Trump's new Executive order, Now what's next?

Trump's new Executive order, Now what's next?

This may be a small win, but we still have so so far to go

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On Wednesday, President Trump signed an executive order to 'solve' the horrible issue of family separation at the border that the majority of the country has been against for weeks now. Although it comes with many regulations that might not be quite as obvious to the public.

This may be a step in the right direction, but our government has a lot of ground to cover if they want to make up for the horror they caused to these families and the rest of the nation watching.

This executive order keeps the component of the administrations "zero tolerance" policy, and could allow a federal judge to refuse to give the Trump administration the authority it needs to hold families in custody for more than 20 days which stands as the current limit due to a 1997 court order.

This new policy does nothing to address the 2,300 kids already separated from their parents because of the "zero tolerance policy" Trump has in place. It has been stated by federal officials that these children will not be immediately reunited with families and the parents will remain in federal custody until the immigration hearings.

Mr Brian Marriott spoke later Wednesday evening to clarify that "reunification is always the goal" and that "the agency is working towards that" for the children already separated. However, it was never specified who the children would be reunited with, leaving the possibility for them to be reunited with other family members or 'appropriate' sponsors.

This decision was made only days after Trump announced he couldn't change the separation of families through executive order, and that it could only be done through congressional action. However, he changed his mind after enormous amounts of political pressure from Democrats, activists, and even his wife and oldest daughter who told him the policy was wrong.

After stories of children being taken from their parents, audio of screaming kids being released, and the photos of the cage-like detention living conditions, there was enormous political uproar, leaving the Trump administration no choice but to attempt to fix the situation.

The four-page executive order states that the border officials will continue to prosecute everyone who crosses the border illegally, but will attempt to seek better living facilities to keep families together instead of separating them through the court trial.

However, the order leaves a lot of unanswered questions such as what will happen while the new facilities are being built, and what will be the conditions these families will be put in.

The White House is currently in a state of disagreement and disarray about the immigration issue, as there are two more votes happening next Thursday. This is a step in the right direction, but it's going to take a lot more to fix the immigration issue.

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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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The Government Shutdown Has Affected My Testosterone Prescription

Injecting myself every week is hard enough, but when I cant get my prescription its impossible.

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I have always been very accurate on when I take my shots. "T Shot Tuesday" as I call it. And with the first week of January approaching, I new I had an appointment at Planned Parenthood to refill my testosterone, syringes and needles (which are used to draw up the testosterone). A common misconception is having one needle to draw up and also inject the testosterone, but this is false as the needle to draw up the testosterone is larger than the needle, I use to inject myself with.

Another common misconception is that Planned Parenthood gives me my prescription, and this is false. Planned Parenthood is solely the written form of my prescription; thus, I have to go to a pharmacy to get it filled. So, all in all, I have to make two trips to get my perception just as if I were to go to my primacy care physician (which I do not go to for testosterone, because it is not covered by insurance and my care provider cannot write me a prescription for T).


The Bad News

So, after my appointment I got my written prescription and headed off to my pharmacy to get it filled. I knew there would be a wait, so I headed to the gym. About forty minutes into my workout I notice a text message from my pharmacy stating, "WE ARE UNABLE TO FILL YOUR PERSCRIPTION". I immediately hopped up off the bench, put my weights away and went out the door as my mind began to race. The past two times I had my prescription filled, there were no issues. But, now all of the sudden with the Government shutdown there was one.

I got to the pharmacy, they told me I had to call my provider and have them rewrite my prescription so that it could be filled. What this meant I was not for certain, but apparently in the legal aspect of things, it could not be filled with how it was written. So, I called and there was no answer (of course), thus I left a rather urgent voicemail. Knowing I had work in 2 hours and Planned Parenthood is closed on Wednesday and Thursday, I did not want to be late on my shot as I had recently upped my dosage. Too, not only would I be a few days late it would be a week and a half late because I only do one shot every week, so it had been a week since my last shot.

The Good Before The Bad

Currently injecting 0.50ml per shot

An hour before work, I go to my pharmacy because I got another text stating "YOUR PERSCRIPTION IS FILLED". A sigh of relief, right? Traffic was awful, so I knew I was going to be late for work but did not care as I needed this prescription since the pharmacy closed before I would get off work. I got there only to be notified that the testosterone could be filled but I could not receive the syringes or needles. So, how am I supposed to draw up or inject? Again, they told me to contact my provider and I did so. At this point, I am stressed, nervous, uneasy, and frustrated.

I get a call from Planned Parenthoods after hours services and they tell me there is nothing they can do except leave a voicemail as well since Planned Parenthood was closed for the day and didn't reopen for another two days.

The End Result

This is NOT the syringe to use to draw up testosterone.

I receive the call Friday and get a notification from my pharmacy that my "PERSCRIPTION HAS BEEN FILLED" so I headed back to my pharmacy. I get my prescription, head home and get ready to do my shot only to realize the syringes were the wrong ones. I was given a syringe that did not have the detachable needle, thus I could not draw up the testosterone.

Again, I contact the pharmacy only this time to speak to the pharmacist and they were luckily able to change the syringes that were originally given to me. So, I gave myself the shot two weeks late and I had some very unpleasant side effects. (To be discussed in a future article).

Whether the government affected my prescription or not, what I do know is the current president wants to stop funding for Planned Parenthood. However, it isn't that easy, but if the president is able to do it the LGBTQ community and various others can be affected in the worst way.

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