Right-Wing Packs Education Bill with Conservative Amendments

Right-Wing lawmakers are attempting to pack the Elementary and Secondary Education Act with anti-abortion and anti-gay amendments. Senator Jesse Helms (R-NC) has offered two anti-abortion amendments – one requiring parental consent for the distribution of emergency contraception in school-based health centers, the other eliminating funding to any school that offers emergency contraception (the “morning after pill”) to students. A coalition of health care organizations including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Public Health Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics, has sent a letter to US senators urging them to oppose the parental consent amendment. Helms has also proposed an anti-gay amendment that would ban funding to US schools that refuse to offer facilities to Boy Scout troops because of their anti-gay policies (More: https://feminist.org/news/newsbyte/uswirestory.asp?id=1413). The Human Rights Campaign, while criticizing the measure, points out that federal law already mandates equal access to school facilities for Boy Scout troops.


Human Rights Campaign, Kaiser Daily Health Report, Washington Post

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