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Banking woes send consumers looking for safer alternatives, some Indiana communities resist a dollar chain store "invasion," and a permit to build an oil pipeline tunnel under the Great Lakes is postponed.

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Republicans say it is premature to consider gun legislation after the Nashville shooting, federal officials are unsure it was a hate crime, and regulators say Silicon Valley Bank was aware of its financial risks.

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Finding childcare is a struggle everywhere, prompting North Carolina's Transylvania County to try a new approach. Maine is slowly building-out broadband access, but disagreements remain over whether local versus national companies should get the contracts, and specialty apps like "Farmers Dating" help those in small communities connect online.

Amid Restrictions, Uncertain Fate of Roe, Abortions Rise in U.S.

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Thursday, June 23, 2022   

The latest U.S. Census data reveals abortions have been on the rise across the nation.

A new report from the Guttmacher Institute found 8% more procedures in 2020 than in 2017 - a total of more than 930,000 nationwide.

That's despite a jump in abortion restrictions, including in the Mountain State, where patients must receive counseling, wait 24 hours before having an abortion and are banned from using telemedicine.

Kaylen Barker - communications director with West Virginia Women's Health Center - explained that when people are forced to travel to other states to end a pregnancy, the restrictions hit lower-income and communities of color the hardest.

"And especially in areas like West Virginia," said Barker, "that have a disproportionate number of people living in poverty."

The Supreme Court could potentially overturn the federal right to an abortion in a ruling expected by the end of month in the case 'Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization.'

It involves a Mississippi state law that bans abortions after 15 weeks, which is well before many people realize they are pregnant.

Barker added those who can't get abortions are more likely to stay in contact with violent partners, prolonging cycles of abuse in families.

She noted that West Virginia already has one of the highest rates of kids living in foster care, and ranks 45th in the nation for teen births.

"They're more likely to raise children as single parents," said Barker, "and these factors combine to create worse childhood development and wellness outcomes for children."

Some experts are concerned an abortion ban could increase maternal deaths. Women in the U.S. already see a higher death rate in and post-pregnancy than their counterparts in other industrialized nations.




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