Trump finds way to attack Obamacare and transgender people

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One of the things baked into the Affordable Care Act, thanks to President Obama’s direction to Health and Human Services in creating regulations, was protection for LGBTQ individuals, ensuring that they would not be discriminated against in receiving health care because of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Obama “asked the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to identify steps to improve the health and well-being of LGBT individuals, families, and communities, which resulted in a series of recommended actions that are now being implemented.”

Or were being implemented, before Trump.

The law (and implementing regulations) includes additional protections under Section 1557 including the prohibition of discrimination based on sex, defined to include gender identity and sex stereotypes, in any health program receiving federal funds (such as Medicaid, Medicare, and providers who receive federal funds).  However, as part of an ongoing lawsuit, a federal court has issued

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Judge blocks extremist Texas law banning safest second-trimester abortion method

A federal judge in Texas has extended his Aug. 31 stay of a new abortion law until Nov. 2 when a suit brought by Whole Women’s Health will be heard in court. The law, which bars the use of a technique called D&E—“dilation and evacuation”—was to take effect Sept. 1. There is little doubt the ruling will be appealed.

In his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel said that unless Roe v. Wade is overturned, he must follow the no “undue burden” standard when gauging the constitutionality of abortion laws. Imposing the law, Yeakel said, would force women to “suffer irreparable harm by being unable to access the most commonly used and safest” second-trimester abortion procedure. State and federal courts have blocked similar laws in five other states. While reproductive rights activists were happy about the ruling, they know this is just the beginning. Sophie Novack reported Aug. 31:

But this is the first battle in

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Judge blocks extremist Texas law banning safest second-trimester abortion method

A federal judge in Texas has extended his Aug. 31 stay of a new abortion law until Nov. 2 when a suit brought by Whole Women’s Health will be heard in court. The law, which bars the use of a technique called D&E—“dilation and evacuation”—was to take effect Sept. 1. There is little doubt the ruling will be appealed.

In his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel said that unless Roe v. Wade is overturned, he must follow the no “undue burden” standard when gauging the constitutionality of abortion laws. Imposing the law, Yeakel said, would force women to “suffer irreparable harm by being unable to access the most commonly used and safest” second-trimester abortion procedure. State and federal courts have blocked similar laws in five other states. While reproductive rights activists were happy about the ruling, they know this is just the beginning. Sophie Novack reported Aug. 31:

But this is the first battle in

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Judge blocks extremist Texas law banning safest second-trimester abortion method

A federal judge in Texas has extended his Aug. 31 stay of a new abortion law until Nov. 2 when a suit brought by Whole Women’s Health will be heard in court. The law, which bars the use of a technique called D&E—“dilation and evacuation”—was to take effect Sept. 1. There is little doubt the ruling will be appealed.

In his ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Lee Yeakel said that unless Roe v. Wade is overturned, he must follow the no “undue burden” standard when gauging the constitutionality of abortion laws. Imposing the law, Yeakel said, would force women to “suffer irreparable harm by being unable to access the most commonly used and safest” second-trimester abortion procedure. State and federal courts have blocked similar laws in five other states. While reproductive rights activists were happy about the ruling, they know this is just the beginning. Sophie Novack reported Aug. 31:

But this is the first battle in

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Texas forced-birther group fails so badly, legislators have to take back millions of $$ they gave it

In Virginia, South Dakota, Ohio, Missouri, Pennsylvania … indeed, in 34 states, right-wing, evangelical Christian “crisis pregnancy centers” get taxpayer money to lie to women about abortion. The money comes from federal abstinence-only programs, from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, from funding that used to go to Planned Parenthood centers, and in Texas, even from an environmental quality program.

The centers aren’t new. The first one was launched 50 years ago in Hawai’i. Today, there are thousands of them across America, far more than clinics that offer abortion as part of their reproductive health services. Robert Pearson gave birth to them and the deceptive techniques they use.

In 1994, his ideology in the matter was made clear to his audience: “Obviously, we’re fighting Satan […] A killer, who in this case is the girl who wants to kill her baby, has no right to information that will help her kill her baby.

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South Carolina governor bans abortion clinics from receiving state and local funding

Joining states like Texas and Arkansas, South Carolina just became the most recent state to prevent women from accessing abortions and reproductive health care. Republican Gov. Henry McMaster signed an order on Friday which denies any state or local funding to abortion facilities. 

The exact language of McMaster’s executive order bans government money from “any physician or professional medical practice affiliated with an abortion clinic and operating concurrently with and in the same physical, geographic location or footprint as an abortion clinic.”

Republicans across the country have made it their mission to specifically defund Planned Parenthood because of abortions—without giving a damn what it will do to women. But this isn’t going to just impact women, it will impact their families. And men, too. Additionally, most of Planned Parenthood’s clientele are low-income individuals who rely on government funding, in the form of Medicaid and Title X (a federal grant

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Trump administration prepares to rob women of free birth control provided by health insurance

Here we go … again. Republicans are hyper-obsessed with women’s bodies and our reproductive choices and they don’t hesitate to let the whole world know it through asinine statements and backward legislation. Unfortunately, they’ve been somewhat successful at limiting our reproductive rights at local levels. In Texas, with their latest law which bans insurance coverage for abortions with no exceptions, they’ve managed to raise their hatred of women to an art form. Now it looks like the GOP is continuing its assault on family planning with an upcoming rule that would eliminate free birth control through insurance providers. 

The Trump administration is preparing to roll back the Obama-era free birth control mandate, a move legal groups say would be unconstitutional and subject to a court challenge.

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that the rule will be very similar to a draft version leaked in May, which would vastly expand the number and types of businesses

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