Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes.
A Texas school superintendent, explaining why sex education wasn’t offered in the school district.
“[Most kids] live on a farm or have animals they feed and care for. They get a pretty good sex education from their animals.”
Dr. Terez Yonan, adolescent medicine physician on the development of the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
“I am disappointed with the administration’s latest attempts to use faith as an excuse to deny patients care, including contraception, abortion care, or other necessary services. Not because I practice medicine in the “blue” state of California, but because I practice medicine with my religious principles in mind.”
Pulitzer-winning columnist Leonard Pitts, writing on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
“Indeed, in his last public words, Martin Luther King summoned us up to the mountaintop. And 50 years down the line, that call rings with fresh urgency. We have lingered in the valley too long.”
Dan Quinn, TFN’s communications director, on the fractured anti-abortion movement in Texas.
“The truth is Texas Alliance for Life and Texas Right to Life are both extremist organizations dedicated to the same extreme goal, taking away the freedom of individuals to decide for themselves what health care services, including abortion, they want and will get. Their fight is over the tactics and politics of reaching that goal. That the fight has evolved into open, scorched-earth warfare says a lot about the state of politics on the right in Texas today. There are few things more fascinating, and depressing, than watching extremists fight over who can be the most dogmatic and cruel.”
Clare Coleman, the president of the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association, on a new proposed rule that would allow a larger pool of health care workers to refuse to do their job based on religious opposition to abortion.
“If you are the contractor who empties the waste baskets at a health plan and that health plan covers abortion, you can refuse without being fired.”