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Trump’s Latest Attack On Planned Parenthood Could Be The Start To Our Sentence As Handmaids So Pay Attention

The Trump administration just got a step closer to winning the battle in policing women’s bodies and reproductive systems in the United States. On Wednesday, August 20, it was reported that Planned Parenthood announced it would withdraw from Title X, essentially losing out on about $60 million a year in federal funding. 

Planned Parenthood’s decision wasn’t an easy one to make, and the Trump administration played a role in essentially forcing their decision. 

Planned Parenthood’s decision to withdraw from Title X and its funding came in response to a new Trump administration rule that refuses to allow Title X clinics from referring their patients for abortions.

Earlier this year in July, a rule preventing taxpayer-funded clinics from referring patients for abortions went into effect immediately on the 15th of that month. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services immediately began enforcing Trump administration’s “Protect Life Rule.” 

Now, the Trump administration’s latest attack on women’s reproductive rights will, according to CNN, likely increase abortion rates. It will lead to unwanted and unintended pregnancies due to a lack of accessible birth control, and it could even push women to seek unsafe methods and practices of abortion. 

On August 19, Planned Parenthood tweeted about the Trump administration forcing them out of the Title X program, “our nation’s program focused on family planning, of which we serve 40% of patients.” Planned Parenthood isn’t, however, throwing in the towel or backing down without a fight. 

Being forced out of Title X won’t stop us from referring for or performing abortions, prescribing birth control, or any of our other services,” Planned Parenthood shared in a tweet. 

“Our doors are open and we are fighting against the gag rule.”

Despite this, Planned Parenthood is still working on making sure that patients who benefit from their services can still maintain access to the healthcare benefits they need. But you can help, too, and continue to fight for women’s reproductive rights and for women to have full control of our bodies. 

Here’s what you should know about the Trump administration’s latest attack on our bodies and what it means for women. 

First things first: what is Title X? 

Title X is a federal family planning program that helps women, particularly those that are low-income, have access to birth control and a number of other reproductive health services since its inception nearly 50 years ago. According to USA Today, about 4 million patients nationwide benefit under Title X “which distributes $260 million a year in family planning grants to clinics.” The program is also responsible for filling the gaps in health care access including cancer screenings, STD testing, annual exams for low-income communities who can’t afford it or don’t have health insurance. Contrary to what the Trump administration might lead you to believe, though. Title X does not fund abortion care. 

Now, who will this new Title X rule really affect? 

For nearly a century, Planned Parenthood has been one of the nation’s leading providers of affordable health care for women, men, and young people. One in five women in the U.S. has visited a Planned Parenthood health center and their health centers have helped an estimated 515,000 women prevent unintended pregnancies and 216,000 abortions every year. It’s no doubt that the resources Planned Parenthood is able to provide are imperative to a woman’s choice to her body and her wellbeing. 

But this latest rule will threaten that. However, Planned Parenthood’s latest decision to no longer receive Title X funding doesn’t mean that clinics are closing. This just means that Planned Parenthood means business and is not willing to comply with the Trump administration’s dangerous policing of women’s bodies. Ultimately, Planned Parenthood’s McGill Johnson emphasized in a news conference that they hope their withdrawal will push Congress to block the gag rule. 

According to USA Today, the new Title X includes a ban on abortion referrals by clinics that are taxpayer-funded, financial separation from facilities that provide abortions, and designating abortion counseling as optional instead of the standard practice. 

Now, low-income women will be the ones to feel the effects of this latest rule.

 This community relies on Title X the most and according to Cosmopolitan’s breakdown of how it will affect low-income women, they’ll have to look for less accessible ways to undergo routine care like obtaining birth control, STI testing, and annual exams. Because even though Planned Parenthood is keeping its doors open and still operating, it might become even harder for them to provide these services for free anymore to patients who can’t afford them. For example, in states like Utah and Minnesota, Planned Parenthood is the only Title X provider so women in these states will have even fewer options. 

“It will simply be impossible for other health centers to fill the gap,” said Planned Parenthood’s McGill Johnson to Cosmopolitan magazine. “Wait times for appointments will skyrocket, and people will delay or go without care.” 

This isn’t the end of this fight. This is how other states and organizations are helping and how YOU can help, too. 

Planned Parenthood already sued the Trump administration in March in an effort to block this rule and the American Medical Association also was a plaintiff in the lawsuit. However, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals still allowed the rule to take effect and prohibit clinics from providing abortion referrals to Title X patients. 

Maine Family Planning and more than 20 other states have also joined Planned Parenthood in challenging this new rule. Further, governors in states including Hawaii, Illinois, New York, Oregon, and Washington have all said they will withdraw from Title X if this new gag rule is implemented. 

It’s important that we don’t let the Trump administration deter us from continuing the fight against our basic human rights, specifically the rights of women’s bodies. So while you brush up on your knowledge about Title X and what it means for women, you should also share that knowledge with others and motivate them to give back as well. 

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AOC Is Going To Be Speaking At The Democratic National Convention

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AOC Is Going To Be Speaking At The Democratic National Convention

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The Democratic National Convention is coming up and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been given one of the prime time speaking slots. AOC represents an electorate within the Democratic Party that is desperate for real change and progressive values.

AOC is going to be speaking at the Democratic National Convention and people are pumped.

The Democratic National Convention is happening from August 17 to 20 and the list of speakers is out. AOC, the outspoken congresswoman, is one of the speakers in a prime time spot. The full line up is a wide-ranging swath of politicians including Republican John Kasich.

Speakers will cover both sides of the aisle.

Monday: Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (a Republican who ran against Donald Trump in the 2016 GOP primary) and former first lady Michelle Obama

Tuesday: Former acting Attorney General Sally Yates, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, former President Bill Clinton and Jill Biden, the candidate’s spouse.

Wednesday: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former President Barack Obama and the yet-unnamed vice presidential nominee.

Thursday: New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, California Sen. Kamala Harris, the Biden family and the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Sen. Harris was recently announced as the vice-presidential nominee. This would mean that someone else would replace her on Thursday night. Rumors are circulating that it could be either Susan Rice or Stacey Abrams.

The DNC is receiving praise for offering up the slate of speakers.

The DNC is a virtual event this year because of Covid-19. If you want to watch the convention from August 17-20, you can watch it here. You can also check out the full schedule here so you know what you want to see.

READ: Joe Biden Calls Kamala Harris A ‘Fearless Fighter’ After Tapping Her To Be His Running Mate

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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Joe Biden Speaks Alongside ‘Fearless Fighter’ Kamala Harris In First Appearance And Recalls Her Family’s Immigrant Story

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After weeks of speculation and anticipation, presidential candidate Joe Biden announced on Tuesday that he has officially picked his running mate.

In a history-making announcement, Biden revealed that he had tapped California Sen. Kamala Harris to be his VP Pick.

“I have the great honor to announce that I’ve picked @KamalaHarris — a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants — as my running mate,” Biden announced in a tweet.

On Wednesday, Biden held his first campaign event alongside running mate Kamala Harris in Delaware.

During their speeches, the two candidates wore masks and kept their distance in keeping with COVID-19 standards.

Speaking about his VP pick, Biden described Harris as coming from an “America’s story.” Biden described Harris as “a child of immigrants” who “knows personally how immigrant families enrich our country as well as the challenges of what it means to grow up Black and Indian-American in the United States of America,” he explained. “And this morning, all across the nation, little girls woke up, especially little Black and brown girls that feel overlooked and undervalued in their communities, but today — today just maybe they’re seeing themselves for the first time in a new way as president and vice presidents.”

In a speech of her own, Harris emphasized the importance of family and urged citizens to vote.  “We need a mandate that proves that the past few years do not represent who we are or who we aspire to be,” she said. “Joe likes to say that character is on the ballot. And it’s true,” she explained. “I’ve had a lot of titles over my career and certainly vice president will be great. But ‘Momala’ will always be the one that means the most.”

Harris’s nomination makes her the first Black and first Indian-American woman on either major party’s presidential ticket.

Harris is a former prosecutor from California who challenged Biden in her own presidential bid last year. Her nomination makes her the fourth woman to appear on a major presidential ballot. Before her, Geraldine Ferraro ran as a Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1984. In 2008, Republican Sarah Palin ran as a vice presidential nominee, later in 2016, Hillary Clinton became the Democratic presidential nominee.

Biden’s choice was one that has long been in the works. In March of this year, he revealed that he would make a point to have a woman as his running mate and in July he announced that he had narrowed his picks down to four Black women.

Kamala Harris was elected to Congress in 2016.

This has been Harris’ first term as a senator. Before, she served as the California attorney general. During her time as AG, Harris formed a lasting friendship with Biden’s late son Beau who was attorney general at the time in Delaware. Writing about Beau’s death, in her memoir The Truths We Hold, Harris recalled that “there were periods when I was taking the heat when Beau and I talked every day, sometimes multiple times a day,” she wrote in her memoir. “We had each other’s backs.”

Biden’s son Beau died in 2015 from brain cancer. Harris attended his funeral.

During his announcement, Biden mentioned Harris’ friendship with his son.

“I watched as they took on the big banks, lifted up working people, and protected women and kids from abuse,” Biden tweeted. “I was proud then, and I’m proud now to have her as my partner in this campaign.”

So far, it seems there are quite a bit of Harris x Biden supporters.

Fans were quick to give their support and applaud her candidacy.

In a tweet acknowledging her nomination, Harris wrote “@JoeBiden can unify the American people because he’s spent his life fighting for us. And as president, he’ll build an America that lives up to our ideals. I’m honored to join him as our party’s nominee for Vice President, and do what it takes to make him our Commander-in-Chief.”

Here’s to 2020 y’all. Get ready to make history.

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