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Statement on Changes to Rule 1557

Today, the Trump administration published their proposed changes to the Health Care Rights Law also known as Section 1557.  The proposed changes would upend protections for transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming individuals, including young people, from discrimination in healthcare or health coverage.

Advocates for Youth Welcomes Legislation to Modernize Sex Ed and Health Care for Young People

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA-13) introduced the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act (REHYA), which would expand access to quality sex education across the country by creating the first-ever federal funding stream for comprehensive sex education and prohibit federal funding from going toward harmful, ineffective abstinence-only programs. Currently, without a federal funding system, less than 40% of all high schools and only 14% of middle schools in the U.S. provide sex education curriculum that address all 19 of the CDC-identified topics critical to ensuring strong sexual health.

Statement on Extreme Abortion Laws

Near-total abortion bans passed in Alabama, Georgia, and four other states, effectively outlaw abortion care. These bills do not represent a chipping away of abortion access.  They are not enacting waiting periods, or mandating inane descriptions of fetuses be read to patients. These six states have effectively outlawed abortion before most people even know they are pregnant

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