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Monday, October 22, 2018

Even Birth Control Is Under Attack

Reprinted with permission from Creators.


There was a time when Republicans and Democrats generally agreed that access to birth control was a public good. Most saw preventing unwanted pregnancies as key to making abortions rare. Those days are over. The Trump administration is indulging a religious hard right, helping it merge the politics of abortion and birth control into one.

There has long been a “pro-life” faction that extends its opposition to abortion to the very use of contraceptives. This is a tiny number of people. Only 4 percent of U.S. adults think contraception is immoral, according to Pew Research Center polling.…

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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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Kellyanne: Trump Kept Anti-Abortion Promise With Kavanaugh

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.


White House counselor Kellyanne Conway confirmed what many of us feared when she said Trump kept his “promise” to the anti-choice movement by confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

On Sunday morning’s edition of “This Week,” host Jonathan Karl asked Conway if she expects the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court case that legalized abortion nationwide, now that Kavanaugh has been confirmed.

First, Conway tried to dodge the question by citing Kavanaugh’s totally meaningless assertion that Roe is “settled law.”

But as Karl pointed out, Trump has explicitly promised on more than one occasion that he would nominate a justice who would vote to overturn Roe v.

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