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Homecoming Queen and King Photos

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Homecoming Queen and King Photos

2018 Homecoming Queen Kimberly Romero returned to crown 2019 Homecoming Queen Meghan White.

2018 Homecoming Queen Kimberly Romero returned to crown 2019 Homecoming Queen Meghan White.

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2018 Homecoming Queen Kimberly Romero returned to crown 2019 Homecoming Queen Meghan White.

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2018 Homecoming Queen Kimberly Romero returned to crown 2019 Homecoming Queen Meghan White.

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Meghan White is crowned the 2019 Homecoming Queen. Meghan says that “Being crowned was shocking, overwhelming, exciting and left me in slight disbelief. Durant has helped me grow and change for the better.”

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The crowd’s energy surges as Meghan White is announced as Queen.

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Meghan White poses with her proud father after numerous congratualtions.

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Homecoming King Ahmad Fitts poses with the Queen after his crowning. Fitts says “Being crowned is about more than winning, it’s also about all the memories I have made over the past four years.”

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Marina Hawkins, Social Media Coordinator

Marina Hawkins is a junior at Durant and is Social Media Coordinator for the PawPrint newspaper. She is also part of the Varsity Cheer team at Durant....

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Jennifer Dages is a senior at Durant High School and is the Editor-in-Chief of Writing for PawPrint newspaper. In her free time, she practices Brazilian...

A review of Spirit Week 2019

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Homecoming 2019 in less than four minutes.

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Mason is a sophomore at Durant High School. He is a Staff Writer for the PawPrint Newspaper. He is a fan of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. He writes about...

Tampa Bay Lightning looks to make statements this upcoming season

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Tampa Bay Lightning looks to make statements this upcoming season

Fans rally behind the team, in hopes for victory in the 2020 Stanley Cup.

Fans rally behind the team, in hopes for victory in the 2020 Stanley Cup.

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Fans rally behind the team, in hopes for victory in the 2020 Stanley Cup.

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The Tampa Bay Lightning is looking to win its second Stanley Cup in the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs. The last time the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup was in the 2003-04 NHL season. The Lightning look to dominate and make a statement this upcoming season. 

With new additions for the Lightning for the 2019-20 season, the Tampa Bay Lightning look to add more physical players to the roster. The Tampa Bay Lightning added Stanley Cup Champion, Patrick Maroon, 31, for this season. Last season, Maroon played and won the Stanley Cup with the St. Louis Blues and is a hard working player who can score and can add depth to the Lightning. Maroon will not back down from a fight and had sixty-four penalty minutes during the regular season. This shows that Maroon will stick up for his teammates and will provide depth for the team.

 The Lightning also added Luke Witkowski, 29, a free agent who the Lightning inked for 2 years from the Detroit Red Wings can provide the team with his ability to hit and fight. Witkowski is not a big goal scorer, but can support his team with body checks and hits. 

The Lightning had to trade some of their stars this offseason and make some tough choices and decisions. Ryan Callahan, 34, who was traded to the Ottawa Senators, spent five seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning and will likely retire from playing hockey due to his severe back injury that doctors recommended he should stop playing hockey. In exchange for Callahan, the Lightning got goalie Mike Condon and a draft pick.

The Lightning also traded forward, J.T. Miller, 26, to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for two first round draft picks. The Lightning also gave up forward, Adam Erne, 24, to the Detroit Red Wings, in exchange for a 2020 fourth round draft pick. 

The biggest news is that the Lightning haven’t made a deal to extend one of their top stars, Brayden Point. Point, 23, is a restricted free agent who scored a total of 92 points in the 2018-19 NHL season. Point said in an interview “I would like to stay in Tampa,” but the season is very close to starting and he has yet to sign a contract with any team. This has made Lightning fans worry about a fan favorite player, not resigning with the Lightning. 

This year, Tampa Bay Lightning Captain, Steven Stamkos, 29, will play in his twelfth NHL season looking to win his first career Stanley Cup. Stamkos has led the team since 2014 since the departure of Martin St. Louis, who is now in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Stamkos also led the Lightning to a Stanley Cup Final in 2015, when the Lightning took on the Chicago Blackhawks. The Lightning lost the series, 4-2. After their historical season in the 2018-19 NHL season ending with the best record in the league, they lost in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, 4-0, to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Stamkos said “it was a fluke.” The Lightning plan to come out aggressive, strong, and end that way, but this time with a Stanley Cup. 

The Lightning have many star players such as Nikita Kucherov, 26, Victor Hedman, 28, Tyler Johnson, 29, Andrei Vasilevskiy, 25, and many more, as they have a stacked lineup filled with top scorers. Kucherov, is coming off a historical season ending with 128 points winning the Hart 

Memorial Trophy as NHL Most Valuable Player, Arts Ross Trophy for most points in the NHL, and Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player for the season. Kucherov set the NHL record for most points in a single season by a Russian-born player. Hedman, came off a season of injuries, but is ready to go for this upcoming season and is feels like he is healthier than ever. Johnson tied his own record for most goals in his career during a single season with 29. Vasilevskiy won the Vezina Trophy for the best NHL goaltender. 

This shows that the Lightning can be one of the greatest teams with their style of playing and having great coaches and players. The Lightning plan to win the Stanley Cup and they plan to be one of the greatest teams for a long time.

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Jordan Dabbour, Business Manager

Jordan Dabbour is a junior at Durant High School and is Advertising Business Manager for the PawPrint newspaper. He is an avid sports fan, and loves to...

Wattpad provides alternative to traditional reading materials

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Wattpad provides alternative to traditional reading materials

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The library page on the website and app. It looks identical no matter which format is being used. These are examples of polular works.

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Wattpad is a free website and app that allows readers to add books to their libraries with no limit as to how long it can be there, similar to the concept of Netflix. Users can also create different reading lists, post messages on their profile, vote on book chapters and comment throughout stories. Users may also upload their own works to the platform in hopes of gaining an audience.

Wattpad was officially launched in October of 2006. The website and app were launched by the co-founders Allen Lau and Ivan Yuen. The idea was originally thought of by Lau but both believed that having an app where people had access to novels was key. The app is available for iOS devices as well as Androids.

The website began as a place for public domain novels like Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen but soon expanded to be much more. Users are allowed to publish almost anything in their books and this lead to a very popular genre: fanfiction.

Fanfiction caused Wattpad’s popularity to rise in teens and young adults because they could read romances about their favorite celebrities in a variety of circumstances. While fanfiction is still a popular genre on the site, other categories have risen to popularity. Most of the popular genres on Wattpad are a variations of romance. They range from high school romances to complex, middle age relationships.

The variety in the novels uploaded allows Wattpad to please a diverse of age groups and ethnicities. There are people as young as 10 years-old to about as old as 45 years-old on the website. Women are much more frequent users of the site but that does not mean there are no male users, they are just rare. When a male comments, the replies tend to emphasize how rare the occurance is.

The comments are truly what set Wattpad apart from some other reading services. The comments allow readers to become more engaged with a text because they can see how other people reacted or are reacting to the same passages. Readers can reply to comments to share their own opinion/experience or expand on what was stated. Comments allow readers to find people who are going through similar experiences in their real lives. They also allow people to make jokes or appreciate pop-culture references within stories.

Wattpad has a much wider impact on culture than many people realize. Many Wattpad books get published and put on bookstore shelves. Some books become so popular that even after publishing they can become movies. Popular examples are The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles and After by Anna Todd. Wattpad provides a starting place for young and aspiring authors.

Many of the novels that get published from Wattpad are altered from their original version in order for them to stay free on Wattpad. For example, Todd’s After series originated on Wattpad as a One Direction fanfiction in which the main love interest was Harry Styles. Once published the male main character’s name was changed to Hardin Scott. The additional members of the band, featured in the stories also received rewritten names, as well as a slightly altered text.

Stories on Wattpad may support serious issues or may be parts of sponsored contests to promote specific products. Specific tags and categories are attached to these stories. There are many novels that support the anti-bullying campaigns popularized during the Obama administration. One of the most popular books for this issue is The Good Girl’s Bad Boys: The Good, The Bad and The Bullied by user RibixCube89201. There are also suicide awareness as well as an entire genre for LGBTQ+ books.

While Wattpad did introduce paid stories in early 2019, users do not pay to create an account and many novels are still free. Some stories do contain ads about every 20 minutes after a chapter was completed.

Wattpad has expanded beyond the single app and website. In February of 2017 Wattpad sponsored their new app Tap. This app allows readers to read stories as though they were reading text chains. Unlike Wattpad, Tap is only available as an app.

Overall Wattpad is an easy alternative for people who do not have the time or ability to access a public library. This also aids individuals who cannot afford to buy books to keep long-term.

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Angelique Robinson, Web Master

Angelique Robinson is a senior at Durant and is Web Master for the PawPrint newspaper. She loves writing creative pieces, as well as more serious articles...

Area 51 as a meme becomes a reality.

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Recently the military base called Area 51, has blown up in popularity over the question, are there aliens at the Area 51 base? This question has hovered around social media for a very long time and it wasn’t until a few months ago it started to become relevant across all social media platforms including Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, etc. 

Then people started to think, how we would figure out if there is aliens at area 51, then they came up with the term “Storm Area 51” coined by a Facebook event, set to occur September 20, 2019. While it seemed like a reasonable idea, most people generally agreed that it would never happen. Social media is one of thelargest influences to people of all ages across the world, which that led to, people making petitions to raid the Area 51 base. This idea blew up across the U.S as hoards of people signed rudhed to this online petition. In total close to 2 million citizens signed the petition.

This topic has also became a variety of poplar memes, there have been thousands of memes made about the Area 51 raid which led to it getting some many people to sign the petitions. Lil Nas X took the meme to a whole other level releasing an additional remix of Old Town Road featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, Young Thug and Mason Ramsey, the video being an animation of the group raidng Area 51.

On the other hand this caught the attention of the military, who were very against people rvsp’ ing the event that would be a potential threat to military security and anyone who decided to attend the event. The Air Force especially found this  dangerous and sent out several discouraging messages to those who were considering attending the event.

Once the date for the raid arrived, nothing near as major occured. About 3,000 people showed up to Area 51, but none of the individuals attempted to storm into the base. However, one of the individuals in attendance urinated by the gate and got arrested. This long expected raid never ended up occuring, even with the thousands of people who signed the petition.

Internet jokers have been around for a long time but these jokers should take serious consideration when it comes what they say. Nowadays social media has an enormous influence, and has very large, and very serious effects on the things around us.

What would have happened if people stormed Area 51? Well the raiders storming in would have been arrested by the military. Overall this topic has been a big thing hovering around our life and is something that has been talked about by many people and was successful at what was trying to get accomplished. 

Disney Plus streaming service is to arrive soon

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In this day and age, the public can watch whatever they want, whenever they want.  With media service providers such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video almost any movie or television show is available to people with just the press of a button. Now there is new competition for these companies arising within the industry, it’s called Disney Plus. Disney has created its own media streaming service that will be released on November 12, 2019, and it will include movies and television shows from Disney, Pixar, National Geographic, Star Wars, and Marvel Studios.

With all of these shows and movies being on Disney Plus, companies like Hulu and Netflix are going to have to give up all of their movies and TV shows that were made by Disney. This means that no one can watch any Disney movie or television show on any streaming service except for Disney Plus. Disney is also taking some programs from different film industries, more specifically 21st Century Fox’s programs, such as The Simpsons and The Sound of Music. So it is not just all Disney projects, but Disney is also taking from other companies as well.

Disney is not just taking back their movies and TV programs from competing companies, but they are also making brand new television shows and films that are coming out with Disney Plus. Like Netflix and their own original shows and movies like Stranger Things, Disney has made a whole line up of brand new original shows and movies that can only be seen through Disney Plus. There will be new live-action movies, spin-offs, original films, and so much more. With all of these new projects going onto Disney Plus, there will also be many old shows and movies going on as well. These old films will be anything from The Parent Trap, to Hannah Montana. Disney Plus will have all old, current, and new programs available to their customers.

Disney Plus is going to make it harder for the other straming services to match the content available on their website. Many viewers are being drawn from the old services to Disney Plus.  With this new competition, a lot of things are about to change. 

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Mattie Powers is a senior at Durant High School and a Staff Writer for the PawPrint newspaper. Not only is Mattie Powers involved in the PawPrint, but...

Trump attempts to investigate former President and First Lady Obama

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Barack and Michelle Obama have recently resurfaced in the White House. This caught social media’s attention when they informed the public on their plans after serving their two terms as President and First Lady. Their plans include book deals and Netflix partnerships, both first announced in May 2018. Both ventures will give the public an inside look as to what it was like being the first African American President and First Lady.

It was not a huge surprise when the couple announced their Netflix deal, since entertainment and politics are becoming increasingly intertwined. The Obamas created the joint production company, Higher Ground, to capture inspirational stories that will include controversial topics that the Obama family have experienced throughout the years. 

Their goal is to create  entertainment for a variety of ages, they believe their series will contain something for everyone to enjoy. Over the next couple of years, the Higher Ground production company will be releasing a number of series: American Factory, Bloom, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, Overlooked, Listen to Your Vegetables and Eat Your Parents, Fifth Risk and Crip Camp.

With the controversial information that will be supplied to produce these series, it has raised some questions with the current President. President Trump wants to advise an investigation on the Obamas’ “ridiculous” Netflix and book deal. With the Obamas’ book deal being worth around 65 million dollars and the Netflix partnership being an ‘high-8-figure’ deal. Trump has asked the government to look into the details.

Trump’s reasoning for this investigation suggestion was to focus the attention off him for a change as he says “…for the privilege of being your President – and doing the best job that has been done in many decades.”

 He mentions the Netflix deal on Twitter where he suggests Democrats look into Obamas’ business deals and not his own, as he has been under fire for quite awhile. 

As this is not Trump’s first time complaining about the former President, the media was not surprised when he threw out the investigation. President Trump hoped to push over the negativity on his own scandals asl well as the scandals of his administration such as Justice Kavanaugh’s, to the Obamas’ new business arrangement, although deals with Netflix and book contracts are legal and free to carry out. 

However, Trump’s attempt to deflect negativity about himself onto the Obamas might have failed greatly. The widespread use of social media networking has come back to say that if the investigation was turned around onto some of the tweets and plans Trump has made, this battle would be fast ending.

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Marina Hawkins is a junior at Durant and is Social Media Coordinator for the PawPrint newspaper. She is also part of the Varsity Cheer team at Durant....

Apple displays new IPhone 11

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Recently Apple fans met up at the Steve Jobs Theater for Apple’s special event on September 10 , to view the many new hardware products for the 2019-2020 year.

However, in the spotlight was the new IPhone 11 with the new widely recognized camera setup. With apple making the iPhone available for pre-order as of September 13 on their website, many apple users have been posting and retweeting about the new edition with many mixed feelings.

The new “pro camera system” has created much controversy on why Apple had decided to place these three camera lenses on the phone. Thousands of comments have been made over the last couple days on the cameras, creating memes and web postings on the “funny looking”cameras for the new IPhone 11.

These cameras have been compared to oven stoves and made fun of in many twitter post like the “Mitosis” meme, which is the most popular tweet based on the new release going around.

Although an abundant amount of people our making jokes about the new IPhone, Apple keeps it name by always having plenty in store with their products. The IPhone 11 will be available on September 20 for most service carriers and they anticipate on having an ample amount of buyers.

With Apples statement on the IPhone 11 having “Pro cameras. Pro display. Pro performance” consumers should be very happy with the new product with “just the right amount of everything.”

Not only are there new colors of the phone, the dual camera system will brighten up each of your photos taken, creating amazing memories. Also having one of the fastest chips ever in a smartphone; it makes using your everyday cellphone faster and more efficient for school, work or socializing. Along with being fast i, Apple has risen the stakes with their updated all-day battery life for long days spent on your phone.

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Marina Hawkins is a junior at Durant and is Social Media Coordinator for the PawPrint newspaper. She is also part of the Varsity Cheer team at Durant....

John Bolton’s disagreements with President Trump lead to termination

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September 10 brought an end to John Bolton’s two-year tenure with the Trump administration. The third National Security Advisor since 2016 has been known to disagree with President Trump over a variety of diplomatic issues.

In May of 2018, President Trump withdrew from the Iran Nuclear Deal, against the advice of Bolton. The deal was made in 2015 under the Obama administration and Bolton had been on record advocating for the United States’ presence in the negotiation.

President Trump also butted heads with Bolton in January of 2019. Turkish president, Tayyip Erdogan, refused to meet with Bolton to discuss U.S. troops in Syria. The meeting ended with both Bolton and the Turkish President angered with the conditions of the deal.

On May 26, Bolton condemned North Korea’s missile tests, noting how the tests violated the
resolution made by the United Nations Security Council. President Trump later tweeted about the missile
tests, noting how “some” of his administration were “disturbed”, but said that the missile launches did not
bother him. Many assumed this tweet was to made to undermine Bolton’s previous remarks.

In June, President Trump called off a last minute military strike in Iran that Bolton had supported
and in the following week, Bolton did not accompany President Trump and his delegation in the historic
North Korean summit with Kim Jong Un.

President Trump spoke with NBC that month and called Bolton a “hawk” and said he did not agree with many of his decisions.Last week, which turned out to be the last week of Bolton’s time in the White House, Bolton opposed President Trump’s controversial plan to meet with Taliban and Afghan leaders at Camp David.

President Trump and Bolton continue their disagreements even after Bolton left the White House.
Bolton claims that he had tendered his resignation, however President Trump tweeted that he “informed John Bolton…that his services were no longer needed at the White House.”

He referenced that he and Bolton had had many disagreements, but was thankful for Bolton’s service to the White House. Bolton was succeeded by Charles Kupperman who will be the new acting National Security Adviser.

How Dress Codes affect students differently.

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Dress code has been a long-term debate on whether it’s fair and unbiased, and students are beginning
to make their voices heard.Most school dress codes are the same, no tank tops, no shoulders, bottoms be fingertip length, and if you wear leggings, your shirt must cover your butt.

These policies are meant to ensure that there is no disruption to the learning environment, however, this does not seem to be the case for many schools nation-wide. Many students, especially females, are stepping out claiming that dress code policies are biased, sexist, and make them feel as though they are “distractions” instead of students.

This is shared by Oklahoma teen, Rose Lynn, pictured above, in 2015 as reported by Jordi Lippe-McGraw on TODAY. Lynn attends MacArthur High School in Oklahoma. One December morning she went and put on an outfit she believed to be appropriate based on the dress code. This outfit included a loose shirt, lengthy cardigan, and leggings. While at school that day she was sent home for said outfit and told that it was “deemed inappropriate and distracting” as reported by TODAY.

She did not let that stop her, she returned to the school wearing leggings and a lengthy white t-shirt that had stated in black marker ink “It doesn’t cover your crotch, you’ll distract the boys.”

This is what administration said to her before sending her home previously. She then later posted a picture of her outfit on social media along with a paragraph describing what happened and her opinion on the matter, and finished with a statement that read, “So once again, society has failed to advocate for young ladies, by confining them in a box, where they are stripped from their since of self-respect and self-expression.”

She also made claims on how her school is biased saying that is if she was “skin and bones or overweight” she would have been overlooked, but the fact that she is curvy is part of the reason she was singled out. And she isn’t the only teen to claim this.

A middle schooler in Maine has shown her determination in making her voice heard. At the time of the beginning of her movement, Molly Neuner, 11, of Portland, Maine, was sent home multiple times for the clothing she wore after
being told she would be a “distraction” towards males by at least two teachers, as reported by Danielle Waugh of NBC New York. After being told this, she claimed that “It just made [fellow students] feel uncomfortable”.

When she returned home, she discovered a hashtag that would not only inspire her, but many others. She returned to school the next day trying to make a statement. She did this by wearing a spaghetti strap tank top and wrote on her arm the hashtag “#iamnotadistraction.”

After seeing this, many students followed her lead by writing the same hashtags on their arms. After catching
the attention of multiple news outlets, schools began realizing that dress codes may be in need of reviewing.

When asked, Durant students did not hesitate to respond to the questions, “What is your opinion on school dress codes? Do you believe that they are biased or make females feel as they are a distraction?”

Senior Laura Bergman responded with the statement, “It’s stupid and teaches girls and boys to feel uncomfortable in their skin. It also teaches girls and boys what they should sexualize.”

Senior Gabbi Mora gave a similar response, “honestly, school dress code isn’t fair. Some girls show up breaking it every day and aren’t caught, but the second some innocent girl has her fingertips one inch past their shorts, it’s a problem, I don’t think it’s fair whatsoever.”

However, not all students agree with these statements. Emma Adcock, Junior, claims that “I believe if we didn’t have one then girls would be getting pregnant left and right. Dress codes protect both sexes.”

Students at Durant remain on both ends of the spectrum, and hopefully the new policies in place this school year are what we need. By updating the school dress code for the school year of 2019-2020, students can finally come to an agreement on what we need and what is to excessive, making guidelines that keep everyone happy, and no longer cause females to feel as if they are more of a distraction and less of a student.

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Faith Miller is a senior at Durant High School and is a Staff Writer for the Durant PawPrint. This year will be her fourth season on the varsity Durant...

Planned Parenthood withdraws from Title X

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On Monday, August 19th Planned Parenthood withdrew from the Title X program. Title X is a federal grant program used to provide family planning and healthcare services. The program allows low income families access to medical supplies and services: including contraception counseling, breast and cervical cancer screenings, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections, as well as pregnancy diagnosis and counseling.  

Title X is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, regulations regarding Title X have been revised and many clinics receiving funding are being censored on what they can speak about with their patients regarding abortion. The new regulations regarding the grant prohibit doctors from referring their patients to clinics or physicians that provide abortions.  Planned Parenthood attempted to persuade Congress to pass a bill nullifying the Presidents new regulations however, they were unsuccessful.

Acting President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Alexis McGill Johnson, released a statement stating the organization will “not be bullied” by the Trump administration, and has decided to withdraw from the grant. 

 According to National Public Radio the new regulations are prohibiting doctors from referring their pregnant patients to clinics that provide abortions. Many doctors are afraid this new set of rules will begin to negatively influence a doctor’s freedom in the exam room, compromising doctor patient relationships.  

Ted L. Anderson, President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, released a statement addressing the ACOG’s views on the new regulations. 

“Title X plays an essential role in ensuring that millions of women have access to the full range of reproductive health care. Restricting clinics that provide abortion referrals from receiving federal funding represents inappropriate intrusion in the patient-physician relationship and creates unnecessary limitations for patients to access non-abortion reproductive health care.”  

Roughly 4 million people rely on Title X funding in order to see a physician. Roughly 1.5 million of those patients are served through Planned Parenthood, the organization receives about $60 million dollars annually from the grant to aid the community in a range of health care related issues. (nytimes.com)

According to plannedparenthood.org in 2016 , “health centers used Title X funding to provide 720,000 Pap tests, more than four million STD tests (including HIV tests), and nearly one million women with breast exams.” 

President Trump released a statement regarding the adjustments to the Title X grant. “For decades, American taxpayers have been wrongfully forced to subsidize the abortion industry through Title X federal funding,” 

While taxpayers’ dollars indirectly support facilities that offer abortion services, the majority of the money granted to clinics is not funding abortion services. 

According to NPR.org, in a 2013-2014 budget report only 3% of the 10.6 million dollars funded abortion services the group provided that year. A large portion of the expenses was saved for STD/STI testing. 

   Planned Parenthood directly influences many of the lower-class citizens throughout America. By withdrawing from Title X the organization will be financially impacted due to the fact that the majority of their funding is through the government. Despite that Johnson has vowed to keep their doors open and to continue serving the public.

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