Hot News Stories (5/13/13)Posted: May 13, 2013
A new report finds the US has the highest infant death rate in the industrialized world. The alarming report has clear implications for U.S. policy, particularly the importance of investing in and expanding the reach of programs like Medicaid and Title X that make affordable pregnancy-related care and family planning services available to millions of women otherwise unable to obtain such care.
Chicago Tribune (Chicago, IL)
For decades, some public schools in Illinois have taught only abstinence in sex education classes. Now a commonsense proposal one step from the governor’s desk would require that birth control information be included by schools that choose to teach about sexual activity.
News Observer (Raleigh, NC)
GOP Senators in North Carolina are pushing an anti-choice bill requiring health instructors to teach students that abortions can cause premature births in later pregnancies, even though the World Health Organization, American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association and others don’t support the science behind this claim.
Politico (Washington, DC)
Forty years after the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade case legalized abortion, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the case is not her “ideal picture” for resolving the controversial issue of abortion.