Archive - June 9, 2017

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How will the reinstated Mexico City Policy impact Peace Corps Programs?
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Tom Weck Wins Golden Script Screenplay Writing Prize (Ethiopia)

How will the reinstated Mexico City Policy impact Peace Corps Programs?

We don’t know. It is complicated. President Trump has reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy on abortion, first announced by President Reagan in 1984. My understanding is that the Reagan Memorandum applied to non-governmental organizations, which received US funding. President Trump’s Memorandum expanded to include all departments or agencies. Wikipedia describes Reagan’s policy: The policy requires non-governmental organizations to “agree as a condition of their receipt of [U.S.] federal funds” that they would “neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations”.[11] The policy has exceptions for abortions done in response to rape, incest, or life-threatening conditions (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mexico_City_policy) Here is the link to Reagan’s original policy statement: http://abortion.procon.org/sourcefiles/MexicoCityPolicy1984.pdf On January 27, 2017, President Trump expanded the policy: “I direct the Secretary of State, in coordination with the Secretary of Health and Human Services, to the extent allowable by law, to implement a plan to extend the . . .

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Tom Weck Wins Golden Script Screenplay Writing Prize (Ethiopia)

Thomas Weck (Ethiopia 1965-67) has just been awarded a prize as Finalist in the Golden Script Screenplay Writing Contest for his screenplay, The Medal.  The screenplay is the fusion of a love story and a coming of age set in the First World War.   He has entered a number of other screenplay writing contests where he will hear the results later this summer.  He entered into these competitions with his screenplay, The Medal, as well as his second screenplay, Horace & Baby Doe, based on a true story of the most remarkable and improbable love affair set in the waning days of the Wild West.  

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