In the Oval Office, President Donald Trump sits at an immaculately polished wooden desk, surrounded by a handful of approving men.
With their clasped hands and smug smiles, they watch on as he picks up the pen – engraved, no doubt – and beautifully signs away the agency of millions of disadvantaged women and girls across the world.
With Trump’s signature sitting pretty on an anti-abortion executive order, international not-for-profit organisations that provide family planning services will no longer have access to the US$600 million yearly assistance they did under the Obama administration.
The result? 27 million women around the world – many of them impoverished, or living in war-torn countries – will be gravely affected.
Not a single cent of the $600 million yearly donations received between 2009 and 2016 was ever spent on performing abortions. It was entirely spent on the provision of reproductive health programs, family planning advice, contraceptive services, and supplies.
And now, it’s gone.