Resist NOW: What You Need to Know – May 22, 2017
Reproductive Rights: Now You Have Them, Now You Don’t
Join us and WCLA – Choice Matters tomorrow evening (May 23rd) to discuss reproductive rights since Roe and how the Trump administration has already impacted women’s health. Speakers include Catherine Lederer-Paskett, President of WCLA – Choice Matters; Anne Davis, MD, a Consulting Medical Director at Physicians for Reproductive Health; and performance artist Donna Barkman.
What you need to know:
- Thought the global gag rule was bad? It got worse. The Trump administration extended the anti-abortion rule not just to the $600 million of family planning funding, but to $8.8 billion in global health funding. “This means that a clinic receiving U.S. assistance for HIV or Zika relief will lose all that money if it so much as gives pregnant women information about safe abortion care.”
- The proposed federal education budget cuts anti-bullying, mental-health and after-school programs serving millions of children, particularly those whose families are low-income. It also significantly reduces college aid and ends loan forgiveness programs that encourage public service.
- Watch for our women’s rights analysis on the budget: It’s expected that the White House will release their full 2018 Budget Proposal tomorrow. We’re anticipating cuts to domestic violence and other vital programs funded by the Violence Against Women Act, massive Medicaid cuts, changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, and significant funding cuts to the EPA. Congress will have the final say, but at this point it’s not looking good.
- Need a quick way to catch up on Comey, Russia, and the FBI? Get through it all with some needed laughs on Last Week Tonight.