Healthcare – Graham says abortion is a federal issue

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In an apparent turn – though he says otherwise – Senator Lindsey Graham
(Republika Srpska) said access to abortion “is not a matter of states’ rights”.

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Graham: Abortion is not a human rights issue

Senator Lindsey Graham (Republika Srpska) said on Tuesday that abortion “is not a state rights issue” as he continues to promote his legislation that would ban abortions nationwide after 15 weeks.

In an interview with Fox & Friends, Graham acknowledged that his legislation runs counter to conservative ideas of federalism and allows individual states to make their own laws.

  • This is not a state rights issue. “This is a human rights issue,” Graham said. “So, no matter what California or Maryland do… I will advocate for a minimum national standard.”
  • Graham’s comments come a week after he introduced the bill, the most serious effort yet by Congressional Republicans to pass abortion restrictions nationwide after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

sudden reversal: Graham, who said only last month that the Supreme Court made the right decision by leaving abortion decisions up to states, last week, said he saw no contradiction and was excited to act after Democrats’ attempts to embed abortion protections in federal law.

Graham said elected officials have the power to define and regulate abortion, including in Congress.

Abortion is not prohibited in America. It is up to America’s elected officials to determine the issue. States have the capacity to do this at the state level. “And we have the ability in Washington to talk about this issue if we want to,” Graham said at a news conference in advance of his bill. “I chose to speak.”

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CVS and Walmart reach $147 million opioid settlement

CVS and Walmart have each agreed to pay more than $147 million to settle lawsuits related to their alleged roles in the opioid crisis in West Virginia, state Attorney General Patrick Morrissey (right) announced Tuesday.

The state alleged that pharmacies failed to maintain effective controls as distributor and distributor against diversion that contributed to an oversupply of opioids in the state.

“These settlements will not restore lives lost to the opioid epidemic, but we hope that these and other settlements will provide significant assistance to those most affected by this crisis in our state,” Morrissey said in a statement.

Morrissey said Walmart agreed to a settlement of $65,070,000, and CVS agreed to a settlement of $82.5 million. The two were part of a larger trial involving other pharmacies that have not yet settled.

The litigation against the pharmacy’s remaining defendants – Walgreens and Kroger – continues before the mass litigation panel on June 5, 2023.

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TASK FORCE recommends a routine anxiety screening

A major federal committee recommended for the first time on Tuesday that all adults under the age of 65 be regularly screened for anxiety.

A draft recommendation from the US Preventive Services Task Force is not final, and comments are open until October 17, but recommendations from the committee are usually adopted.

The task force also recommended screening for major depressive disorder in adults.

The recommendation comes as the COVID-19 pandemic has increased anxiety and depression among many Americans.

“The good news is that screening all adults for depression, including pregnant and postpartum women, and screening adults under 65 for anxiety can help identify these conditions early so that people can be linked with care,” said Lori Pbert, one of the task forces. Member and co-author of Recommendations.

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1 in 10 Americans suffers from depression

A new study shows that a growing number of Americans suffer from depression and most do not seek or receive less treatment for a mental health disorder.

The study was published in American Journal of Preventive Medicine It found that nearly 1 in 10 Americans will experience depression in 2020, with rates of the mental health disorder rising among teens and young adults.

  • Researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and the City University of New York analyzed 2015-2020 data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a nationally representative survey of Americans age 12 and older.
  • Researchers found that in 2020, more than 9 percent of Americans age 12 and older had experienced a major depressive episode within the past year. The study authors note that depression has increased over the past several years, rising from 6.6 percent in 2005 to 7.3 percent in 2015.

Younger deviation: Depression, the most common mental disorder
In the nation, it was more prevalent among young adults aged 18-25 in more than
17 percent, up from 10.3 percent in 2015.

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Fauci: We are not ‘where we need to be’ over the pandemic

Anthony Fauci, the country’s top infectious disease expert, said Monday that the United States is not where it should be in terms of the coronavirus pandemic, a day after airing an interview with President Biden in which Biden said the “epidemic is over.”

in An interview with the Center for Strategic and International StudiesFauci, Biden’s chief COVID-19 adviser who last month announced his pending retirement from the government, said a lot depends on how the state deals with future virus variables.

“How we respond and how we prepare for these variables to evolve will depend on us. And that comes to the other conflicting aspect of this – the lack of uniform acceptance of the interventions available to us in this country where so far, more than two years, nearly three years, in the outbreak, we have had Only 67 percent of our population has been vaccinated, and only half of those got it in one go.

  • He noted that the country is still seeing more than 400 daily deaths due to COVID-19, although this number is down from the previous year.
  • But we’re not where we need to be if we’re going to be able to live with the virus, quote, because we know we’re not going to eradicate it. We’ve only done that with one virus, smallpox, and that was very different because smallpox doesn’t change from year to year, decade to decade, or even century to century.”

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what we read

  • Some people finally get their first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine (The Wall Street Journal)
  • Ad spending shows Democrats pinning their half hopes on abortion (AP)
  • Doctors say Graham’s abortion ban would force women to have a transvaginal ultrasound (NBC)

Country by state

  • The study found that nearly 1 in 4 Flint residents may experience PTSD after a water crisis (News letters)
  • New York City’s COVID vaccine mandate for the private sector ends November 1, stays for public sector workers (NBC New York)
  • Texas, battling teen pregnancy, reworks sex education standards (Kaiser Health News)


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