At least three school districts decided to close their schools today in solidarity with the “Day Without a Woman” general strike going on around the country in honor of International Women’s Day. The protest is one of many organized by feminists following President Trump assuming office. The Alexandria City (Va.), Prince George’s (Md.), and Chapel-Hill Carrboro (N.C.) school districts all came to the decision that it was better to just close their schools Wednesday rather than hold hundreds of employees who requested the day off accountable for their actions. Prince George’s County made the decision late Tuesday night. According to
This morning, Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List, took to Twitter to put out a number of pro-life ads in recognition of International Women’s Day. While she was able to post several of these ads without issue, Twitter decided to censor one of the ads — one that depicts Mother Teresa alongside a pro-life quote: So why did Twitter decide to censor Mother Teresa? According to their response, the ad violates Twitter’s “Health and pharmaceutical products and services” policy: At a cursory glance, it is unclear how in the world this tweet violates a policy whose aim
The Trump administration floated an interesting proposal on Monday night concerning the controversial federal funding of Planned Parenthood, which provides around 327,600 abortions annually. Rather than taking away the organization’s $500 million in federal funds, the administration offered Planned Parenthood the chance to keep their funding in the new GOP healthcare replacement bill, on one condition — that they stop performing abortions. Planned Parenthood promptly rejected the president’s attempt at a compromise. The organization’s president, Cecile Richards, tweeted in response: Planned Parenthood is proud to provide abortion—a necessary service that’s as vital to our mission as birth control or cancer
Democrats in New Mexico are pushing legislation that would allow physicians to help their terminally-ill patients end their own lives. This past June, the New Mexico Supreme Court ruled against a case that would deem physician-assisted suicide a constitutional right. The new proposal challenges this ruling and would ensure that physicians who prescribe life-ending drugs to their patients do not face any legal consequences. The ACLU, which opposed the practice of physician-assisted suicide at its conception in the 1960s, now holds that physician-assisted suicide is in fact a constitutional right, and voiced their outrage for the court’s ruling last June.
The mainstream media set low expectations going into President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress on Tuesday evening. Since his inauguration, they have been in a sort of war with Trump, especially since the debut of his latest executive order on immigration. Ironically, however, these low expectations may have worked to Trump’s advantage, as polling shows that the majority of Americans responded positively to the president’s address, which called on Congress to end trivial fights and instead focus on actually helping Americans. Overall, the speech had a much more optimistic tone than those of his campaign, which were often criticized