Dorothy Samuels

Dorothy Samuels, a former member of the New York Times Editorial Board, is a senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice.

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Trump’s Awful Behavior Drives Away Women, But So Does His Anti-Woman Platform

The Republican Party will never solve its woman problem until its leaders abandon candidates and policies that seek to rob women of their basic right to make their own child-bearing decisions.

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AP Photo/Evan Vucci Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves as he speaks during a campaign rally, Thursday, November 3, 2016, in Selma, North Carolina. A s we near the conclusion of this year’s bizarre and decidedly unpleasant presidential election, I find my thoughts turning to last month’s successful mass protest by Polish women to defeat that country’s plan to ban abortion completely, and to imprison for up to five years both women seeking the procedure and doctors who perform it. Specifically, I am struck by the resemblance between Poland’s draconian proposal to further restrict abortion—that country already permits the procedure only in extremely limited circumstances—and the radical rollback in women’s basic reproductive rights proposed by notorious misogynist and White House wannabe, Donald Trump, and his running mate/enabler Mike Pence. The two are pledging, among other things, to appoint Supreme Court justices who would consign Roe. v. Wade “to the ash heap of...