Health care – GOP prepares for Supreme Court ruling on Roe v. wade

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The Los Angeles Times answers a lingering question: How come cans of Arizona iced tea still cost 99 cents?

Today, Republicans are bracing for the possibility of the Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade as Oklahoma enacts a new abortion law.

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GOP prepares in case Roe vs. Wade is overturned

Republicans are working out their messaging strategy in case the Supreme Court overturns the landmark Roe v. Wade authorizing the right to abortion.

The GOP’s strategy is to lead with science-based arguments and portray abortion-rights supporters as extremists.

The Republican Study Committee, the largest conservative caucus in the House, sent out a memo last week advising members to deliver the message that “the left has the hardline stance” on abortion.

“Today’s left believes in an even more extreme position than Roe: taxpayer-funded, on-demand, up-to-birth abortion,” said the memo, first reported by National Review.

All eyes on the Supreme Court: Supreme Court Could Overturn Roe v. Wade when considering the constitutionality of a Mississippi law banning abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health.

If the landmark 1973 decision legalizing abortion is reversed, much of the most significant legislative and political movement will occur in Republican-controlled states that will have new authority to restrict abortion procedures.

Learn more here.

WH calls for action against Oklahoma abortion ban

The White House on Tuesday called on Congress to pass legislation codifying Roe v. Wade in response to an Oklahoma abortion law making it a crime to perform the procedure.

The Women’s Health Protection Act “would stop these attacks and codify this long-recognized constitutional right,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement on Tuesday.

She called Oklahoma’s abortion ban the nation’s “most restrictive legislation” on reproductive health.

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt (right) signed the bill on Tuesday, which states that performing an abortion is punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

The only exception is for abortions performed to save the life of the pregnant person.

“Make no mistake: today’s actions in Oklahoma are part of a disturbing national trend attacking women’s rights and the Biden administration will continue to stand with women in Oklahoma and across the country in the struggle to defend their freedom to make their own choices about their lives. future,” said PSAKI.

The law is one of a series of laws in Republican-led states aimed at curtailing reproductive rights and is likely to face legal challenges.

Similar bills in Arkansas and Alabama have been blocked by the courts.

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Tuesday issued warnings to two websites that the agencies said were illegally selling Schedule II stimulants, such as Adderall, without a prescription.

Both agencies said warning letters were sent to and for selling Adderall without a prescription and putting consumers at risk. These two websites have also not registered their online pharmacies, according to the government.

Consumers who purchased drugs from these sites were urged to discard the drugs and stop making such purchases.

As the FDA noted in its announcement, illegally marketed drugs are at risk of being counterfeit, expired, or contaminated when purchased.

DEA Administrator Anne Milgram has pointed out that the safety and legitimacy of pills purchased from these sites cannot be trusted.

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New insight into how the pandemic has affected STD reporting was released during STD Awareness Week.

Reports of sexually transmitted diseases plummeted in the early months of the pandemic, but saw a resurgence toward the end of 2020, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to the CDC’s 2020 STD Surveillance Report, cases of gonorrhea and syphilis increased by 10% and 7%, respectively, at the end of 2020 compared to 2019. However, chlamydia cases in 2020 fell by 13% compared to the previous one. year.

The drop in reported cases was most likely related to a decrease in STD testing and underdiagnosis instead of an actual drop in infections, the CDC noted.

Other factors that likely contributed to the drop in reports were declining in-person health care services, public health workers focusing more on COVID-19 than STDs, lack of insurance coverage illness due to unemployment and telemedicine services not catching certain infections.

Learn more here.

BA.2 now nearly 90% of US cases: CDC

Nearly 90% of new COVID-19 cases in the United States are now a more transmissible subvariant of omicron known as BA.2, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The data, which records infections for the week ending April 9, shows that 86% of cases are from the BA.2 variant.

The BA.2 variant is estimated to be about 30% more transmissible than the original omicron variant, which was already more transmissible than the delta variant.

The best news: There is no evidence that the BA.2 subvariant evades vaccines more or causes more severe disease.

This appears to be fueling a further rise in the number of cases, but it remains to be seen how big a surge there will be. There is so far no sign of the massive spike seen by the original omicron variant over the winter.

Experts point out that vaccinated and boosted people have strong protection against serious diseases.

Cases and hospitalizations are still at some of their lowest levels in the pandemic.

Learn more here.


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  • Driven by fentanyl, rates of fatal teen overdoses doubled in 2020 (Stat)
  • America Made Its Own Recall Problems (The Atlantic)


  • CDC warns of ‘large and ongoing’ meningitis outbreak in Florida among gay and bisexual men (USA Today)
  • Alabama law banning transgender drugs challenged in two lawsuits (CBS News)
  • State hospital loses federal funds due to repeated security issues (Montana Public Radio)


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