With Government Shutdown Looming, the Trump Administration Goes After Planned Parenthood

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Same at it ever was. 

  • Donald Trump became the first president to give a live address to the March for Life. [The Guardian]
  • “One thing that gets lost is how compassionate the pro-life movement is,” Trump said during his speech to March for Life. “To help women who have gone through the pain of abortion, to help single mothers, to give them resources through thousands of pregnancy centers: this is the face of the pro-life movement.” [Washington Post]
  • Meet the Democratic Congressman who addressed the March for Life. [New York Magazine]
  • The Trump administration announced that it will roll back Obama-era protections for Planned Parenthood. In 2016, the Obama administration made it harder for states to end Medicaid funding for Planned Parenthood, as well as other health organizations that also provide abortions. In a letter to states, Charmaine Yoest, Health and Human Services secretary for Public Affairs (and former head of Americans United for Life) wrote: “This is part of the Trump administration’s effort to roll back regulations the Obama administration put out to radically favor abortion.” [The Hill]
  • The House passed H.R. 4712, the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act. Sponsored by Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), the bill is “based on the myth that infants are ‘born alive’ after abortions—and that abortion providers routinely murder them.” [Rewire]
  • Watch Representative Pramila Jayapal’s (D-WA) eloquent response to H.R. 4712. [Twitter]
  • Meanwhile, it looks like the government might shut down at midnight. [New York Times]
  • A Trump appointee has resigned after his history of racist remarks came to light. [NPR]

Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:


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Pro-lifers are some of the least compassionate people there are. Women don’t get abortions in the final trimester because they don’t feel like being pregnant any more. A woman who has a late term abortion is having it because there is something wrong with the pregnancy - it’s either hazardous to her or the fetus.

If pro-lifers, or anyone on the right, gave a damn about the state of health care in this country, they’d fund the hell out of Planned Parenthood. As it stands now, large swaths of Washington DC will soon be without access to maternity care.

That’s right...

The capital of the United States of America will soon be unable to provide access to modern medicine to residents of that city who go into labor.

Enough rage. Marzipan is going to be back on a leash this weekend. The snow is gone and the ground is thawing and the last thing I want is a kitchen floor covered in mud. She is the Dulux dog. She is an actual-factual Swiffer commercial.

Not to mention the fact that she is still a giant doofus prone to slipping down a muddy hill. I love her but I don’t trust her to stay clean off leash until the ground soaks up the water.