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Dystopian Project 2025 is After Women's Rights

Project 2025 is a far-right manifesto backed by former elected officials, world-renowned economists and veterans from four presidential administrations that looks to promote and instill conservative and Christian values into legislation and American life. The manifesto serves as a game plan for the next elected conservative president and highlights four broad priorities launched by the Heritage Foundation. It lays out hundreds of policy recommendations for the White House offices, cabinet departments, Congress and agencies. The policies will address topics ranging from government to family life to the economy.


Their first priority, named Promise #1, is meant to “Restore the family as the centerpiece of American life and protect our children” (Roberts, 6). Promise #1 highlights the conservative party's top concerns including fatherless households. They cite that fatherless households are the main reason for poverty, crime, mental illness, teen suicide, substance abuse, church rejection and highschool dropouts in America. So how does “Project 2025” want to solve this crisis? By withdrawing the rights of women through the elimination of agencies and offices responsible for upholding civil rights. Proposed policies in the manifesto include aiming to “withdraw Medicaid funds for states that require abortion insurance or that discriminate in violation of the Weldon amendment” (Baker, 2024), audit states for compliance with the Hyde amendment, reduce abortion access and further prohibit the funding Planned Parenthood receives from Medicaid. 


The project appears to address this issue with a plan to eliminate women's rights. Women may seek out an abortion for an array of reasons including financial (40%), timing (36%) and partner issues (31%). The policies presented in Project 2025 do nothing to address these underlying issues.


Economic concerns are the most common reasons for women seeking abortion. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average cost to raise a child is about $12,980 annually (a study done in 2015, not adjusted for inflation). Not only is it expensive to raise a child but having children may also provide financial setbacks considering there are no federally regulated and protected rights to maternity leave, no affordable healthcare and hardly any cheap daycare options.


Timing is the second biggest motivating factor for women to seek an abortion. The motherhood pay gap makes it nearly impossible for a woman to get ahead in school or her career with a child because although women make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce, they are still responsible for the majority of household responsibilities and child care with women comprising 50% of the child care vs men comprising 7% of the child care.


Partner and environmental issues are the third most common reason for a woman to seek an abortion. Intimate partner violence is involved in 6% - 22% of abortions. If conservatives would like to address the issue of fatherless households it would be best to address these issues as all three of these concerns are similar for those not interested in getting married. Women are expected to handle the majority of household chores, provide the majority of child care and bring home income. On top of this, domestic violence is still very present in our society.


If the goal is to “restore the family as the centerpiece of American life” and tackle fatherless households, the manifesto should prioritize addressing barriers against motherhood. This would include providing solutions to the rising expenses of rent and daycare, adopting some form of maternity leave, highlighting and addressing domestic violence issues in society and addressing the gender pay gap. Limiting abortion will not solve the fatherless epidemic considering 85% of abortions done in the U.S. are done by single women. Concluding, the project looks to enforce misogynistic extremist views hidden under the guise of religious and conservative values but fails to address the underlying issues of fatherlessness and instead places blame solely on women.


Acknowledgment: The opinions expressed in this article are those of the individual author.


Sources: 

Baker, Carrie N. “Project 2025: The Right’s Dystopian Plan to Dismantle Civil Rights and What It Means for Women.” Justice and Law, National, Politics , Ms. Magazine, 8 Feb. 2024, msmagazine.com/2024/02/08/project-2025-conservative-right-wing-trump-woke/.

Roberts, Kevin D, et al. “Mandate for Leadership The Conservative Promise.” The Heritage Foundation, 2023.

4 Comments


Thank you for the fascinating article! I had very little knowledge about Project 2025, and you did an excellent job summarizing it. Project 2025 appears to be a highly problematic approach to a range of issues, seeming more like a step backward than forward. This just emphasizes the importance of voting and understanding what your rights.

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Fascinating article Jasmine, I had heard the term "project 2025" be tossed around in spaces but was unsure of what it detailed and your piece has definitely piqued my interest in this. I like how you focused on and really went in-depth on the reasons why women seek abortions the lack of current support for those underlying reasons and how the 2025 project also plans not to address those reasons. It focuses on the underlying problem rather than the outcome and I think that is often overlooked in debates about abortion access.

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Excellent piece Jasmine! It is great to read an op-ed on specific proposals of "Project 2025". Indeed, the project seems to have forgotten the opinion of important citizens in their research: the women who had abortions. You brilliantly represent them and nuance the arguments of the scholars. It totally puts the proposal perceived by a woman who has been aborted, an angle necessary to understand the issue.

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Hi Jasmine,


I appreciated your insights here. The name "Project 2025" has been used a lot, but not a lot of people go into depth as to what it actually is. I especially appreciate that you provide alternative solution for solving the "fatherless families" issue that the project seeks to address. Along with you, I agree that increased maternity leave, cheaper daycare and similar projects would do much more to solve this issue.

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