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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Handmaid’s Tale? Trump Administration Curbs Access To Birth Control

Reprinted with permission from DCReport.

Trump health officials plan to rewrite guidelines for a federally funded family planning program to make it harder for low-income women to obtain birth control.

The 32-page proposed regulation mentions contraception three times aside from the footnotes and proposes removing the requirement that family planning services be medically approved, saying it could cause confusion.

“Medical doctors and professional organizations can differ on which methods of health care they approve, including different methods of family planning,” said the regulation prepared under abstinence advocate Valerie Huber, now a senior policy adviser at Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services.…

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Far Right Fabricates Ford Link To ‘Abortion Pill’

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

Far-right websites The Gateway Pundit and Natural News attempted to discredit Christine Blasey Ford by claiming her report that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her was politically motivated because of Ford’s previous work for a pharmaceutical company that manufactures a so-called “abortion pill.” In reality, the pill that the company makes is not approved for that use and cannot be prescribed for people who are pregnant.

On September 20, Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft published a blog post attacking Ford, claiming that Ford was “affiliated with Corcept Therapeutics (2006 – 2011)” and citing “her new Wikipedia page” as evidence.…

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White House Officials Fear President Is ‘Mentally Unraveling’

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

In a new interview published Tuesday by Slate, Dr. Brandi Lee, a psychiatrist who put together a book of essays on President Donald Trump’s mental health, discussed the fact that two White House officials separately called her to discuss their concerns about the president.

“[They] called me, two separate phone calls, stating essentially the same thing: that they were scared of President Trump’s behavior and felt he was mentally unraveling,” she said. “Once I was assured that they did not feel themselves in imminent danger, I told them I could not take any more information, but rather, needed to refer them to the emergency room.”

She also made clear that it wasn’t as a policy matter that they thought Trump was dangerous — though many could make that case.…

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