In recent months, conservatives in the U.S. House have introduced and pushed forward two restrictions on abortion access that would spread the suffering of Louisiana's women across the nation.
The new tax cut proposals in Congress seem to largely benefit the rich and corporations, at the expense of low- and middle-income Americans, Americans with disabilities, and Americans with dependents and American women. No big surprise after seeing the various failed health care proposals.
Who would be impacted?
People who need childcare
At this point, we know that the conservatives in Congress and the administration’s agenda is to attack and undermine sexual and reproductive health and rights. Now they are reaching beyond abortion and going after family planning and contraception. Some have suggested drastically undermining or outright eliminating the Title X Family Planning Program by directing all current funding to Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) sites.
Without comprehensive sexual education, all students are being harmed. However, some groups of students suffer more than others from a lack of education and resources in their schools. Students identifying as LGBTQ are being disadvantaged when schools refuse to provide them with any more than the bare minimum information that we often see being taught in sex ed. classrooms. Most sex ed. classes strictly discuss heterosexual sex and relationships, disadvantaging LGBTQ students.
The Trump administration announced last week two rules that will restrict access to birth control, by allowing employers, health insurance providers, and universities that claim a religious or moral objection to drop insurance coverage for contraception.
The rules affect the Affordable Care Act’s requirements that contraceptive be covered in employees’ insurance plans. This requirement allowed millions of women to access birth control – now the administration wants to let your boss decide whether you should have birth control.
In celebration of their twentieth anniversary, the national, Southern-based, and women of color focused organization SisterSong will host their third annual Let’s Talk About Sex! Conference at the Hyatt Regency Center in New Orleans, Louisiana from October 5th to October 8th.
By Megan Snider
Trump nominee for the 5th Circuit is Kyle Duncan, who is best known for representing Hobby Lobby in the Supreme Court case that ruled that corporations with religious owners cannot be required to pay for insurance coverage of contraception, which Hobby Lobby’s owners believe to be a form of abortion.