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    Trump Administration's War on Women Continues

    WTF is wrong with these people?! They really do want to take us backward.

    If you thought the Trump administration’s war on women had peaked with their recent move to imperil birth control coverage, think again.

    A leaked memo obtained by Crooked Media gives a glimpse into the administration’s views on reproductive health, revealing a policy agenda that would gut evidence-based pregnancy prevention and family planning programs in order to fund abstinence-based education and “fertility awareness” initiatives — otherwise known as “the rhythm method,” a type of birth control that fails to prevent pregnancy for one out of every four couples who use it. Among the programs on the chopping block are Title X — the nation’s only federally funded family planning initiative — and the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) family planning budget, as well as a federal teen pregnancy prevention program and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) “Let Girls Learn” initiative.


    If enacted, the funding cuts would undo years of progress in reproductive health outcomes — including record-low rates of teen pregnancy and abortion — and threaten to reverse progress in the fight for gender equity in the United States and abroad.
    Beyond being ineffective, researchers and doctors say abstinence-only education is a “morally problematic” approach that “violates medical ethics and harms young people.” In a review of the evidence on abstinence-only programs published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, researchers summed it up like this:

    We believe that abstinence-only education programs, as defined by federal funding requirements, are morally problematic, by withholding information and promoting questionable and inaccurate opinions. Abstinence-only programs threaten fundamental rights to health, information, and life.

    Just last month, a panel of scientists published another review of abstinence-only until marriage (AOUM) programs, calling them “scientifically and ethically flawed”:

    Policies or programs offering abstinence as a single option for unmarried adolescents are scientifically and ethically flawed. AOUM programs have little demonstrated efficacy in helping adolescents to delay intercourse, while prompting health-endangering gender stereotypes and marginalizing sexual minority youth. While abstinence from sexual intercourse is theoretically fully protective against pregnancy and STIs, in actual practice, AOUM programs often fail to prevent these outcomes. AOUM programs have generated considerable political support from social conservatives, despite their lack of scientific evidence of efficacy and the fact that they withhold critical health information.
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    Thats coming from Pence. I have no doubt Trump cares less about womens health, but I would bet Pence needed some sort of agreement from Trump to go along with this stuff before he accepted his spot as VP. Its why I have mixed feelings about Trump if he were to be removed or resign. Pence would have free rein to do this and lots more since republicans have a much more favorable view of him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bajisima View Post
    Thats coming from Pence. I have no doubt Trump cares less about womens health, but I would bet Pence needed some sort of agreement from Trump to go along with this stuff before he accepted his spot as VP. Its why I have mixed feelings about Trump if he were to be removed or resign. Pence would have free rein to do this and lots more since republicans have a much more favorable view of him.
    But it's just so stupid. You can be religious and still recognize scientific facts. Why do they do this? I cannot understand the mindset.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Babba View Post
    But it's just so stupid. You can be religious and still recognize scientific facts. Why do they do this? I cannot understand the mindset.
    I guess I understood it years ago when older people were around as sex had different moral views and more people were religious. But nowadays, I dont get anyone under 60 viewing it this way. Its completely illogical.
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