Dem on photo of Trump abortion order: ‘Where are the women?’

Jan 24, 2017
In The News

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) had one question after seeing a photo of President Trump signing an executive order restricting funds for abortions around the world: “Where are the women?”

The photo of Trump surrounded by Vice President Pence and six male advisers drew ire on social media after the executive action was announced on Monday. Trump's action reinstates a rule prohibiting the use of U.S. taxpayer funds for nongovernmental organizations that provide abortion services or support abortion rights.

In a House floor speech on Tuesday, Maloney held up the photo in frustration.

Look at this picture. Where are the women?” Maloney asked. “Yesterday, the president signed an executive order affecting and restricting healthcare for millions of women across the world while no woman was present.”

“Clearly he did not hear the voices of the millions of women who marched for their rights and for their healthcare this past weekend,” she said, referring to the anti-Trump women’s marches in Washington and across the country.  

Maloney made headlines in 2012 by posing the same question at a House Oversight Committee hearing on the Obama administration’s mandate requiring employers to cover contraception in their health insurance plans. The first panel of five witnesses at that hearing were all male professors or religious leaders and didn’t include any women.

“Where are the women?” she said at the time, before walking out of the hearing with Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.).

Photos on Tuesday of Trump signing an executive action to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines notably included two female aides, Kellyanne Conway and Hope Hicks, standing behind him.

The House is slated to vote later Tuesday on legislation to permanently codify existing law banning the use of federal funds for abortion services. It's timed to coincide with the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing access to abortion and the annual March for Life on Friday to protest the ruling.