Parents and advocates scrutinize FDA delays in approving vaccines for young kids

BY: - June 30, 2022

Young children in the United States received for the first time this month the basic level of protection offered by coronavirus vaccines. But questions linger among parents and advocates about why the Food and Drug Administration didn’t act earlier to protect this age group. Justine Fox-Young is an Albuquerque-based attorney and mother of three children […]

Three-year abortion trends vary dramatically by state

BY: - June 30, 2022

A recent survey from the Guttmacher Institute documented an 8% rise in the number of abortions performed in the U.S. from 2017 to 2020, reversing what had been a nearly three-decade decline in people opting to terminate their pregnancies. But a closer look at the findings, drawn from a comprehensive survey of every known facility […]

U.S. HHS chief vows to protect abortion access, but says much depends on states

BY: - June 29, 2022

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra pledged Tuesday to work to preserve abortion access in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s “despicable” decision overturning Roe v. Wade — though the department’s specific actions will depend on how states seeking to limit abortion access proceed. Becerra said HHS would enforce federal laws to […]

US senators block commission that would have closed New Mexico VA clinics

BY: - June 29, 2022

Federal lawmakers say they’ve killed a plan by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to shutter four VA clinics in New Mexico. The Gallup, Las Vegas, Raton and Española clinics would have been closed under recommendations released in March. A 2018 law passed by Congress and signed by President Donald Trump requires VA plans to […]

Arizona’s Capitol surrounded by razor wire as abortion rights protests are planned for this week

BY: - June 28, 2022

The Arizona Capitol is surrounded by fencing and razor wire to keep abortion rights protesters away from the building. The fences and concertina wire were installed over the weekend by the Arizona National Guard at the request of the Arizona Department of Public Safety over the weekend amid ongoing protests over the U.S. Supreme Court’s […]

More rights at risk after Roe v. Wade is overturned

BY: - June 28, 2022

More nationally protected rights could be in danger using the same reasoning that upended Roe v. Wade. Same-sex marriages and sex, and birth control decisions were mentioned by Justice Clarence Thomas in his concurring opinion in the decision to end 49 years of upholding abortion rights across the United States. The original decision in Roe […]

Texas abortion groups file last-ditch suit to hold off ban for a bit longer

BY: and - June 28, 2022

Texas abortion providers are making a last-ditch effort to temporarily resume procedures by challenging a pre-Roe v. Wade abortion ban that has not been enforced for nearly a half-century, but that some abortion opponents argue could be enforced after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the constitutional right to an abortion. The providers filed […]

US Senate Democrats urge ‘bold action’ by Biden on abortion rights

BY: - June 27, 2022

Most of the Democrats in the U.S. Senate have signed on to a letter to President Joe Biden pressing him to “take immediate action” to protect abortion rights, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Friday ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.  The one-page letter, led by Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray of Washington […]

AROUND THE US: State leaders react, mobilize in wake of Supreme Court decision

BY: - June 25, 2022

Reaction was swift across the U.S. Friday as the U.S. Supreme Court erased almost 50 years of abortion law. Here is look at reports from states as reported by independent newsrooms affiliated with States Newsroom: Colorado abortion rights advocates face new, post-Roe reality In a landmark opinion handed down Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court brought an end to […]

Congress sends Biden historic gun safety legislation, with GOP support

BY: - June 24, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress on Friday cleared the most comprehensive federal gun safety legislation in nearly 30 years, a bipartisan package that will now head to President Joe Biden’s desk for his signature. In a 65-33  vote, the bill, comprised of eight provisions, passed the U.S. Senate late Thursday. The House on Friday joined, approving the […]

Voters ‘have the final word’ in protecting abortion rights, Biden says

BY: - June 24, 2022

President Joe Biden on Friday called for Congress to pass laws protecting abortion rights and for voters to elect pro-rights candidates on “a sad day for the country” after a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling on abortion. Biden pledged to fight for policies that protect abortion access, including interstate travel and access to federally approved […]

New Mexico reacts to Supreme Court decision flanked by states poised to outlaw abortion

BY: - June 24, 2022

The Supreme Court on Friday morning released its decision reversing a landmark abortion rights ruling and ending nearly 50 years of legality throughout the United States. With the ruling, advocates are shoved further into the fight for reproductive rights, which often seemed tenuous through the decades as state officials rolled out abortion restrictions and presented […]