Healthcare News July 31, 2012

  • Planned Parenthood, NARAL to score House abortion vote

    Groups that support abortion rights say they will score Tuesday’s scheduled vote in the House on legislation that would ban abortions after 20 weeks in the District of Columbia. 

    Planned Parenthood Federation of America and NARAL Pro-Choice America said they would inform their members and the public as to which lawmakers vote in favor of the District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. 

    Introduced by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) in January, the bill proposes prohibiting abortions past the 20-week gestation period solely in the District.

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: House to vote on DC abortion bill

    “Republicans have abandoned their own principles by attempting to impose this bill on the District,” said D.C. Del. Holmes Norton.

  • Court upholds Arizona law banning abortion after 20 weeks

    A federal court Monday upheld Arizona’s strict anti-abortion-rights law, which bans most abortion after the 20th week of pregnancy.

    The American Civil Liberties Union, which filed the lawsuit challenging Arizona’s law, said it plans to appeal immediately.

    The court said Arizona had made the case that a fetus can feel pain after 20 weeks, and therefore said the state has a legitimate interest in avoiding that pain by criminalizing many abortions.

    The House is set to vote this week on a bill, sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), that would outlaw abortion after 20 weeks in Washington, D.C.

    Judge James Teilborg said the Arizona law does enough to protect the life of a pregnant woman — a finding that the ACLU strongly disputed.

    “This law forces a sick, pregnant woman to wait until she is on the brink of disaster before her doctor can provide her medically appropriate care,” said Dan Pochoda, legal director of the ACLU of Arizona. “We will continue the fight to protect women’s health and to ensure they can get the care they need.”

  • GOP senators declare ‘Meat Monday’ in slap to USDA

    Two prominent Republican senators declared “Meat Monday” in a slap at the Department of Agriculture’s recommendation that people forgo animal products once a week.  

    Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and John Cornyn (R-Texas) publicized a photo of food containers from Hill Country, a barbecue chain with a location near the Capitol. The feast was purchased in response to the news last week that USDA was promoting “Meatless Mondays” as a way for employees to reduce their carbon footprint. 

    “In some of the toughest times they’ve seen in recent memory, Texas cattle ranchers and farmers deserve an administration who works with them,” Cornyn said in a statement, “not one who undermines them with boneheaded decisions from bureaucrats in Washington.” 

    A staffer said that there was “plenty to go around” for the two senators’ employees. The lunch included a total of 52 orders of barbecue beef sandwiches, brisket, sausage and ribs, as well as sides of cornbread and macaroni and cheese.

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