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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 


Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.


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Senators respond to Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Biden.

Public News Service - TN: Reproductive Health

Tennessee currently bans the use of telehealth for medication-induced abortion and has a mandatory 48-hour waiting period. (Adobe Stock)<br />

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A state law goes into effect next month that requires doctors in Tennessee to tell women who want a medication-induced abortion that the procedure can be reversed. However, several groups, including Planned Parenthood and the ACLU, have filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to b

One in three women in the United States has faced delays or an inability to get birth control or other sexual and reproductive care since the pandemic began, according to the Guttmacher Institute. (Adobe Stock)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The U.S. Supreme Court this week struck down a Louisiana law, also in place in Tennessee, that required physicians who provide abortion services to have admitting privileges at a local hospital. The court found the law places an unconstitutional burden on women. However, it remain

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Medical Association, and other medical organizations have opposed Tennessee's recent order limiting abortions during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A judge in Nashville has ruled that as Tennessee flexes its power to temporarily ban non-emergency medical procedures during the coronavirus pandemic, it doesn't have the right to block a woman's access to abortion services. The decision affirms a lower court ruling blocking an

Tennessee ranks 41st in the country for female labor-force participation rates, according to the Institute for Women's Policy Research. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A bill in Congress that would ensure pregnant women aren't fired from their jobs for requesting reasonable accommodations in the workplace has received bipartisan approval in the House Education and Labor Committee, and soon should move to the House floor for a vote. The Pregna

In 2014, some 13,880 abortions were provided in Tennessee, according to the Guttmacher Institute. (Adobe Stock)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee ranks fourth among the states for the percentage of abortions provided to out-of-state residents, according to an analysis of data by the Associated Press. More than 28,000 women have traveled to Tennessee since 2009 to end a pregnancy. Francie Hunt, executive director

Most human trafficking victims will encounter a medical professional, and Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn.,  sponsored legislation that would give medical professionals tools to identify people who are being exploited. (ACF OPA)

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Human trafficking is a significant problem in Tennessee, with its size, number of interstate highways and relatively healthy economy. But it's not always easy to spot the warning signs when someone is a victim. This week, the U.S. House passed legislation sponsored by Tennes

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