The bill, known as the “Mexico City” order, prohibits US agencies from funding organizations that perform abortions or provide advice on contraception.
The president is surrounded by suited, white men, while the order is signed, and for those opposed to the bill, absurdly highlights the injustice of the bill.
The newly-elected leader of the one of the most powerful nations in the world, is surrounded by his deputy, Mike Pence, on his right; current White House Chief of Staff, Reince Prebus, to his left; director of the National Trade Council Peter Navarro; senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner; senior presidential adviser Stephen Miller; an unnamed White House staffer and chief strategist and senior counselor Steve Bannon.
Pence and Preibus have publicly spoken out on their opposition to abortion, while Miller has not publicly voiced his opposition. His public stance has been a firm belief in “family values”. Bannon too, has not publicly spoken against abortion, but a far-right website he used to run described itself as the “the voice of the anti-abortion movement, the voice of the traditional marriage movement.” Bannon has also faced allegations of misogyny, sexual harassment and antisemitism. Navarro and Kushner have not made their views on abortion public.
It is rather ironic that all the people who witnessed the signing of the bill, were all those who would never experience the consequences of deprived access to these services.