star Donald Trump was sworn into office as the 45th president of the United States, hundreds of thousands of protestors descended on the nation’s capital allied loosely under the banner of marching for human rights.
    More than 200 similar marches had also been planned in cities across the country.

    Unfortunately, many US voters do not realise the “REALITY TV” is an oxymoron!
    I suppose if it was honestly named “UNREALITY TV”, that could adversely affect viewing figures, but might have helped to avoid getting a hyped, superficial thinking, unreality president and cabinet!



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  • That sick ignorant asshole who talks about assaulting women and who loves beauty pageants just signed an executive order that prevents tax money going from the US to organizations where they provide much needed abortion related services, and this is one day after an enormous protest, the women’s rights march, with people protesting all over the world.

    What a disgusting piece of shit. They’re all disgusting. Paul Ryan, that little reactionary runt. And Reince Priebus (or whatever the schmuck’s name is), that little robot. These aren’t real men.



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  • Dan #2
    Jan 24, 2017 at 8:27 am

    That sick ignorant asshole who talks about assaulting women and who loves beauty pageants just signed an executive order that prevents tax money going from the US to organizations where they provide much needed abortion related services, and this is one day after an enormous protest, the women’s rights march, with people protesting all over the world.

    Meanwhile this other centre of pseudo-facts is also blocking charitable efforts to fight AIDS and provide family planning!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-38742241

    The head of the Knights of Malta has resigned following a row with the Vatican over a condom programme, the ancient Catholic order has said.
    Grand Master Matthew Festing, 67, quit after Pope Francis asked him to step down at a meeting on Tuesday.

    It followed revelations that the Knights’ charity branch had distributed thousands of condoms in Myanmar and the order’s grand chancellor was sacked.

    The Roman Catholic Church forbids the use of artificial contraception.

    “The Pope asked him to resign and he agreed,” a Knights of Malta spokesperson said, adding that the next step was a formality in which the group’s Sovereign Council would have to sign off on the unusual resignation.

    The 900-year-old order would be run by its number two, or grand commander, until a new head is elected.

    Mr Festing had refused to cooperate with a Vatican investigation into the sacking of the order’s grand chancellor, Albrecht von Boeselager, who was suspended over the condom programme on 8 December.

    Mr Boeselager said he did not know about the condom distribution programme, which was an anti-HIV and family planning initiative, and stopped it when he learned of its existence.

    The lay religious order of the Roman Catholic Church now has 13,500 members and 100,000 staff and volunteers, who provide healthcare in hospitals and clinics around the world.

    The Order of Malta enjoys many of the privileges of a nation state. It issues its own stamps, passports and licence plates – and holds diplomatic relations with 106 states, the Holy See included.

    Laughable – when it is so obviously a puppet of the Vatican!

    The group is reportedly keen to shed its aristocratic image, and to attract new talent to continue its humanitarian work.

    The order previously called the Pope’s review a legally “irrelevant” move aimed at limiting the order’s sovereignty.

    Pope Francis appointed a five-member commission to investigate the sacking in December, amid evidence that his own envoy to the group, conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke, helped engineer it without his blessing.

    The Vatican rejected what the order said was an attempt to discredit members of the commission and ordered the leaders of the institution to cooperate with the inquiry. The papal commission was due to deliver its findings to the pope at the end of the month.



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    wilke appeldorn says:

    Pathetic, nobody will revoke a woman´s right to an abortion the only thing that might change is that she will have to pay for it herself. The other thing that is rather pathetic is that you make it sound like feminists would advocate for facts and reason. They support the latter only if it fits their agenda, anyone else who uses facts and reason against this toxic ideology will be silenced. What about the right of the father to have a say in reproduction, what about the pay-gap myth. Who cares about men´s rights? What about the inequalities in the justice system, workplace fatalities, child custody,and so on. Feminist advocate fore facts and reason, what a nonsense. Maybe in terms of climate change that might be true but feminism is as toxic and dangerous an ideology as islamism. I am absolutely no fan of Donald Trumps but I am greatly happy that Clinton lost and these feminist and SJW´s, who judge people solely on their gender skin color and sexual orientation have been dealt such a blow.



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  • wilke appeldorn #4
    Jan 25, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Pathetic, nobody will revoke a woman´s right to an abortion the only thing that might change is that she will have to pay for it herself.

    Actually there are counties where abortions are generally illegal, and Trump’s plan at home and abroad – as in some southern states, is to manipulate funding so as to close medical facilities which offer abortions, so as to make them unavailable regardless of who pays.

    I am absolutely no fan of Donald Trumps but I am greatly happy that Clinton lost and these feminist and SJW´s, who judge people solely on their gender skin color and sexual orientation have been dealt such a blow.

    Putting Trump and his climate change deniers, anti-vaxers, science deniers, anti-abortionists, mad militarists, Zionist nutters, healthcare profiteers, and purveyors of fake news, in charge of the US, is a helluva a price for the US and the world to pay for keeping Clinton out of office!



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  • It seems that those who care about health, global poverty, and family planning, are taking action to counter Trump’s bigoted edicts!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38747646

    The Netherlands is to set up an international fund to support abortion services hit by President Donald Trump’s order to cut US foreign aid.

    Lilianne Ploumen, a Dutch minister, said it would set up “a well-financed fund” to allow other governments, businesses and charities to donate.

    The Netherlands would do everything in its power to help women “remain in control of their own bodies”, she said.

    President Trump ordered a ban on US aid to support abortion services overseas.

    For decades, it has been the case that no US money can be spent on overseas abortions.

    But on Monday, the president signed an executive order – known as the global gag rule – which takes that a step further, prohibiting organisations that receive US family planning assistance from using non-US funding to provide abortion services, information, counselling or referrals.

    Trump’s order on abortion policy: What does it mean?

    Mrs Ploumen, the Dutch minister for foreign trade and development co-operation, said the Dutch government was aiming to support groups that could be affected.

    She said banning abortions would not result in fewer take place, but rather it would lead to “more irresponsible practices in back rooms and more maternal deaths”.

    “The Netherlands has been very active in promoting sexual and reproductive rights for women,” she told the BBC.

    “This executive order of President Trump makes it impossible for organisations not only to deliver the service of safe abortions, but also to give sexuality education, to promote contraceptives and make sure that people have access to contraceptives, so the impact is huge on the lives of women and children.”



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  • wilke appeldorn

    Your analysis of feminism is simplistic. Feminism is a wide historic movement with several waves and plenty of disagreement within the movement. The accomplishments of feminism have been nothing short of revolutionary. These accomplishments benefit women and also men.

    nobody will revoke a woman´s right to an abortion

    This is a dangerously naive opinion to hold. Over the past decade we have seen a constant effort to undermine women’s right to and access to abortion. If you are opposed to abortion then that’s your right and you are free to choose to not have one. However, you have no right to decide how other women control their own fertility.

    Try to understand the wide goals of feminism historically and stop judging us by the actions of a few women who say and do things that you disagree with.

    Don’t you have a mother, sister, daughters and nieces that you want to live in a safe world with opportunity and independence? How do you think we got as far as we did? Our rights weren’t handed to us on a silver platter. We had to demand them. Sometimes that’s not a pretty picture.

    No matter what this administration and their reactionary hoards try to take away from us they will not succeed. We’re NOT going back to the bad old days and I speak not only for women but for every minority that is hated by the scared bigots who voted for Trump. Are you one of them?



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    fadeordraw says:

    The Women’s marches, the day after the President’s inauguration, in Washington and around the US cities and around Canadian, English, European (Australian?) cities, are remarkable and unpresented, outstanding. That the US electorate chose a boor as president, as their somewhat viable alternative, nevertheless gets a great backlash, a very global significant one, from those who know about the boorish behaviour. Mr. Trump might very well be an ideological boor re: money and women and to the exclusion of the finer arts. This great challenging of the presidential boorism needs a strong persistence particularly within the US, and always continuing worldwide.



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  • @OP – Women’s March on Washington Protestors Say Science Is a Driving Force

    While there are numerous reasons to protest the installation of a Trump presidency, I think it is wish thing in the Scientific American headline to suggest that science is A key driving force!

    There will certainly need to be protests and actions to defend science, but laying claim to protesters protesting other issues, will not help with these!

    Actions highlighting science like those on this link, show better focus!

    https://www.richarddawkins.net/2016/12/5-reasons-a-trump-administration-should-scare-the-sht-out-of-anyone-who-cares-about-the-environment/#li-comment-217773



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  • @OP – More than 200 similar marches had also been planned in cities across the country.

    Yep!
    There are going to be many more marches and protests, about a whole raft of issues in addition to science, and these are probably going to multiply as time goes on, as knee-jerk irrational decisions continue to emanate from the Whitehouse!
    First law of democracy – elect monkeys – live in the jungle!
    (Sorry about the insult monkeys!)



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  • Fadeordraw

    Trump is not a boor; he’s an autocrat and being led, presumably, by a psychopath (Bannon). These people are extremely dangerous. They want to take us back to the year zero: pre civil war, pre-new deal. Bannon is a theocratic nationalist (if I had to give that twisted, reactionary zealot, who fancies himself a deep thinker, a label); and I am sure he is a white supremacist. And they are all, at the very least, pandering to the lowest common denominator: the mass of bigots and xenophobes who have come out like weeds. The “boor” didn’t mention the words “Jew” or “Jewish” during Holocaust Memorial Day, so as not to disappoint their rabid hate-filled base. I hate these people. They are as bad as you can get. If they could get away with genocide they would do it. In a way, they are already doing that, by dismantling the EPA and by repealing the ACA. The travel ban is dehumanizing. First dehumanization, then genocide. (Again, if they could somehow wipe out the Muslims, the criminals, the illegal immigrants, and the secularists, and not lose anything politically, I’m sure some of them would be sorely tempted.) The list of horrors and corruptions is already quite long. Not a boor; a man to be feared!



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  • Who cares about men´s rights?

    May I know what rights? We live in patriarchal society if you didn’t noticed… the misogynist society. Women have right to their body. It is basic human right.



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  • Lovely protests and I support them but isn’t it more efficient to make a referendum about this rights? The government (and any government in general) will not change itself. I mean an inhumane regime is not going to change itself. Why would a psychopath change himself or even notice that he is behaving psychopatic? I don’t understand why Americans are not starting referendum about this rights.



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  • Increasing numbers of principled people who are outraged by the arrogant lying and bigotry of Trump, are standing up and protesting!

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-39088450

    Jodie Foster and Michael J Fox have led an anti-Donald Trump protest two days before the Oscars in Los Angeles.

    The United Voices rally was staged by Hollywood’s United Talent Agency instead of its usual pre-Oscars party.

    Foster, a double Oscar winner, said she rarely spoke out in public but that it was now “time to show up”.

    Back to the Future star Fox told the crowd “we are the lucky ones” and that he wanted to “share a bit of that luck” with refugees who want to enter the US.

    “I believe that when so much good has been done unto you it’s natural to feel a sense of civic or even global responsibility,” he told the Beverly Hills rally.

    “I consider myself an optimist and that can be a tall order at times for me personally, and more as I see a growing intolerance and lack of compassion and empathy in the world around us.

    “But one’s dignity may be assaulted, it may be vandalised, it may be cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it’s surrendered.”

    Michael J Fox said he believed “in the power of the arts to change the world”

    The Canadian-born star, who became a US citizen two decades ago, showed only relatively small signs of the Parkinson’s Disease he has lived with since 1991.

    He added that he believed “in the power of the arts to change not just our hearts but the world”.



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  • Meanwhile – back at the OSCARS –

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/article/39089364/america-bans-syrian-behind-oscar-nominated-film

    America has banned a 21-year-old Syrian behind an Oscar nominated documentary from entering the country.

    Khaled Khatib did most of the filming for a British movie called The White Helmets.

    It’s a 40 minute Netflix documentary about the Syrian Civil Defence, volunteers who risk their lives to rescue civilians.

    It’s widely thought to be one of Britain’s best chances for an Oscar in the short documentary category.

    Khaled Khatib is part of the The White Helmets group (because they wear white helmets) and he helped film the organisation which operates in parts of rebel controlled Syria.

    The country is in the midst of a bloody war which has killed an estimated 500,000 and a further 11 million have either fled their homes or the country.

    Khaled Khatib was supposed to be flying in to America for the 89th Academy Awards from Turkey.

    But before he got on his plane US Officials reported finding derogatory information about Khatib.

    That’s an official term that can mean anything from terror connections to passport irregularities.

    He had previously told CNN: “If we win this award, it will show people across Syria that people around the world support them. It will give courage to every volunteer who wakes up every morning to run towards bombs.

    “If I cannot enter the US, I will not give up: we know that we have many friends in US, that there are people that share our humanitarian values.

    “I look forward to meeting them all one day.”

    The Department for Homeland Security has given a comment saying: “A valid travel document is required for travel to the United States.”

    It’s not the first time President Trump’s travel ban has had an effect.

    The son of boxing legend Muhammad Ali was detained by immigration staff at a Florida airport earlier this month.

    According to his lawyer, Muhammad Ali Jnr was repeatedly asked by immigration officials: “Are you Muslim?”

    Ali Jr was born in Philadelphia, holds a US passport and has no criminal record.

    An Australian children’s book author has also suggested she might never return to the US after she was detained by border control in LA airport.

    Mem Fox, who is famous for her best-selling books including Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes and Possum Magic, was on her way to a conference when it happened a few weeks ago.

    She told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation she was questioned for two hours in front of a room full of people.

    “I have never in my life been spoken to with such insolence, treated with such disdain, with so many insults and with so much gratuitous impoliteness,” Fox said.



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