The Trump administration’s Health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar, is taking a decade of declining teen pregnancy rates and placing them – and teenagers – at risk by shifting up to $61 million into funding abstinence-only programs.
Under the Obama administration’s comprehensive (read: honest and realistic) sex-ed programs the teenage pregnancy rate dropped to an all-time low, according to CNN.
Abstinence-only programs – which the Trump administration now calls “sexual risk avoidance” – just plain “don’t work,” according to The Washington Post. Despite that, Congress last year increased funding for these medieval monsters to $90 million. At the same time, HHS announced it would “end funding for the Office of Adolescent Health’s evidence-based Teen Pregnancy Prevention program next year,” The Post notes.
And now, as The Hill reports, the Trump “administration will shift federal funding aimed at reducing teen pregnancy rates to programs that teach abstinence.”
The “grants will be geared toward organizations that teach abstinence education to teens instead of the comprehensive sex ed approach the previous administration supported.”
This is just the latest in a long list of ideological moves the Trump administration, Azar, and his HHS have taken that literally defy logic and science in favor of religious morality.
In March, NBC News reported: “The Trump administration’s cancellation of a federal program to prevent teen pregnancy was directed by political appointees over the objections of experts in the Dept. of Health and Human Services.”
And in July of 2017 the Trump administration tried to gut funding from 81 institutions working “with teenagers across the country to prevent unwanted pregnancies.”
On Thursday a federal judge ruled “that the Trump administration’s cuts to the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program were unlawful.”
The Secretary of Health and Human Service is Alex Azar (photo), a former drug company president. In January Politico profiled “The religious activists on the rise inside Trump’s health department.”
Image via Wikimedia
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Old-School Republican on GOP: ‘A Complete Break from Reality’ Concerning Pelosi
Kurt Bardella, a former press secretary for Republican Olympia Snowe, told MSNBC on Friday that when it came to Nancy Pelosi, the Republican Party had had “a complete break from reality.”
“The GOP talking point this morning is that Nancy Pelosi is peacocking for her colleagues, blocking negotiations to look strong, shore up support for her speakership,” said Ayman Mohyeldin, noting that Republicans have historically strongly disliked the incoming House Speaker. “Is that a smart strategic move to say that the left, or the Democrats have a left wing within their party that is making Nancy Pelosi take this hardened position?”
.@realDonaldTrump has the Senate, the White House, and the House (for the moment) under Republican control. He has the power to keep government open – but instead, he says he’s going to shut down the government. #TrumpShutdown pic.twitter.com/Pdbo4rH0sG
— Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosi) December 11, 2018
“They can try to say that, but it’s a complete break from what’s actually happening in reality, and I just don’t think anybody’s going to buy that anyway,” replied Bardella. “Nancy Pelosi’s position since the election has been strong. There is not a real severe legitimate challenger to her speakership.”
He added that the Republicans were deluding themselves about her position on the budget as well.
“The reality is that something that the Republicans can not escape from: they had a deal. The Senate passed it unanimously,” he pointed out. “This is all on the House Republicans.” He slammed Speaker Paul Ryan by name for refusing to bring the Senate bill to the floor, and said the party’s refusal to work with Pelosi put the president in an even more precarious position.
“When the Democrats take back the majority in six days, they’re going to put up a bill, they’re going to pass it, and once again Donald Trump is going to be in a position wheres he’s going have to veto a bill that could end the shutdown. He’ll own it twice,” Bardella said, scoffing at his own party. “It’s not going to work. the American people are not going to buy that it is some how all Nancy Pelosi’s fight, because the reality is this started before she was speaker.
Exposed: New GOP Nominee Ron DeSantis Manages Hate-Filled Facebook Group That Promotes Racism: Report
Florida GOP gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis is an administrator of a Facebook group that promotes racist and “deep state” conspiracy theories.
American Ledger — a corruption watchdog news site — reported Wednesday that DeSantis is one of 52 administrators and moderators for the “Tea Party” Facebook group that is also co-run by failed Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward.
The GOP candidate’s participation in the large administrator pool was first revealed on Tuesday by Media Matters extremism researcher Natalie Martinez, who posted screenshots of a string of DeSantis campaign posts in the group. She later learned that another administrator named the candidate as one of the group’s admins.
Another admin/moderator for the racist, conspiracy Facebook group has also been promoting Ron DeSantis’ campaign, and specifically named DeSantis as an admin, and said the Central Florida Post writer Taylor Foland was specifically brought on to promote DeSantis. pic.twitter.com/tXcqDmDrAX
— Natalie Martinez (@natijomartinez) August 28, 2018
The “Tea Party” group has nearly 95,000 members, the Ledger reported. In the past, group members have posted about the “ghetto scum” that is Black Lives Matter and made fun of the Parkland massacre survivors.
“One member believed the violent far-right rally of neo-Nazis and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., in August 2017 was a hoax,” the report noted, “writing in a post liked by 1,600 users that the rally was ‘orchestrated by the left’ to ‘destroy America.’”
Ward and her husband Michael were revealed to be administrators of the group in early July by Media Matters. Michael Ward was known to share posts from the candidate’s (verified) Facebook page and once called John McCain a “strong supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
After winning the GOP gubernatorial primary a day prior, DeSantis made headlines Wednesday after saying people who voted for his Democratic opponent — Tallahassee mayor Andrew Gillum — would “monkey up” the state.
House Republicans Overwhelmingly Vote to Eliminate Billions in Funding for Children’s Health Insurance
House Republicans voted overwhelmingly to eliminate funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP, after approving a White House budget plan.
Representatives voted 210-206 — with 187 Democrats and 19 Republicans against — to rescind nearly $15 billion in unspent funding that had previously been approved, including $7 billion for CHIP, reported the New York Times.
JUST IN: On a party-line vote, @HouseGOP passed the Trump-GOP rescissions package that eliminates Children’s Health Insurance Program funding and cuts programs that create jobs & strengthen communities. pic.twitter.com/S70haZgZEe
— Appropriations Dems (@AppropsDems) June 8, 2018
Lawmakers had voted in January to reauthorize CHIP for another six years as part of a spending bill to reopen the government, after letting the program’s funding lapse for 114 days.
The Congressional Budget Office insisted the canceled funding would not change what the government spends on CHIP or affect the number of children with coverage.
The bill approved by House Republicans would reduce actual spending by a total of $1.1 billion from 2018 to 2028, according to the CBO.
Congress approved $1.5 trillion in tax cuts in December, and then a $1.3 trillion spending plan in March, as annual deficits reach nearly $1 trillion.
The rescissions package, which would pull back almost $15 billion in unspent funding, was pushed by House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who is considered a leading contender as the next House Speaker.
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