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Trump Officials Attend Hungarian Conference to Promote Women Having More Babies

Mar 26, 2019

By Katelyn Burns

Trump administration officials and prominent anti-choice activists appeared at a conference hosted by the Hungarian Embassy earlier this month designed to promote government policies to encourage women to have more babies.

The “Make Families Great Again” conference, which was held at the Library of Congress on March 14, promoted far-right Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s seven-point “Family Protection Action Plan.” The plan is “designed to promote marriage and families and spawn a baby boom” through financial incentives, according to a Washington Post report on the event. White House special assistant Katy Talento, White House Strategic Communications Director Mercedes Schlapp, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Senior Advisor Valerie Huber spoke at the event.

HHS spokesperson Caitlin Oakley confirmed Huber’s attendance at the event to Rewire.News. Huber, best known as an abstinence-only activist who helped rebrand abstinence-only sexual education as “sexual risk avoidance,” has held several high-level political positions within HHS. She was appointed senior policy advisor at the department’s Office of Global Affairs in January.

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4 comments on “Trump Officials Attend Hungarian Conference to Promote Women Having More Babies

  • “Make Families Great Again” otherwise known as “Barefoot and Pregnant” or “Get in the Kitchen and Rattle Those Pots and Pans” and “Go Get Me a Sam-ich”.

    Women of Hungary – Run for you lives! Domestic slavery is coming your way!


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    Michael 100 says:

    I’m reminded of the remarks we made last Sunday (March 24) in An Exchange On Abortion forum, #s 210 et seq. 
    It’s disturbing to me that this so called Make Families Great Again conference, was held in the Library of Congress – an institution founded by Thomas Jefferson, and one of the most beautiful collection of buildings in Washington.  I keep telling my friends that no matter how bad we think the Trump administration can be – it is and will continue to be worse.  Just look at the people the administration sent to the conference:
    1) Katy Talento (White House special assistant who has pushed myths about contraception, including false statements that contraceptives cause abortions, miscarriages, and reduced fertility.  She reportedly helped craft the Trump administration’s policy to roll back the Affordable Care Act’s birth control benefit);
    2) White House Strategic Communications Director Mercedes Schlapp (before joining the administration, she was a board member of the NRA, a lobbyist for, among others, Koch Industries, and a FOX news contributor);
    3)  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Senior Advisor Valerie Huber (best known as an abstinence-only activist who helped rebrand abstinence-only sexual education as “sexual risk avoidance,”).
    I got the information about Schlapp from Wikipedia, who knows what other skeletons are in her closet. 
    Hillary Clinton’s characterization of Trump’s supporters as a “basket of deplorables” leaps to mind.


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  • Michael100

    A basket of deplorables indeed!

    Otherwise known as a rogues gallery of mind slaves who believe it’s their duty to control the reproductive strategies of everyone else. This is completely disturbing. It’s an outrage.


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