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

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

A group of men standing around a desk: it is not the typical image that goes viral online.

The photograph in question was taken on US President Donald Trump's first day in the Oval Office on Monday, when he signed a ban on federal money going to international groups that perform or provide information on abortions.

"Men making decisions about women's bodies" was a much-repeated phrase on Twitter, as it was shared hundreds of thousands of times, including by author JK Rowling.

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

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

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

The concern over lack of women at the table comes as Mr Trump's cabinet attracts attention for the high proportion of white, male nominations.

And while some people welcomed the move on abortion, others on social media expressed alarm and confusion over what its impact could be.


Viral images and headlines do not always tell the whole story. So here is an at-a-glance look at what President Trump's executive order means.

But, after strong criticism, he released a statement saying that only the doctor or practitioner should be punished, not the woman.

In an interview with CBS News, Mr Trump said: "The laws are set. And I think we have to leave it that way."

He refused to say whether he believed abortion was murder, but he later conceded that he could not disagree with the statement.



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