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reproductive rights, even pregnancy, threatened


the election swept into power leaders who believe that our constitutional guarantee of religious freedom is a license to discriminate.a leaked draft of a trump administration executive order proposed a sweeping interpretation of “religious freedom” that would allow organizations and businesses to circumvent legal protections against discrimination. this proposal echoes a controversial plan in indiana signed by now-vice president pence.discrimination for any reason is antithetical to true religious liberty, and it’s time for people of faith to raise their voices in opposition.california is fighting back. it is because of our faith, not in spite of it, that catholics for choice support the reproductive health non-discrimination act (rhnda), authored by assemblymember lorena gonzalez fletcher






agreement bars ad firm from targeting women entering clinics


boston — a settlement with a digital advertising company bars the firm from using a technology called geofencing to direct anti-abortion messages toward women entering reproductive health facilities in massachusetts, the state attorney general said tuesday.the agreement was reached after attorney general maura healey investigated whether copley advertising or john flynn, a brookline man identified as the firm’s manager and sole employee, was violating the state’s consumer protection laws. copley denied any wrongdoing.geofencing allows ads to be directed to the mobile devices of certain people when they enter a designated location. the technology also allows those devices to be tagged so the messages can continue to be sent to the user through apps or web browsers for up to 30 days after th






new mexico state sen gerald ortiz y pino proposes bill to stop freedom of consci


share thistagsabortionabortion banabortion based on genderabortion based on sexabortion billabortionsaccess to health carealliance for lifebill sharercatholiccatholic churchcatholicseugenicsgerald ortiz y pinohealth carenew mexicopro-abortionwomen's healthwomen's issueswomen's rightsnew mexico’s state senator, gerald ortiz y pino, introduced senate bill 282, which would repeal religious exemptions for participating in abortions.sb-282 states, “a hospital shall not refuse to provide a reproductive health service if withholding the reproductive health service would result in or prolong a serious risk to the patient’s life or health; and, where a failure to provide the reproductive health service would violate the medical standard of care owed the patient.”the legislation defines “reproductiv






state senate approves $1 billion for school construction, renovation


washington state senators passed a two-year construction budget that puts more money toward updating schools, mental health facilities and state water services.olympia — washington state senators passed a two-year construction budget that puts more money toward updating schools, mental health facilities and state water services.senators unanimously approved the capital budget thursday on a bipartisan vote. approximately $1.1 billion of the money is expected to go toward constructing, renovating and modernizing k-12 education facilities including small, rural school districts, skill centers and k-3 class-size reduction.the republican-controlled senate approved allocating approximately $113 million for flood-control and water-supply projects, and $164 million for drinking water loans and gra






kristof’s birth control advice hurts women and demeans the poor


nicholas kristof titled his recent new york times column “she’s 17 and needs birth control,” but given the rise of domestic sex trafficking and the proliferation of sexual exploitation of teens in our nation, a more fitting title might be “she’s 17 and being sexually exploited.” i should know. i was a teen girl who got “help” at a reproductive health clinic, which only concealed my abuse by a much older man.ironically, the “no questions asked” reproductive services provided at some women’s health clinics do nothing to prevent this kind of abuse, and may in fact prolong it. kristof’s article unwittingly provides an example of how easily young women’s exploitation goes unchecked. the health-care visit he describes fails to provide much in the way of true health care.kristof portrays a 17-yea






california politics updates: ice director's appearance at sacramento immigration


a measure that would bar employers from firing workers for having an abortion or giving birth to a child out of wedlock is getting pushback from religious groups who say such a bill would prevent them from requiring employees to act in accordance with their faith.under the bill by assemblywoman lorena gonzalez fletcher (d-san diego), employers would not be able to discipline or fire workers for any reproductive health decision, such as pregnancy, in-vitro fertilization or abortion."what this bill does is make sure that people can make the best healthcare decisions for themselves and for their families without the fear that they'll risk their livelihoods in doing so," rebecca griffin of naral pro-choice california, a sponsor of the measure, said at a wednesday afternoon hearing at the capit






california politics updates: ice director's appearance at sacramento immigration


a measure that would bar employers from firing workers for having an abortion or giving birth to a child out of wedlock is getting pushback from religious groups who say such a bill would prevent them from requiring employees to act in accordance with their faith.under the bill by assemblywoman lorena gonzalez fletcher (d-san diego), employers would not be able to discipline or fire workers for any reproductive health decision, such as pregnancy, in-vitro fertilization or abortion."what this bill does is make sure that people can make the best healthcare decisions for themselves and for their families without the fear that they'll risk their livelihoods in doing so," rebecca griffin of naral pro-choice california, a sponsor of the measure, said at a wednesday afternoon hearing at the capit






california politics updates: gov. brown takes his transportation plan on the roa


a measure that would bar employers from firing workers for having an abortion or giving birth to a child out of wedlock is getting pushback from religious groups who say such a bill would prevent them from requiring employees to act in accordance with their faith.under the bill by assemblywoman lorena gonzalez fletcher (d-san diego), employers would not be able to discipline or fire workers for any reproductive health decision, such as pregnancy, in-vitro fertilization or abortion."what this bill does is make sure that people can make the best healthcare decisions for themselves and for their families without the fear that they'll risk their livelihoods in doing so," rebecca griffin of naral pro-choice california, a sponsor of the measure, said at a wednesday afternoon hearing at the capit






anti-discrimination measure or blow to religious freedom? california bill sparks


a measure that would bar employers from firing workers for having an abortion or giving birth to a child out of wedlock is getting pushback from religious groups who say such a bill would prevent them from requiring employees to act in accordance with their faith.under the bill by assemblywoman lorena gonzalez fletcher (d-san diego), employers would not be able to discipline or fire workers for any reproductive health decision, such as pregnancy, in-vitro fertilization or abortion."what this bill does is make sure that people can make the best healthcare decisions for themselves and for their families without the fear that they'll risk their livelihoods in doing so," rebecca griffin of naral pro-choice california, a sponsor of the measure, said at a wednesday afternoon hearing at the capit






australia’s julie bishop pledges $9.5 million for planned parenthood | the globa


share thistagsabortionabortion based on genderabortion rateabortionsaustraliadefund planned parenthoodfijifunding abortionshealth carenepalplanned parenthoodplanned parenthood abortionvanuatuwomen's healthwomen's issueswomen's rightsaustralia’s foreign minister julie bishop announced that the government would send $9.5 million to support the overseas operations of planned parenthood, the massive abortion provider.“today i announce the australian government will continue our partnership with the international planned parenthood federation to deliver the sexual and reproductive health program in crisis and post crisis settings (sprint) in the indo-pacific region,” bishop said.“the government will provide $9.5 million over three years to the sprint program to strengthen sexual and reproductiv






working model of female reproductive system has first period / boing boing


the evatar is a working model of a reproductive system made from a mouse ovary and bits of a human uterus, cervix, vagina, fallopian tubes, and liver. developed by northwestern university researcher teresa woodruff and her colleagues, the evatar is intended to help better test the effects of medicines and toxins on women. and now it's completed its first full menstrual cycle. from national geographic: the tissues produced hormones that coursed through the miniature reproductive system, their levels rising and falling over 28 days. eventually, multiple synthetic systems could be linked up to essentially create a “human in a dish,” some researchers hope, reducing the need to experiment directly on people or animals. and scientists hope such devices could one day use a patient’s own tissues t






the world's first 'period' in a dish could revolutionize reproductive medicine


image: shutterstock/vchal, gizmodo the female menstrual cycle is a rite of passage into womanhood that for centuries has been shrouded in mystery and taboo. pliny the elder, for one, believed that menstrual blood could turn crop fields barren. just last century, one scientist floated a theory that menstrual blood contained a poison that caused women to turn wine into vinegar. let’s not even start on the rumors that a burnt toad can ease a heavy flow.advertisementnow, as though peeling away the mystique of womanhood once and for all, scientists at northwestern university have used tissue cultures to create a miniature 3d model of the female reproductive tract: ovaries, fallopian tubes, and other reproductive organs, connected together to mimic the functions of a 28-day menstrual cycle. this






the world's first 'period' in a dish could revolutionize reproductive medicine


image: shutterstock/vchal, gizmodo the female menstrual cycle is a rite of passage into womanhood that for centuries has been shrouded in mystery and taboo. pliny the elder, for one, believed that menstrual blood could turn crop fields barren. just last century, one scientist floated a theory that menstrual blood contained a poison that caused women to turn wine into vinegar. let’s not even start on the rumors that a burnt toad can ease a heavy flow.advertisementnow, as though peeling away the mystique of womanhood once and for all, scientists at northwestern university have used tissue cultures to create a miniature 3d model of the female reproductive tract: ovaries, fallopian tubes, and other reproductive organs, connected together to mimic the functions of a 28-day menstrual cycle. this






scientists replicate periods in a petri dish


the biggest obstacle to studying functioning organs is the fact they’re hidden within the body, so scientists turned to building tiny replicas to study diseases and drugs on organ chips before moving onto the real thing. the challenge of performing this procedure to examine the female menstruation cycle is the involvement of multiple organs and a whole lot of hormones, but their persistence paid off.voila! period in a petri dish!in case it’s been awhile since you reviewed the intricate workings of the female reproductive system, this excerpt from the study recently published in nature communications explains the complicated nature of the problem:the female reproductive tract is required for the production of ova, secretion of sex hormones and the maintenance of pregnancy throughout the ges






state plans online 'report card' for you to gauge assisted-living facilities


for decades, minnesota families seeking senior living arrangements for their elderly loved ones have found themselves casting about in an informational void.but a proposal by the minnesota department of human services would create the state’s first standardized system for measuring the quality of assisted-living homes — a fast-growing but lightly regulated industry that now serves more than 50,000 minnesotans in nearly 1,200 facilities. the proposal would create an online “report card” that would allow people to compare assisted-living facilities based on quality of life, safety and other measures. it would be modeled after an existing report card developed more than a decade ago for nursing homes.more minnesotans now live in assisted-living homes than in nursing facilities, but assisted-l






state plans online 'report card' for you to gauge assisted-living facilities


for decades, minnesota families seeking senior living arrangements for their elderly loved ones have found themselves casting about in an informational void.but a proposal by the minnesota department of human services would create the state’s first standardized system for measuring the quality of assisted-living homes — a fast-growing but lightly regulated industry that now serves more than 50,000 minnesotans in nearly 1,200 facilities.the proposal would create an online “report card” that would allow people to compare assisted-living facilities based on quality of life, safety and other measures. it would be modeled after an existing report card developed more than a decade ago for nursing homes.more minnesotans now live in assisted-living homes than in nursing facilities, but assisted li






state plans online 'report card' for you to gauge assisted-living facilities


for decades, minnesota families seeking senior living arrangements for their elderly loved ones have found themselves casting about in an informational void.but a proposal by the minnesota department of human services would create the state’s first standardized system for measuring the quality of assisted-living homes — a fast-growing but lightly regulated industry that now serves more than 50,000 minnesotans in nearly 1,200 facilities.the proposal would create an online “report card” that would allow people to compare assisted-living facilities based on quality of life, safety and other measures. it would be modeled after an existing report card developed more than a decade ago for nursing homes.more minnesotans now live in assisted-living homes than in nursing facilities, but assisted li






state plans online 'report card' for consumers to gauge assisted-living faciliti


for decades, minnesota families seeking senior living arrangements for their elderly loved ones have found themselves casting about in an informational void.but a proposal by the minnesota department of human services would create the state’s first standardized system for measuring the quality of assisted-living homes — a fast-growing but lightly regulated industry that now serves more than 50,000 minnesotans in nearly 1,200 facilities. the proposal would create an online “report card” that would allow people to compare assisted-living facilities based on quality of life, safety and other measures. it would be modeled after an existing report card developed more than a decade ago for nursing homes.more minnesotans now live in assisted-living homes than in nursing facilities, but assisted-l






meet the company that’s looking to make non-surgical male birth control a realit


while the male birth control pill is still a fiction (that may never become fact), a new company called contraline is working to make at least one non-surgical, reversible birth control procedure a reality.the new technology is aiming to be one small (snip-less) step for men, and one giant leap for male contraception.based in charlottesville, va., contraline is the culmination of four years of research conducted by the company’s chief executive kevin eisenfrats at the university of virginia.ever since eisenfrats shadowed operating room physicians in his senior year at the academy of allied health science high school in his hometown of monmouth, nj the now 23-year-old chief executive was fascinated by reproductive health.“there are so many problems at the center of reproductive medicine and






meet the company that’s looking to make non-surgical male birth control a realit


while the male birth control pill is still a fiction (that may never become fact), a new company called contraline is working to make at least one non-surgical, reversible birth control procedure a reality.the new technology is aiming to be one small (snip-less) step for men, and one giant leap for male contraception.based in charlottesville, va., contraline is the culmination of four years of research conducted by the company’s chief executive kevin eisenfrats at the university of virginia.ever since eisenfrats shadowed operating room physicians in his senior year at the academy of allied health science high school in his hometown of monmouth, nj the now 23-year-old chief executive was fascinated by reproductive health.“there are so many problems at the center of reproductive medicine and






meet the company that’s looking to make non-surgical male birth control a realit


while the male birth control pill is still a fiction (that may never become fact), a new company called contraline is working to make at least one non-surgical, reversible birth control procedure a reality.the new technology is aiming to be one small (snip-less) step for men, and one giant leap for male contraception.based in charlottesville, va., contraline is the culmination of four years of research conducted by the company’s chief executive kevin eisenfrats at the university of virginia.ever since eisenfrats shadowed operating room physicians in his senior year at the academy of allied health science high school in his hometown of monmouth, nj the now 23-year-old chief executive was fascinated by reproductive health.“there are so many problems at the center of reproductive medicine and






nasa highlights facilities during super bowl week | video


a football is symbolically thrown by an astronaut on the space station to the johnson space center and other facilities to highlight their work.






trump administration to eliminate its funding for u.n. population fund


the trump administration has decided to eliminate funding for the united nations population fund next year after determining that the family planning organization supports abortion and forced sterilization in china.the defunding decision, which was quickly condemned by advocates for women's health and reproductive choices, was based on a determination made last week by the state department. it will result in the loss of $32.5 million in funds for the u.n. program in the upcoming budget year. a state department official said the money will be redirected to usaid programs that support family planning, maternal and reproductive health activities in developing countries.shortly after his inauguration, president donald trump reinstated a reagan-era ban on u.s. funds going to any international o






it’s time to step up to protect planned parenthood from republicans


this article originally appeared on medium. by day (and many nights), i like making people laugh. but lately, the last thing i’ve felt like doing is laughing — not when women’s health and reproductive rights are under attack like never before. in congress and in many state legislatures, republicans are actively planning to defund planned parenthood.…






report: va not tracking true health care delays in 2 states


raleigh, n.c. (ap) — government inspectors say actual delays in delivering medical care to military veterans remain far worse at veterans affairs medical facilities in north carolina and virginia than internal records showed.u.s. sen. richard burr of north carolina said friday the new report by the veterans affairs department’s inspector general found 90 percent of the vets eligible to see private doctors because of long va delays weren’t getting the help they were due.inspectors estimated that more than one-third of new patient appointments had wait times of longer than 30 days. va appointment records showed only about 10 percent were delayed that long.inspectors studied north carolina va medical facilities in asheville, charlotte, durham, fayetteville, greenville, kernersville, salisbury






women crush gop rep. for saying obamacare has ‘taken over’ his body


rep. steve king (r-ia), a staunch opponent of abortion rights, complained on tuesday that the federal government had “taken over” his body by enacting health care reforms. speaking to cnn’s chris cuomo, king insisted that a complete repeal of the affordable care act was the only acceptable way to move forward. “you know the central thing for me on this,” the republican congressman opined. “the federal government has taken over the management of our health, our skin and everything inside it. free people, the recipients of god-given liberty — and that is a foundation for american vigor — have had our health taken over the federal government.”“that steps on american liberty,” he added. “and it just diminishes the vitality of our country. i want people to have their own responsibilities.”women






denying full range of reproductive services — including abortion — a form of vio


status of women minister maryam monsef says denying access to the full range of reproductive services — including abortion — is a form of violence against women.“reproductive health rights in canada and around the world are critical to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls,” monsef said thursday in an interview with the canadian press.“we’re committed to making sure that women and girls have that choice, because otherwise, this is a form of gender-based violence.”that is why status of women canada, the agency she leads, is giving planned parenthood ottawa $285,000 for a three-year project aimed at improving local services for women and girls who face barriers to their reproductive rights, such as being coerced into either pregnancy or abortion, or having trouble






from patients to hospitals, much at stake in obamacare debate


you might easily get lost in the numbers when lawmakers in washington discuss replacing obamacare subsidies with tax credits and changing the payment structures for medicaid.to see more clearly what’s at stake in the sometimes mind-numbing debate about whether to overhaul or outright scrap the affordable care act, look around san diego county.for example, those federal subsidies covered nearly two-thirds of the premiums that local residents enrolled in obamacare health exchanges paid last year. that’s an average of $440 per month going toward health coverage for each of the more than 106,000 people scattered across the region.the expansion of the medicaid program, called medi-cal in california, added 264,295 mostly single and low-income san diegans to the insurance rolls in recent years, a






from patients to hospitals, much at stake in obamacare debate


you might easily get lost in the numbers when lawmakers in washington discuss replacing obamacare subsidies with tax credits and changing the payment structures for medicaid.to see more clearly what’s at stake in the sometimes mind-numbing debate about whether to overhaul or outright scrap the affordable care act, look around san diego county.for example, those federal subsidies covered nearly two-thirds of the premiums that local residents enrolled in obamacare health exchanges paid last year. that’s an average of $440 per month going toward health coverage for each of the more than 106,000 people scattered across the region.the expansion of the medicaid program, called medi-cal in california, added 264,295 mostly single and low-income san diegans to the insurance rolls in recent years, a






the sierra club has become a pro-abortion advocacy group


to explore, enjoy, and protect the wild places of the earth;to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth’s ecosystems and resources;to educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment; and to use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.this is the mission statement of the sierra club, the nation’s largest and most influential gr roots environmental organization, which has been in existence for the past 125 years.however, it appears protecting the forests, the waters and the endangered species is not the only thing on their agenda. a new part of the sierra club’s advocacy tentacles has spread to the arena of abortion.in fact, sierra club executive director michael brune said, in not so many words: the killing of unborn ba






minneapolis park board expands tobacco ban


by early may, minneapolis residents and visitors will enjoy completely tobacco-free city parks, recreation facilities and buildings.the park board voted unanimously wednesday to ban the use of all tobacco products at parks and park facilities. officials said that the stringent smokefree rules are an effort to curb smoking and promote healthy living, rather than a punitive act against smokers."we hear from a lot of folks that have asthma and that find it difficult to be around tobacco smoke, and that's a negative impact for their ability to be active in the system," said commissioner steffanie musich, who spearheaded the ban effort."we're making sure that we're passing policies that keep the parks welcoming for all users."the new policy covers a wide range of tobacco products, including ele






minneapolis park board expands tobacco ban


by early may, minneapolis residents and visitors will enjoy completely tobacco-free city parks, recreation facilities and buildings.the park board voted unanimously wednesday to ban the use of all tobacco products at parks and park facilities. officials said that the stringent smokefree rules are an effort to curb smoking and promote healthy living, rather than a punitive act against smokers.“we hear from a lot of folks that have asthma and that find it difficult to be around tobacco smoke, and that’s a negative impact for their ability to be active in the system,” said commissioner steffanie musich, who spearheaded the ban effort.“we’re making sure that we’re passing policies that keep the parks welcoming for all users.”the new policy covers a wide range of tobacco products, including ele






health4me


save time managing your health care. the unitedhealthcare health4me mobile application is designed to help you find the answers you need. whether you want to find physicians or pharmacies near you, check the status of a claim, manage prescriptions or estimate your health care costs, health4me is your go-to resource for everything related to your health and is designed to be: mobile. it goes where you go. use the location search feature to find a physician, pharmacy or facility near you. whether you need a specialist or general practitioner, the largest selection of network doctors is at your command. personal. from emailing your health plan id card information to checking on medical spending accounts, health4me is the resource that is designed to work for you. and you can rest ured that






state falls short in checking criminal histories of workers in child care and se


workers in state-licensed care facilities for children and the elderly are not undergoing sufficient screening of criminal histories to protect their vulnerable clients, a state audit concluded tuesday.the state department of social services licenses and oversees 70,000 community care facilities, including child care facilities, foster family homes and care facilities for seniors.“this report concludes that social services does not receive all of the information it needs to protect vulnerable clients,” state auditor elaine howle wrote to gov. jerry brown and the legislature.the audit found that the state department of justice last year stopped providing sentencing information to the social services department concluding that state law does not explicitly require it to share that informatio






columbia pacific expands into india senior care market


seattle-based columbia pacific management, an investment firm that runs health-care facilities in a half dozen countries, has purchased serene senior care for an undisclosed amount.seattle-based columbia pacific management is entering india’s senior housing market after acquiring an indian company that operates four such communities.columbia pacific management, an investment firm that runs health-care facilities in a half dozen countries, has purchased serene senior care for an undisclosed amount. under the serene brand, columbia pacific will operate and provide services to senior care communities in india in which residents purchase their own retirement villas, apartments or houses, the company said in a news release.columbia pacific also plans to more than quintuple the number of units u






minneapolis park board expands tobacco ban


by early may, minneapolis residents and visitors will enjoy completely tobacco-free city parks, recreation facilities and buildings.the park board voted unanimously wednesday to forbid the use of all tobacco products at parks and park facilities. officials said that the stringent smoke-free rules are an effort to curb smoking and promote healthy living, rather than a punitive act against smokers.the new policy covers a wide range of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco. the only exception allows tobacco use for traditional american indian practices.the park board passed a similar policy in 2009 but focused only on playgrounds, athletic fields and buildings.according to a recent survey conducted by the minneapolis healthier parks initiative, 67 percent of ci






planned parenthood opponents, supporters rally in st. paul


st. paul, minn. — abortion opponents prayed, marched and chanted outside of planned parenthood in st. paul as a much larger crowd of the organization's supporters rallied nearby.the demonstration saturday was one of hundreds scheduled nationwide calling for the elimination of federal funding for planned parenthood.in st. paul, a couple of hundred men, women and children rallied, some carrying signs such as "defund planned parenthood."andy labine (lah-been') of ramsey, minnesota, says he believes planned parenthood is operating "under a veil of health care."thousands of chanting counter protesters, some wearing pink "pussyhats," rallied nearby, carrying pink signs saying "i stand with planned parenthood."kathy brown of minneapolis came to support planned parenthood. she says the organizatio






wisconsin seeks funds restored for juvenile justice programs


madison, wis. — wisconsin officials are seeking the restoration of federal grants they haven't been able to tap into for the past two years to fund juvenile justice programs.federal justice officials froze more than $2.1 million in unspent federal grants dating back to 2011 during their most recent audit, which concluded wisconsin didn't have an adequate system for monitoring facilities where juveniles are held, wisconsin public radio (http://bit.ly/2kqjlrk) reported.wisconsin deputy attorney general paul connell sent a letter to the u.s. department of justice in december requesting that frozen grant funds from 2011 to 2015 be restored.the state is still waiting for an answer.federal officials informed state officials in 2014 that they would conduct an audit looking into whether the wiscon






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