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    PNS Daily News - May 3, 20160 


    Taking a look at what’s making news today: the Supreme Court backs away from a minimum raise challenge; working women want their struggles addressed by candidates; and Americans are encouraged to re-discover the joys of being unplugged.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention

Survivors of sexual assault are concerned over the impact of HB2 on public safety. (Jlhopgood/flickr.com)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Survivors of sexual assault are speaking out on the potential impact of the controversial House Bill 2 legislation. Andrea Pino, a former student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, was raped by a fellow student in 2012. She feels the legislation places more people ...Read More

The Arizona Legislature, currently meeting in the state Capitol, is close to approving a bill that would make it easier to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers in the state. (DustyPixel/iStock)

PHOENIX - The Arizona Legislature is close to final passage of a bill designed to make it easier to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers in the state. The measure, which places draconian regulations on any clinic that provides abortions, has passed the House and needs ...Read More

With April being STD Awareness Month, state health officials are urging sexually active North Dakotans to take simple steps to protect themselves. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - April is STD Awareness Month, and the North Dakota Department of Health is urging residents to safeguard themselves through some simple steps: Talk. Test. Treat. According to the latest numbers, incidents of sexually transmitted diseases, such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, ...Read More

Parents of infants placed in Safe Haven cannot be charged with abandonment. (fancycrave1/pixabay.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Today is Safe Haven Day in Connecticut. Connecticut passed the Safe Haven for Newborns Act 16 years ago. The law allows parents of infants up to 30 days old to voluntarily give up custody to nursing staff in a hospital emergency room. Gary Kleeblatt, communications direct ...Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court has ordered the parties in a case involving contraceptives mandated by the Affordable Care Act to file new briefs in the case. (crankyT/iStock)

AUSTIN, Texas - The U.S. Supreme Court issued a rare order this week for new arguments in a case involving contraceptives and the Affordable Care Act, which could mean the justices are looking for a compromise. The court requested that parties in the case, including one from Texas, file new briefs ...Read More

Research shows restrictions placed on abortion clinics in Texas have caused significant barriers and hardships for women seeking services at those facilities. (PamelaMoore/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - New research shows restrictions placed on Texas clinics that perform abortions are causing significant barriers and hardships for women seeking those services. A study by the Texas Policy Evaluation Project says more than half of the clinics that provided abortion services in Texas ...Read More

Planned Parenthood of Utah told a panel of judges at the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Gov. Gary Herbert illegally cut the group's funding.

SALT LAKE CITY - Planned Parenthood of Utah is asking a federal appeals court to force Gov. Gary Herbert to stop cutting off funds to the organization. Herbert issued an order in 2015 withholding $272,000 from the group despite an investigation in Texas that cleared Planned Parenthood of illegally ...Read More

New research shows a national drop in unintended pregnancies, but not for all women. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - The U.S. rate for unintended pregnancies is at its lowest level in decades, according to new research. Looking at numbers from 2008 to 2011, researchers at the Guttmacher Institute have said the rate of unplanned pregnancies dropped to a 30-year low. Fewer unintended pregnancies le ...Read More

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