The busing of migrants,including children and young people, across the country by Govs. Greg Abott (Texas), Doug Doucy (Arizona), and Ron DeSantis (Florida), as a political stunt, must stop. Using human beings as political props, belittling and ignoring the experiences and needs of these migrants, and treating migrants as something to be disposed of: these are reprehensible acts.
Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s attack on transgender student well-being is reprehensible. Youngkin joins extremist, transphobic officials around the country in choosing to target some of our most vulnerable young people. Forcing these young people into bathrooms that don’t fit them and where they may experience fear and bullying; permitting and in some cases mandating that teachers deny transgender students the names they want to use; and setting up LGBTQ+ students to be outed to their parents before they are ready and regardless of what these young people may face at home - these are all violations of young people’s right to safety at school.
“A nationwide abortion ban, and ultimately the end of legal abortion in this country, was always the endgame for the anti-abortion movement. It’s horrifying but it is no surprise to young people, who have been preparing for this for years. Long before the Court overturned Roe, youth leaders were working to ensure everyone who needs an abortion can get an abortion - and that’s not going to stop now, or ever."
Though we don’t yet know the ramifications of US District Judge Reed O’Connor’s ruling overturning the ACA’s mandate that PReP must be covered in insurance plans, we do know that the decision is sickening on so many levels. Religious beliefs cannot and must not dictate lifesaving health care services.
“Young people should have control over their own bodies, even and especially when they’re pregnant,” said Diana Thu-Thao Rhodes, Advocates for Youth’s Vice President of Policy, Partnerships, and Organizing. “Florida’s Jane Doe, and too many others like her, have had to stand before judges in courtrooms defending their personal lives instead of being able to just get the abortion care they need. These laws are part of efforts to end all access to abortion."