Some Conservative States Easing Access to Birth Control

Posted: March 31, 2019, 3:30 am

Some Conservative States Easing Access to Birth Control Several Republican-led state legislatures are advocating for women to gain over-the-counter access to birth control in what they say is an effort to reduce unplanned pregnancies and abortions, Ames, Iowa, March 15, 2019. AMES, IOWA — Several Republican-led state legislatures are advocating for women to gain over-the-counter access to birth control in what they say is an effort to reduce unplanned pregnancies and abortions.
State legislatures in Arkansas and Iowa, for example, are working on legislation that would allow women older than 18 the ability to receive birth control from a pharmacist rather than going first to a doctor for a prescription. The measures are seeing bipartisanship support in those states and come after similar laws have passed in nearly a dozen other states.
Iowa state legislators have proposed a bill that would allow women to access birth control directly from a pharmacist, Ames, Iowa, March 15, 2019. ​Ark..

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Republicans, Democrats Back to Battle Over US Health Care Law

Posted: March 27, 2019, 6:45 am

Republicans, Democrats Back to Battle Over US Health Care Law FILE – The Dome of the US Capitol building is visible on the morning of the State of the Union, Feb. 5, 2019. Health care has re-emerged as a major focus of U.S. political parties with the Trump administration advocating striking down the entire Affordable Care Act and Democrats introducing legislation to strengthen the law that has been in place since 2010.
The Justice Department on Monday backed a federal court ruling declaring the entire ACA unconstitutional on the basis that without the fines for not having health insurance, which a Republican-led Congress passed last year, the mandate for having coverage should not be allowed.
That went against the administration's earlier position that while some parts of the ACA should be struck down, not all of it should be thrown out.
SEE ALSO: Trump Administration Wants All of 'Obamacare' Struck Down Trump told reporters Tuesday he wanted alternatives to the law, ..

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Republican-led US Senate Rejects Green New Deal

Posted: March 27, 2019, 12:58 am

Republican-led US Senate Rejects Green New Deal U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) hold a news conference for their proposed Green New Deal at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Feb. 7, 2019. The Republican-led Senate Tuesday night voted against consideration of the Democratically-supported New Green Deal — the outline of an ambitious plan to get the U.S. off climate-changing fossil fuels.
The vote was 57 to zero against the green proposal. Forty-three Democrats only said “present” when their names were called, refusing to participate in what they say was a Republican sham vote and stunt.
The Green New Deal is a non-binding proposal to shift the United States away from oil, natural gas, and coal to renewable energy sources, including wind and solar power.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called it a “radical, top-down, socialist makeover of the entire U.S. economy,” noting it would cost millions of jobs and sharply drive up energy pr..

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Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Walks into Twitter Feud with Finland

Posted: March 21, 2019, 4:06 pm

Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Walks into Twitter Feud with Finland U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley speaks during the Hudson Institute's 2018 Award Gala Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in New York. Haley received the Global Leadership Award for her contributions as a champion of human rights and strong American leadership abroad. UNITED NATIONS — Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley found herself in a Twitter feud with the people of Finland on Thursday, after she commented unfavorably on their health care system.
Haley, a savvy politician who as President Donald Trump's United Nations ambassador from 2017 until December 2018, regularly topped opinion polls as the most popular member of his administration, ignited the Finns when she tried to take a swipe at a tweet by Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders.
Sanders, who has made universal health care one of his signature platforms, said it costs an average of $12,000 for a woman to have a baby in the United States,..

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US Senators Begin Probe of Rising Insulin Prices

Posted: February 22, 2019, 7:15 pm

US Senators Begin Probe of Rising Insulin Prices FILE – A syringe with insulin. WASHINGTON — Two U.S. senators launched an investigation into rising insulin prices on Friday, sending letters to the three leading manufacturers seeking answers as to why the nearly 100-year-old drug's cost has rapidly risen, causing patients and taxpayers to spend millions of dollars a year.
Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, the committee's top Democrat, sent letters to the heads of Eli Lilly and Co., Novo Nordisk A/S and Sanofi SA, the longtime leading manufacturers of insulin.
The senators pointed to similar, large insulin price increases at all three companies. Eli Lilly's Humalog, for instance, rose from $35 to $234 per dose between 2001 and 2015, a 585 percent increase, they wrote. Insulin has been available since the early 20th century.
The senators asked for information on the process used to determine..

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Trump to Bar Abortion Referrals by Family Planning Clinics

Posted: February 22, 2019, 3:52 pm

Trump to Bar Abortion Referrals by Family Planning Clinics President Donald Trump speaks at the Susan B. Anthony List 11th Annual Campaign for Life Gala at the National Building Museum, May 22, 2018, in Washington. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration said Friday that it would bar taxpayer-funded family planning clinics from referring women for abortions, a move certain to be challenged in court by abortion rights supporters.
The final rule released Friday by the Health and Human Services Department pleased religious conservatives, a key building block of President Donald Trump's political base.
The administration plan also would prohibit federally funded family planning clinics from being housed in the same location as abortion providers.
Planned Parenthood has said the administration appears to be targeting them, and calls the policy a “gag rule.”
The regulation was published Friday on an HHS website . It's not official until it appears in the Federal Register and the ..

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Americans ‘Alarmed’ by Climate Change Double in Just 5 years

Posted: February 12, 2019, 7:05 pm

Americans ‘Alarmed' by Climate Change Double in Just 5 years A woman displays a placard during a demonstration in New York on June 1, 2017, to protest US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the 195-nation Paris climate accord deal. NEW YORK — The proportion of Americans found to be “alarmed” by climate change has doubled in just five years, the pollsters behind a nationwide survey revealed on Tuesday.
Twenty-nine percent of respondents to the poll conducted last December by Yale and George Mason universities were in the alarmed category — an all-time high — and twice the percentage of those surveyed in 2013.
More than 1,100 adults across the United States were asked about their beliefs, attitudes and behaviors toward climate change.
The answers were then used to classify respondents into six groups, from dismissive, or least worried about climate change, to alarmed, for those most worried.
Those deemed dismissive of global warming represented 9 percent of res..

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Harrison Ford knocks Trump, Others Who ‘Denigrate Science’

Posted: February 12, 2019, 9:14 am

Harrison Ford knocks Trump, Others Who 'Denigrate Science' American actor Harrison Ford speaks about ocean conservation at the World Government Summit in Dubai, UAE, Feb. 12, 2019. Ford offered an emphatic plea for protecting the world's oceans while calling out U.S. President Donald Trump and others who “deny or denigrate science.” DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES — Harrison Ford offered an emphatic plea on Tuesday for protecting the world’s oceans, calling out President Donald Trump and others who “deny or denigrate science.”
The 76-year-old actor, best known for his roles in “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones,” stressed the importance of acknowledging the effects of climate change on the world in a speech on the closing day of the World Government Summit in Dubai.
SEE ALSO: As Arctic Chill Hits US, Trump Again Casts Doubt on Climate Change Though never saying Trump’s name, he clearly targeted the American president within the opening moments of his remarks.
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Leader of New Climate Panel Talks of Need for ‘Bold Action’

Posted: February 9, 2019, 8:38 am

Leader of New Climate Panel Talks of Need for ‘Bold Action’ FILE – In this April 1, 2014 file photo, Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., talks during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation on Capitol Hill in Washington. WASHINGTON — It does not yet have office space, staff or even Republican members, but Florida Rep. Kathy Castor is confident that a special House committee on climate change will play a leading role on one of the most daunting challenges facing the planet.
Castor, who chairs the new panel, says those early obstacles can be overcome as lawmakers move to reduce carbon pollution and create clean-energy jobs.
“The Democratic caucus is unified under the belief we have to take bold action on the climate crisis,” Castor said in an interview.
While that can take many forms, the transition to renewable energy such as wind and solar power is “job one,” she said.
SEE ALSO: Democrats Seek Green New Deal to Address Climate Change Castor, who’s in her seve..

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Washington State Considers Vaccine Bill Following Measles Outbreak 

Posted: February 8, 2019, 6:40 pm

Washington State Considers Vaccine Bill Following Measles Outbreak State Rep. Paul Harris R-Vancouver, center, talks to reporters, Feb. 8, 2019, following a public hearing at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., on a bill that would remove parents' ability to to opt school-age children out of the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. Lawmakers in the U.S. Northwestern state of Washington, which is battling a measles outbreak, are considering a bill that would prohibit parents from claiming a personal or philosophical exemption to their children receiving vaccinations.
Hundreds of people opposed to the bill lined up early Friday to attend a hearing in Olympia, the state capital, where lawmakers heard testimony from both supporters and opponents of the proposed bill.
The measure came after health officials reported at least 52 known cases of the measles in the state and four cases in the neighboring state of Oregon.
Current law
Washington state law requires children to be vacci..

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