Washington, D.C., passed a bill that attempts to counter a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision allowing for closely-held businesses to be exempted from the federal birth control mandate.
In a unanimous vote taken Wednesday, the Council of the District of Columbia passed a bill that apparently conflicts with the Supreme Court decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby.
B20-0790, or the Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act of 2014, was introduced in May by Councilmember David Grosso a few months after the Court heard oral arguments in the case. more >>
Robin's contractions had started yet she was standing with me in the pouring rain at the University of New Mexico in front of a Students for Life's display about the consequences of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, the infamous Supreme Court decisions that legalized abortion throughout all nine months of pregnancy. A member of the leadership team of the UNM Students for Life and one of the founding members of its campus' Pregnant on Campus outreach program, she wanted to be there to talk to her fellow students about abortion.
Robin could have related to almost any student on a college campus who was pregnant. The awkward stares. The cluelessness about where to go for special housing for parenting students. The anxiety about figuring out how to finish her education while caring for her baby. Sorting through Google trying to find resources for pregnant students on campus.
Becoming unexpectedly pregnant while in college can be a scary situation for most women, and many of these students have no idea about the resources available to them on their college campuses to help them stay in school and parent their children. more >>
With the Supreme Court's June decision to not review the law this session, California Senate Bill 1172 has gone into effect. It joins a similar law in New Jersey that is currently working its way up the court system on appeal. The California law subjects every licensed mental health professional in California to disciplinary action and potential loss of licensure if they are found to have attempted to assist a minor client in the goal of modifying unwanted same-sex attractions and behaviors.
While no responsible professional works with youth coerced into such psychotherapy, these laws apply even when adolescent clients and their parents freely seek out such care. Because many more states are expected to introduce similar laws in upcoming state legislative sessions, we think the public and policy makers can learn from our experience as the two lead plaintiffs against the State of California. To this end, we mention just a few of the many concerns about the process through which these laws are being enacted.
Ideological uniformity. While the American Psychological Association (APA) does much good, its stances on debatable social issues such as those involving sexual orientation are firmly and consistently left-of-center, which may be one reason why its total membership represents only a minority of psychologists in America. Two examples from the many we could cite illustrate this point. more >>
The whole country has heard the saga of the President's sore throat. Many people who have a similar problem—or a true emergency—might compare his treatment with theirs.
For a complaint of an apparently mild sore throat lasting a couple weeks, the President reportedly got an ENT consult, a fiberoptic ENT examination, and a CT scan of the neck because some "swelling" was noticed. The scan was done on a Saturday afternoon to suit the President's convenience. According to an article in the Arizona Daily Star, an opening occurred in the Presidential schedule when rain caused the cancellation of his golf game. Then a diagnosis of acid reflux was announced, and unspecified "appropriate" treatment was prescribed.
Now suppose you, as a beneficiary of ObamaCare, developed this symptom. There would be no motorcade to an iconic medical center. Instead, you would need to seek an appointment with your PCP (primary care provider). Several weeks later, you might see the first available "provider"—probably a nurse practitioner or physician assistant. more >>
With the recent attention to race, discrimination, and violence in the news, there's a major racist organization that's been entirely ignored by the mainstream media: Planned Parenthood.
Yes, you heard me right. Planned Parenthood – all too often thought of as merely a "women's health care provider – is actually America's abortion giant and racist to boot.
Not only does Planned Parenthood constantly erect new clinics in areas of cities where minorities live in larger numbers, but the organization has also been caught on tape happily accepting donations to specifically target Black babies for abortion. more >>
"Call it the stupidity of the American voter," MIT economist Jonathan Gruber said in explaining how "Obamacare" got passed. Rather than being a "glib" and "thoughtless" remark, as Gruber testified to Congress Tuesday, his supposed "gaffes" are actually a clearly articulated explanation of the philosophy upon which the new healthcare law is based.
Generally speaking, liberal healthcare reforms, like the Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," attempt to control the growth of healthcare costs through greater government control over the healthcare industry; alternatively, conservative healthcare reforms, like two bills that were introduced (but never passed) in the U.S. House, attempt to control the growth of healthcare costs through greater empowerment of healthcare consumers.
Most conservative reform proposals, for instance, suggest providing Americans with the means to purchase their own health insurance, such as through a voucher or tax credit. These reforms also often include allowing consumers to purchase health insurance across state lines, tort reform to lower the costs of malpractice insurance for doctors and high-risk pools for the special cases when healthcare costs are way above average. more >>