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Can adoption replace abortion? Experts say it’s a lot more complicated than it sounds

BY: - August 12, 2022

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Officials find problems with several more Louisiana nursing home evacuation sites

BY: - August 12, 2022

Hundreds of nursing home residents in southeast Louisiana may be still at risk for evacuating to inadequate or unsafe shelters through the end of this hurricane season, according to limited data the health department provided. 

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Louisiana makes moves to stretch monkeypox vaccine supply

BY: - August 10, 2022

The Louisiana Department of Health is encouraging health care providers to stretch the state’s meager monkeypox vaccine supply by splitting individual doses as much as five ways, following a federal government directive Wednesday that allows them to do so.   “This is a potential game changer for our monkeypox response, especially ahead of upcoming large events […]

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Facebook data used to prosecute Nebraska mother, daughter after alleged abortion

BY: - August 10, 2022

Police allege in court documents that Celeste Burgess, then 17 years old, told police in April that she had suffered a miscarriage in a bathtub at her home. She said she and her mom buried the stillborn, the documents show.

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Fear and uncertainty grip patients as abortion referral services struggle to keep up

BY: - August 8, 2022

Abortion referral services have seen a change in how they do their work, but despite restrictions that make it less possible to get an abortion in Ohio, clinics and non-profits definitely haven’t seen a shortage of need.

Federal officials declare a public health emergency for monkeypox

BY: - August 5, 2022

WASHINGTON —  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra announced Thursday a public health emergency for the monkeypox virus, which means the federal government can more quickly assist states with distributing vaccines and conducting testing and public health campaigns. “We’re prepared to take our response to the next level in addressing this virus, […]

With limited monkeypox vaccine, Southern Decadence is a concern for Louisiana

BY: - August 4, 2022

Louisiana is headed into one of the largest gatherings of gay and bisexual men in the country next month without nearly enough monkeypox vaccine to meet the demand – and with a shortage of vaccine nationwide during a growing outbreak of the virus.  Any person, regardless of gender or sexual history, can contract monkeypox, health […]

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Biden to sign order on out-of-state abortion access

BY: - August 3, 2022

President Joe Biden will sign an executive order Wednesday that aims to help pregnant patients cover the cost of travel to access abortion health care, a senior administrative official said. The executive order does not protect access to abortion, which was overturned in late June by the conservative majority of the Supreme Court when it […]

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Four members of U.S. Senate unveil bipartisan bill ensuring nationwide abortion rights

BY: - August 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of U.S. senators released legislation Monday that would codify Roe v. Wade, ensuring pregnant patients throughout the country once again have the right to an abortion. Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins, Virginia Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, Alaska GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Arizona Democratic Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said the measure, called […]

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These pregnancy conditions would allow for an abortion under Louisiana ban

BY: - August 1, 2022

The Louisiana Department of Health on Monday released a longer list of pregnancy and fetal conditions that could allow a person to terminate a pregnancy even with Louisiana’s abortion ban in place.  The list defines what lawmakers characterized as a “medically futile” pregnancy – one that is expected to produce a child who could live […]

Louisiana to receive 7,200 more doses of monkeypox vaccine in the coming weeks

BY: - July 29, 2022

The federal government has told Louisiana it can expect 7,200 more doses of the monkeypox vaccine to arrive in three different batches over the next four to six weeks. That’s on top of the approximately 2,000 doses the state has already received, for a total of 9,200 doses overall.  State health officials said the allocation […]

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Vulnerable to monkeypox in Louisiana, they struggle to get vaccine, care

BY: - July 29, 2022

It took New Orleans resident Jared Zeringue three days of incessant calling to find a dose of the monkeypox vaccine in Louisiana. First, he contacted New Orleans health care offices listed on the Louisiana Department of Health’s website as vaccine providers but couldn’t find anyone willing to give it to him. Then he called the […]