Trump’s War on Sex

Photo by Nathaniel St. Clair

In May, Pres. Donald Trump gave the keynote speech for the Susan B. Anthony List annual “Campaign for Life,” a gathering tosupport political candidates who oppose abortion. “When I ran for office, I pledged to stand for life,” he proclaimed. “And as president, that’s exactly what I’ve done. And I have kept my promise, and I think everybody here understands that fully.”

Going further, he reminded those in attendance: “We’re also seeking passage of the 20-week abortion bill, which would end painful, late-term abortions nationwide.”  He added, “The House just passed the bill. The Democrats in the Senate are doing everything within their power to block it, although some are actually on our side, but they are working overtime to block it.”

Since taking office, Trump, his administration and the Republican-controlled Congress has moved aggressive to implement some of the most repressive public-policy initiatives since the current round of the culture wars began four decades ago.  Backed by Vice Pres. Mike Pence, an antiabortionist absolutist, and key Cabinet officials – notably Jeff Session (Justice), Betsy DeVos (Education) and [originally] Tom Price (Health & Human Services) — his administration moved quickly to rescind more liberal and humane Obama-era sex-related policies.

Trump’s Departments of Justice and Education ordered schools nationwide to enforce gender-identity regulations based on the…

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