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Trump Administration Suddenly Pulls Plug on Teen Pregnancy Programs

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, pictured at a conservative summit in 2010, has been vehemently opposed to federal programs involving contraception. (Gage Skidmore / Flickr)(CC-BY-SA)

 

“It’s kind of like building half a skyscraper and then saying, ‘Never mind,’ ” Hettema said. “And there are thousands of health care providers in this country who are winging it in terms of how to talk to teens about unintended pregnancies.”

Jane Kay, Reveal News / Truthdig 

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Jul 16, 2017 | The Trump administration has quietly axed $213.6 million in teen pregnancy prevention programs and research at more than 80 institutions around the country, including Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Johns Hopkins University.

The decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will end five-year grants awarded by the Obama administration that were designed to find scientifically valid ways to help teenagers make healthy decisions that avoid unwanted pregnancies.

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Catholic Women and Holy Orders: The Time Is Now

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  • Women have been excluded from the sacrament of Holy Orders based upon Church teachings that do not stand up under scrutiny. These teachings build upon erroneous assumptions and rationales that are not in accord with historical facts, sound reasoning, and good theology.
  • Now is the time for our entire Church – laity, clergy, and hierarchy – to recognize and correct these errors.
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Council of the Baptized 

 

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February, 2017 | 

“The joy and hope, the grief and anguish of the [people] of our time ... are the joy and hope, the grief and anguish of the followers of Christ as well.”

These opening words from the Vatican II document Gaudium et Spes declare that the Church stands in solidarity with all people. For Catholic women, however, this declaration has not materialized into practice within our Church. For many Catholic women, grief remains unacknowledged. Though qualified by Baptism and called by the Holy Spirit, women cannot receive the sacrament of Holy Orders and serve the Church as deacons, priests, or bishops. The Council of the Baptized urges priests, bishops, and lay people to champion the full inclusion of women at all levels of the Church.

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We have only to look at how Trump conflated Christianity with white nationalism and threw in a pinch of opposition to reproductive freedom to see how far someone who is skilled at manipulating religion can get.

 



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After a “Fascinating, Terrifying” 100 Days, Reproductive Rights Activists Are Planning Next Moves

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It’s important for people to stay informed and to keep calling their members of Congress. Starting conversations to raise awareness of the issues is also imperative.

Alice Pettway, the Progressive

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May 12, 2017 | rump’s first 100 days are over, and it’s been a “fascinating, terrifying” ride, said Amy Friedrich-Karnik, senior federal policy advisor for the Center for Reproductive Rights. Speaking in a webinar Thursday, she urged advocates to stay strong.

“There’s been a tremendous response to this administration,” observed Friedrich-Karnik, “people are engaged at levels we haven’t seen before.”

Alice Pettway is a poet and writer whose work has appeared in over 30 print and online journals. Currently, she teaches creative writing in Bogotá, Colombia.

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What It Really Means To ‘Defund’ Planned Parenthood

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  • It’s just taking away people’s options.
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The government does not cut a blank check to Planned Parenthood. The family planning provider is listed nowhere in the federal budget, and a law already prevents taxpayer dollars from being used to pay for abortions. Planned Parenthood is only reimbursed for the non-abortion health care services it provides to low-income women, including birth control, Pap smears, breast exams and STI tests, through Medicaid and the Title X family planning program.

Laura Bassett Senior Politics Reporter, the Huffington Post 

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The Real Reason Republicans Keep Pushing Transgender Bathroom Bans, Matt Baume, Huffington Post 

GOP politicians are  devoting a lot of thought to seats ― but not toilet seats, legislative seats. These discriminatory bills don’t protect citizens, they protect politicians. Here’s how.

 

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