U.S. Sen. Rick Scott wants Senate vote to end military COVID-19 vaccine mandate

BY: - November 30, 2022

Arguing that the requirement that all members of the U.S. Armed Forces must be vaccinated against COVID-19 is hurting military readiness, a group of at least 13 Republican U.S. senators – including Florida’s Marco Rubio and Rick Scott – said Wednesday they won’t support an annual military funding bill unless the Senate votes on an […]

Rokita advances complaint against Bernard to Indiana Medical Licensing Board

BY: - November 30, 2022

Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita on Wednesday sent a complaint against an Indianapolis-based doctor who is at the center of a controversial abortion case to the Indiana Medical Licensing Board. The Republican attorney general said in a statement that Dr. Caitlin Bernard “failed to immediately report the abuse and rape of a child to Indiana authorities” […]

Severe pregnancy complications are affecting Black women in Ohio the most

BY: - November 28, 2022

Urban centers are seeing the highest rates of pregnancy complications for Ohio women, followed by Appalachia, with Black women being impacted the most, a new report says, pointing to systemic racism, a lack of health care access, and poor community conditions. Not only are there disparities in general maternal health, but also in maternal morbidity: […]

Thousands of veterans deluge VA with claims for toxic exposure benefits, health care

BY: - November 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is processing claims at the fastest rate in its history, hoping to avoid a significant backlog as hundreds of thousands of veterans apply for health care and benefits under the landmark toxic exposure law Congress passed earlier this year. The day after President Joe Biden signed the […]

Georgia Supreme Court restores state’s strict six-week abortion ban, for now

BY: - November 23, 2022

Most abortions are now once again illegal in Georgia because of a state Supreme Court decision. Last week, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert C. I. McBurney blocked the state’s controversial law, which bans abortions once cardiac activity is detected in the fetus, typically six weeks into a pregnancy, before most women know they are […]

Anti-abortion protesters filled the rotunda of the FL Capitol building as lawmakers convened

BY: - November 22, 2022

Well over a hundred anti-abortion protesters gathered on the 4th floor of the rotunda in the Florida Capitol building on Tuesday, shouting out “make Florida totally abortion free,” as the Florida Legislature convened Tuesday for an organizational session ahead of the 2023 regular session. While lawmakers could hear the chanting, the two new GOP leaders, […]

Two communities find a cure for medical debt: pandemic stimulus funds

BY: - November 21, 2022

Local governments in Ohio and Illinois are using American Rescue Plan Act money to relieve residents struggling with medical debt by partnering with an organization that buys debt and wipes the slate clean for debtors. It’s a strategy advocates say could be duplicated across the country to help erase a multibillion-dollar problem. On Nov. 9, […]

Pro-abortion activists may be scarce while anti-abortion crowd rallies Tuesday at the Capitol

BY: - November 18, 2022

While anti-abortion activists plan to rally on the Florida Capitol grounds and inside the building Tuesday, abortion rights groups may not be around to counter their messaging. That’s because Planned Parenthood advocates for abortion access told the Florida Phoenix that they don’t have current plans to organize a protest or rally that day, when the […]

As utilities spend billions on transmission, support builds for independent monitoring

BY: - November 18, 2022

An aging electric grid, fossil fuel power plant retirements, and a massive renewable electricity buildout are all contributing to a boom in transmission and distribution wire projects by electric utilities across the country. In 2020, investor-owned electric utilities spent $25 billion on transmission, up from $23.7 billion in 2019, figures that the Edison Electric Institute, which […]

Migrant women endured medical mistreatment at Georgia ICE facility, U.S. Senate report finds

BY: - November 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — Members of the U.S. Senate on an investigation panel on Tuesday grilled federal immigration officials about a bipartisan report that detailed how migrant women at an immigration detention center in Georgia underwent questionable gynecological procedures. The U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Permanent Investigations released an 18-month bipartisan report that found migrant women who were detained at Irwin […]

Abortion foes press DeSantis for quick action on additional abortion restrictions

BY: - November 10, 2022

Anti-abortion activists plan to rally at the Florida Capitol when the Legislature gathers there on Nov. 22 to reorganize following the midterm elections and demand that lawmakers take up new restrictions on the procedure before the end of the year. Gov. Ron DeSantis has proposed a special session within that frame to approve property tax […]

At U.N. conference, Pelosi, Castor tout ‘real concrete action’ on billions of climate projects

BY: - November 10, 2022

Speaking at the U.N. Climate Change Conference on Thursday, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Kathy Castor said there is more work to be done, but recent climate change legislation signed by President Joe Biden allows the United States to participate at a higher level on the global stage when it comes to reducing […]