Most important issue of 2018: Reproductive rights or LGBT rights? | The Tylt
Most important issue of 2018: Reproductive rights or LGBT rights?
Ahead of the 2018 midterms, we want Tylters to tell us where they stand on the most important issues of our time. Whether it's healthcare, immigration, climate change or gun control, we want to know which issues are the most important to you.
Be sure to vote on our other matchups below!
The Trump administration has made no secret of its intention to roll back women's reproductive rights, and in many places, they've already exceeding. NARAL Pro-Choice America quantified the damage to women's health, as well as victories for the pro-choice movement, in an annual report:
While anti-choice legislators and organizations feel emboldened to eliminate access to abortion and contraception by any means necessary, NARAL members and the legislators who stand with us will continue to push pro-active, pro-choice policy in state houses across the country. These pro-choice laws cover a wide-range of reproductive rights, including expanding access to birth control, protecting pregnant women in the workplace, and ensuring abortion remains legal and accessible.
Since Donald Trump became president, LGBT activists argue their rights have been under siege. Despite making huge strides in the past several years, LGBT individuals say the Trump administration is trying to reverse all the progress made under Obama.
“I really see what the Trump administration is doing as being easily the most anti-LGBT administration in at least a generation,” said Ian Thompson, a legislative representative at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). “They are hard at work trying to dismantle and erase every gain LGBT people have made since 2009.”
Trump ordered the military to stop accepting transgender servicemembers, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos rolled back Obama-era provisions meant to protect LGBT kids in schools and Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed policies that protected trans individuals from workplace discrimination. Representatives must make protecting LGBT rights the priority in 2018.