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People Troll Trump Over International Women's Day Tweet

| by Michael Allen

President Donald Trump tweeted a tribute to International Women's Day on Twitter on March 8.

Trump wrote: "I have tremendous respect for women and the many roles they serve that are vital to the fabric of our society and our economy," and, "On International Women's Day, join me in honoring the critical role of women here in America & around the world."

But some Twitter users mocked the president because of past degrading comments he has made about women, including his self-described "locker room" talk of grabbing women's sex organs, notes RawStory.com:

[Donald J. Trump] Was calling Megyn Kelley a "news bimbo" showing her tremendous respect?

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[Donald J. Trump] You honoring women is like Michael Vick honoring dogs.

[Donald J. Trump] How will you be honoring women today, Donald? Buying married women furniture in hopes of having sex with them perhaps?

[Donald J. Trump] Honestly, the best thing you could do for #InternationalWomensDay is to just go ahead & resign.

[Donald J. Trump] yet you and your cronies want to pass a healthcare bill that takes away all of our basic care. Go f*** yourself, sir.

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The last tweet looked to be a reference to the GOP's plan to defund Planned Parenthood as part of its proposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act, sometimes called Obamacare.

C-SPAN broadcast Republican House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin telling reporters on International Women’s Day that the GOP Obamacare repeal "ends funding to Planned Parenthood and sends that money to community health centers."

NPR notes that some health centers are already overwhelmed with patients, and some doctors refuse to prescribe birth control such as intrauterine devices and implant contraception, based on their personal religious beliefs.

Sara Rosenbaum, a health policy professor at George Washington University, told NPR that health centers are not prepared to handle the reproductive services that Planned Parenthood specializes in.

"There are all kinds of reasons why it's not just a simple substitution of X for Y," Rosenbaum said.

Rosenbaum noted that when Texas lawmakers reduced Planned Parenthood's funding in 2011, many family planning clinics closed and low-income women showed an increase in birthrate.

Eric Scheidler, executive director of the Pro-Life Action League, which opposes funding for Planned Parenthood, countered:

Whether this funding goes directly for abortion or indirectly allows them to have access to a large population of potential abortion clients, and to keep the lights on and man their call centers, and do all their political activity, they should not be receiving taxpayer dollars.

Scheidler also advocates that women use community health centers instead of Planned Parenthood.

Sources: RawStory.com, NPRC-SPAN via YouTube / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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