In its first week in office, the Trump Administration has made it a priority to attack women’s reproductive rights, with the president reinstating the Global Gag Rule on Monday, January 23. On Tuesday, the House passed HR-7, which would make permanent and expand the Hyde Amendment, which denies Medicaid funding to poor women seeking abortions. Trump also signed an Executive Order instructing all Federal Agencies to “ease the impact” of the Affordable Care Act (AFA) –i.e., encouraging Congress to “switfly repeal” the ACA. An earlier move by the new Congress had begun its dismantling –in the guise of a budget bill that included banning coverage of contraception without a co-pay and defunding Planned Parenthood.
We’ll be discussing these (and other) attacks on women’s reproductive freedom, with guests: RaeAnn Roca Pickett, of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), serves as its Senior Director of Communications and Public Affairs in the DC office; Amanda Marcotte, well known blogger on women’s rights, who writes for: AlterNet, Salon, Raw Story and the Guardian, among other media outlets.
The show will also include the Feminist News Roundup and topical music.