The Department of Health and Human Services last week threatened to withhold federal funding from California if the state does not remove its requirement that private health insurance plans include abortion coverage.
Donald Trump made history today as the first president to ever address the March for Life. And feminists from across the country talked back.
At the March for Life today, so-called “pro-life” activists will undoubtedly celebrate the strides that have been made by the Trump administration on behalf of their anti-abortion cause. But if the movement is truly driven by the value of respecting the dignity of and preserving human life, they should reconsider celebrating Trump as their champion.
What progressive Christians and conservative, but not fundamentalist, evangelicals find outrageous in Trump’s behavior actually works to his advantage with white Christian fundamentalists, because his world views align with theirs—all in support of a white patriarchal theocracy.
Aftershocks reverberated worldwide in the wake of Donald Trump’s vulgar and hate-filled comments about Haitian and African immigrants on January 11, 2018, when he reportedly used the word “shithole” to describe their countries of origin. His striking lack of compassion in that moment was startling, but no words can describe the added cruelty of maligning Haiti one day before a painful anniversary when memories of trauma and unfathomable loss inevitably resurface.
The issuing today of the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel’s opinion on the arbitrary timeline on the Equal Rights Amendment is not binding. In fact, the timeline in the preamble of the ERA itself is not binding.
Trump and his supporters have installed ideologues whose appointment and Senate approval have been rammed through on strict party lines—and because of them, justice for victims of harassment, discrimination and retaliation is on its way to being put on life support.
Until our country treats human rights—including access to safe abortion—as a fundamental obligation, our rights, and those of people around the world, remain vulnerable.
Hunger is not and has never been a meaningful incentive to find employment when employment is not there to be had. Yet the Trump Administration just announced a new rule restricting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for nearly 700,000 so-called “able-bodied adults without dependents.”
“Orwellian” is the only word to describe one of the administration’s latest assaults on asylum, which would deem the northern triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras—which all experience crisis levels of violence—to be “safe third countries” to which the U.S. could “outsource” its obligations to refugees.