by Countable | 4.13.17
It’s difficult to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in this country and to break through the clutter, so we’re here to make it easier. Here’s what we at Countable are reading today:
President Trump signed legislation Thursday allowing states to withhold federal family planning dollars from clinics that provide abortion services, a move that effectively deprives Planned Parenthood and several other family groups of a significant source of funding.
While GOP congressional leaders face some resistance in their efforts to completely defund Planned Parenthood, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) called reversing the rule the Obama administration issued in December "a major pro-life victory."
Read more at the Washington Post.
Read more about the bill at Countable.
The Government Accountability Office agreed this month to probe the matter at the request of several Democratic lawmakers. The office told those lawmakers it will have a draft of its report ready by June.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland initially reached out to the GAO in late November, saying they were alarmed by reports of "chaos" and "disarray" in the early weeks of the transition between Trump and President Barack Obama. Their Nov. 26 letter noted concerns that Trump's meetings with foreign leaders would benefit his Trump Organization, a global business empire that he led until stepping aside in January. He retains a financial interest in the company.
In its April 5 response to Cummings and Warren, the GAO outlined its investigation objectives. They include: a review of what ethics guidelines apply to the transition process; how was the Trump team using public money provided for the transition, and how much did it raise in private funds; what guidance did the Office of Government Ethics provide about conflicts of interest during transition; and how, if at all, did the government work with the incoming Trump team to communicate with foreign governments.
Read more at the Bellefontaine Examiner.
For more than 15 years, jails that hold immigrants facing deportation have had to follow a growing list of requirements:
Notify immigration officials if a detainee spends two weeks or longer in solitary confinement. Check on suicidal inmates every 15 minutes, and evaluate their mental health every day. Inform detainees, in languages they can understand, how to obtain medical care. In disciplinary hearings, provide a staff member who can advocate in English on the detainee’s behalf.
But as the Trump administration seeks to quickly find jail space for its crackdown on illegal immigration, it is moving to curtail these rules as a way to entice more sheriffs and local officials to make their correctional facilities available.
Read more at the New York Times.
A US-led coalition air strike killed 18 of its allied Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) troops fighting against Isis in Syria, the US military has confirmed.
Coalition aircraft were given the wrong coordinates for a strike on 11 April, US Central Command said on Thursday, resulting in a strike on an SDF position and the deaths of 18 partnered fighters in the north of the country.
The inaccurate coordinates reportedly came from the SDF itself.
Read more at the Independent.
The US has deployed the largest nonnuclear bomb in its inventory on an ISIS target in a remote part of far northeast Afghanistan, the Pentagon confirmed on Thursday.
Based on the simulator's calculations, the effects of the bomb would be felt as far as a mile in each direction, and "most glass surfaces, such as windows, will shatter ... some with enough force to cause injury," according to the simulator.
Read more at Business Insider
Read more about U.S. military actions at Countable.
— Asha Sanaker
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Interesting that our President who usually loves a photo op of him signing things chose to sign a bill off camera, a bill that once again defund s a program vital to poor women's health. Oh but wait...this is Planned Parenthood....never mind that PP provides health screening, helps control STDs, provides birth control ( which cuts down on the need for those abortions conservatives are cutting access to) and that this funding cut is going to resulted in sicker mothers and sicker children. But, hey, if we're going to cut funding for women's health in poor 3rd world countries why not keep passing rules & laws that give American women a chance to enjoy 3rd world status too!
This is ridiculous. First it was done behind closed doors at least have the courage to do it in public. Second it's a malicious attack against women who get primary healthcare from Planned Parenthood which is a majority of their services. Once again this is White old man deciding what happens with women's healthcare. This country should be ashamed of their behavior.
This is disgusting, Planned Parenthood provides so many valuable services that cut down on the number of safe and legal abortions. Without access to birth control the number of abortions will rise, these abortions will be unsafe. This legislation is reckless and punishing. Shame.
Rather I am con or pro abortion does not matter. This division is between God and the individual, i do not wish to see women having to return to butchers in abandoned buildings killing them and destroying the possibility of becoming mother's in the future. I wonder if men where the ones having to make this division what they would do! The Bible clearly tells us we are not to judge only God has the right to judge if what a individual decides is right or wrong.
This is reprehensible. Clearly hatred toward poor people, bigotry, and misogyny are the motivations behind this disgusting move. Pence, Trump, and the GOP, you should be ashamed of yourselves.
Shame on him for signing that bill... he was moved by pictures of Syrians attacked by chemical weapons but can't seem to be bothered by the low income women benefiting from all the things planned parenthood does (regardless of where you stand on abortion) Do we need graphic photos of American women and children affected by this? Would that move him?
Shutting down low-cost health care for women, plus dismantling the ACA, leaves poor women with no options for regular reproductive health care. Shameful.
So because I don't want to fund abortions, none of the women in your state can have access to family planning services. Seems like a sure way to ensure babies are born with mothers who get less pregnancy education, and less prenatal care and support.
Planned Parenthood has supported women's right to choose what is best for their health since it began. I'm a woman, aged 74. I deserve that right. I'll never vote for a man who tells me I don't have that right. I am pro-life and pro-choice. Thankfully I live in a State that supports me and my sisters. I am so saddened that many others do not. Leaving funding of this organization to States is a giant step backward taken by Pres. Trump. Planned Parenthood has saved millions of lives around the world and should be federally funded.
Fight this. Planned Parenthood is more than just abortions. It's accessible healthcare to those who need it, and with the threat of losing Obamacare, we need it now more than ever.
Please continue to fight for woman's rights to open access to health care.
Funny that trump who is always ready for a photo op signed this behind closed doors. Many PP do not do abortions but do mammograms cancer screening and birth control. He is also going to get us into a war.
First of all, abortion clinics, especially Planned Parenthood, have plenty of their own money and don't need any government funding. Second of all, they aren't in the business for benefitting "women's health" their primary purpose is to make money. They don't spend the time or money to make you comfortable and they don't give you any information. They don't tell you that it will be the most painful thing you will ever experience. They don't tell you that you will have to deliver the baby anyway. They don't tell you that your baby has a real heart beat at three weeks and when you abort, you stopped your baby's heartbeat. They don't tell you the effects. Studies within the first few weeks after the abortion have found that between 40 and 60 percent of women questioned report negative reactions. Within 8 weeks after their abortions, 55 percent expressed guilt, 44 percent complained of nervous disorders, 36 percent had experienced sleep disturbances, 31 percent had regrets about their decision, and 11 percent had been prescribed psychotropic medicine by their family doctor. In one study of 500 women who aborted, researchers found that 50 percent expressed negative feelings, and up to 10 percent were classified as having developed serious psychiatric complications. Places that cause this need no government funding.
Women's right are human rights!!! This country is going in the wrong direction! Against the majority of the voters!
Planned Parenthood is an important safety-net provider for women's health care. Millions of women will not be able to find another affordable place to get their mammograms and Pap smears for cancer detection and prevention. Millions will not be able to get STD testing or well woman exams or contraception. Millions will have no one to explain the many contraceptive options. It's foolish to deprive millions of women of health care in order to make an ideological point. For many years now, under the Hyde amendment, federal funds could not be used for abortions. This action will take away basic health care for millions of women and their families. Please do not support this legislation.
Planned Parenthood is not designed to address abortion. Why are you attempting to cut funding to women's health. What's more outrageous is the majority of you legislators making decisions about women's health are men. It's a shame and you will pay for this!
What better way to prevent abortions then to take actions that will result in more unwanted pregnancies! And if it creates more suffering for regular people? Bonus!
Trump you really need to grow some balls. If you had them you wouldn't have signed this behind closed doors.
Planned Parenthood does not use federal funds for abortion. Planned Parenthood provides reproductive health services including family planning. Male privilege, ignorance, and anti abortion Catholics do not legitimize this behind closed door action.
This bill is outrageous. Government has no place making women's health harder to access. This is detrimental to lower income women who don't need the extra strain to afford these services (including but far from limited to abortion). Take care of your citizens, don't make life more difficult.