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Activists, Politicians Call on Trump Administration to Fire Office of Refugee Resettlement Director

By Ayana Byrd Calls for the removal of Scott Lloyd from his position as director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) began with his appointment in March 2017. Today (March 15), members of Congress, reproductive health, human rights and immigrant justice activists delivered a petition with more than a quarter million signatures demanding his dismissal. Read more. 

HHS Secretary Backs Trump Official Who Tried to Block Immigrant Teens From Abortion Care

By Tina Vasquez U.S. Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar defended Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) Director Scott Lloyd at a congressional hearing Thursday, as calls for Lloyd’s ouster intensified. U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) told Azar at the House of Representatives subcommittee hearing that Lloyd should be “fired immediately” for overstepping his authority in “violating young immigrant women’s privacy, […]

Trump Official Who Tried to Block Teens From Abortions Did Nothing Wrong, Administration Says

By Carter Sherman Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar defended a Trump administration official under fire for his role in a battle over undocumented teenagers’ access to abortion, telling congressional leaders on Thursday that he believed the issue was prompted not the official’s opposition to abortion but by a decade-old government policy. Read more.  […]

Doctors need to talk openly about race — our patients depend on it

By Aisha Wagner Once again, Black History Month has ended and led us directly into Women’s History Month. Despite these back-to-back opportunities, we are still not talking enough about the ways our society is failing these populations, especially women of color. I confess that I’ve been a part of the problem—keeping my head down and […]

The end of abortion? In your dreams, Mike Pence

By Jessica González-Rojas Vice President Pence has predicted that legal abortion would end in the U.S. “in our time,“ echoing his promise during the 2016 campaign to consign Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that upheld legal abortion in the U.S., to the “ash heap of history.” Read more.