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    PNS Daily News - June 30, 20150 


    A divided Supreme Court issues three major rulings to end this term and we have reaction from coast-to-coast on today’s rundown; also 25 cities working to improve the chances of economic success for veterans; and a look at how summer jobs can help teens invest in the future.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention

PHOTO: Would you receive the same care at a Catholic hospital as at an independent one? It's a question advocates for patients' rights want to make sure Michiganders think about, as a potential merger between Crittenton Hospital and Ascension Health is in the works. Photo credit: Click/Morguefile.

ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – As another Michigan hospital plans to merge with a Catholic healthcare provider, health advocates are hoping to raise awareness about the repercussions the deals can have on the health and well-being of the entire community. Oakland County's Crittenton Hospital is one ...Read More

PHOTO: Access to abortion services could become more difficult for some Ohio women, after a last-minute provision was added to the Senate's version of the state budget. Photo credit: Paodo Ruvel/Morgufile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Lawmakers are hammering out the details of the final state budget this week, and some reproductive-health groups are concerned about an amendment restricting abortion access. A measure added last week involves variances, which are transfer agreements between doctors instead o ...Read More

PHOTO: The Minnesota Department of Health has detailed its new efforts to reduce the infant mortality rate, as hundreds of babies die in the state each year before they reach the age of one. Photo credit: Cody/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Every year, several hundred babies statewide die before they reach their first birthday and a new plan from the Minnesota Department of Health aims to reduce those numbers. Commissioner Ed Ehlinger says while Minnesota does have one of the lowest overall infant mortality rates in ...Read More

PHOTO: The so-called "fetal homicide" bill that cleared the Colorado Senate will be heard by the house today. Photo credit: Eric Galatas.

DENVER - The Colorado house will hear the so-called "fetal homicide" bill today. Supporters say the bill, which cleared the senate last week, will address crimes like one committed against a pregnant woman in Longmont. Gena Ozols, political director with NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, says the state a ...Read More

PHOTO: West Virginia social workers are hopeful about reforms to the state's juvenile justice system. They say new truancy rules and other public school efforts can help keep kids out of jail. Photo credit: Richard Ross, courtesy of Annie E. Casey Foundation.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia schools have a key role in reducing the number of kids who end up in jail – and while social workers say preventing truancy is an excellent starting place, its only part of the picture. As the state works to reduce the number of juveniles in the criminal just ...Read More

PHOTO: State lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow teen parents age 15 and over to get birth control without the consent of their parents or guardians. Photo credit: Parenting Patch/Wikimedia Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - Reproductive health advocates are urging state lawmakers to pass legislation that would allow teen parents age 15 and older to get birth control without the consent of their parents or guardians. The House State Affairs Committee heard testimony Wednesday in support of the bill from ...Read More

PHOTO: Business, faith and community groups say legislation scheduled this week in a Colorado House committee would pave the way for businesses and individuals to discriminate against others who don't share their religious views. Photo credit: Hustvedt/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER – A coalition of Colorado business owners, faith leaders and community groups is urging lawmakers to oppose legislation the coalition says will legalize discrimination in the state. House Bills 1161 and 1171 would allow individuals and businesses to refuse to follow any law that goes ...Read More

PHOTO: It could be another contentious year in Ohio on reproductive issues. Ohio Right to Life released its 2015 legislative agenda on Tuesday that it says serves as a proactive approach to challenge Roe vs. Wade and end abortion. Pro-choice groups argue the agenda is dangerous for women's reproductive health. Photo credit: ctrouper/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Right to Life released its 2015 legislative agenda on Tuesday, including what it calls six "pro-life initiatives." The group is proposing four new bans on ending pregnancies, including a bill that prohibits abortion after 20 weeks gestation. Kellie Copeland, executive director ...Read More

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