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Voters approved measures supporting abortion in three states and rejected measures restricting it in two others.

The candidates and ballot measures that triumphed in the midterm elections prove that millions of voters are most energized by abortion access — not worries about inflation or crime - a lesson that both sides of the abortion debate will take into 2024. Read more»

Walmart, the nation’s largest employer, announced in an August memo to employees that it was expanding its abortion coverage. Nationwide, dozens of companies are offering to reimburse travel expenses for employees who cross state lines for an abortion.

Several major corporations are promising to pay travel expenses for employees who must leave their home states to receive a legal abortion, but these promises to invest in employee access to reproductive health care are fraught with risk, including potential retaliation by state officials. Read more»

Some states prohibit clinics that provide abortions from receiving public money for birth control.

Arizona and at least 16 other states have restrictions barring abortion clinics from receiving public contraception funds - though 1 in 3 low-income people who use contraception rely on Planned Parenthood or other publicly funded clinics to pay for the often-costly pills or devices. Read more»

States are making it easier for moms to keep Medicaid in the year after childbirth, a crucial time when depression and other health problems can develop.

A federal-state health care program for pregnant women is gaining momentum in a post-Roe America as 25 states have extended postpartum Medicaid coverage from two months to a full year after childbirth and eight additional states - including Arizona - have applications pending. Read more»

EMTALA requires emergency physicians to provide whatever treatment is necessary to protect the health and life of a patient. In most states that ban abortion, an exception is carved out for abortions performed to save the life of a patient — but not to protect the health of a patient.

Conflicting court decisions over state abortion laws and EMTALA - a federal law requiring hospitals and physicians to protect the health of all patients who enter an emergency room or labor and delivery department - could pave the way for a slew of new battles over medical treatment. Read more»

Activists protest the Supreme Court decision reversing Roe v. Wade on June 3, 2022. Expected on the 2024 ballots are citizen-initiated abortion rights amendments in Arizona and South Dakota.

The victory for abortion rights in a Kansas primary this month was the first direct expression of voter sentiment since the Supreme Court overturned the right to abortion - but experts on both sides remain circumspect about what the vote may mean for the future. Read more»

If federal courts allow state bans on mail-order abortion medications to take effect, legal experts predict the laws will be difficult to enforce without punishing the patient.

Receiving abortion medications through the mail after consulting with a physician is a gray area of the law that may take years of legal battles to resolve as it will be difficult to prove in courts that the FDA approval preempts state abortion bans, Read more»

Studies indicate child suicides are rising.

Suspected suicide attempts by young people ages 6-19 reported to U.S. poison centers increased 27% between 2015 and 2020 - the biggest surge in suspected suicides was among children ages 10-12, more than doubling in the six-year period. Read more»

More states have received approval from the federal government to extend Medicaid coverage after childbirth.

To boost health for low-income women, four states received approval from the federal government to extend Medicaid coverage for 12 months after childbirth, joining the seven states that already have extended coverage, with nine more waiting approval. Read more»

Some states are aiming to prevent rogue prosecutions of people who manage their own abortions.

With the Supreme Court expected to weaken or overturn the right to abortion in the months ahead, lawmakers and criminal justice officials in a handful of states are trying to prevent rogue legal actions against women determining pregnancy outcomes. Read more»

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration eased restrictions on abortion medications during the pandemic. Some lawmakers want to reverse that.

Since January, legislators in Arizona and at least 20 other states have proposed bills that would restrict or ban access to abortion pills approved more than two decades ago by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Read more»

As COVID-19 transmission plummets, some states are lifting mask mandates and other pandemic restrictions.

Polls indicate pandemic-weary Americans are desperate to get their old lives back, and as Omicron fades and scientists consider when to declare COVID-19 endemic - and, therefore, here to stay - in the United States, some states are beginning to lift pandemic restrictions. Read more»

Pro-choice sign at a Stop Abortion Bans rally in St Paul, Minn.

As the nation awaits a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that could significantly erode abortion rights, state laws on the issue have taken on a whole new meaning - soon, more than at any time in nearly half a century, obtaining an abortion will depend on where you live. Read more»

Nationwide, children and adolescents are back in school and showing signs of stress from the trauma they have experienced during the pandemic.

After more than 18 months of school closures and social isolation, the nation’s more than 50 million public school children are mostly back at their desks - but the grief, anxiety and depression children have experienced during the pandemic is welling over into classrooms. Read more»

Nationwide, many school nurses are performing double duties as they await help from the federal government under the American Rescue Plan Act.

Despite a severe nationwide shortage of registered nurses - and the unrelenting need in hospitals overrun with COVID-19 cases - much of the $500 million the American Rescue Plan Act set aside to bolster school-based health services will likely not be spent on fresh troops. Read more»

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