Healthcare – Spotlight on governors after leaked abortion ruling

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Today in health care, we look at the role governors will play in abortion access if the Supreme Court overturns Roe.

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Anti-abortion fight shines spotlight on governors

The leaked draft of a Supreme Court opinion overruling historic precedents that protect the right to abortion has upended the nation’s capital and the battle for control of the U.S. House and Senate.

But it has increased the pressure to an even greater degree on Democrats and Republicans vying to win governor’s mansions and state legislative chambers across the country, where the results of November’s midterm elections will determine whether how far abortion rights advocates and opponents can advance their positions in the years to come.

Virtually no election results at the federal level can change the impasse in Washington, where abortion rights remain locked in a partisan squabble.

In the United States, the balance of power is much more precarious. The loss or gain of a governorship or even a few state legislative seats this year could tip an entire state into the column that denies or affirms abortion.

“These governors are essential,” said Howard Dean, the former governor of Vermont and chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

Midwest Battles: In two states, Michigan and Wisconsin, Democratic governors are running alongside Republican-controlled legislatures. Both states ban abortion on books from the years before Roe v. Wade.

governor of michigan Gretchen Whitmer (D) sued to challenge his state’s 1931 abortion ban, and Whitmer and Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) have vetoed bills that would further restrict access to abortion.

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Becerra: women will get the care to which they are “right”

Health and Social Services Secretary Xavier Becerra Wednesday said her department planned to “double its efforts” to provide American women with access to the “care they are entitled to” when asked about continuing family planning services in the wake of the Projected Supreme Court bombshell that would overturn Roe v. Wade.

At a Senate Appropriations Committee subcommittee hearing, Democratic members asked Becerra what his department and the administration planned to do if Roe v. Wade was canceled.

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (DN.H.) asked Becerra for an update on the work of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Reproductive Health Care Access Task Force, expressing concern as to the future of family planning in light of the leaked draft.

“We will redouble our efforts to ensure that the legal rights of all American women to access the care to which they are entitled continue. Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak to a number of representatives from many insurance plans, health insurance plans in America, and I said very clearly that we intend to continue to enforce the law,” Becerra said.

“We will also clarify what the law requires of anyone accepting federal funding through Medicare, Medicaid to provide services to all Americans without discrimination. As I said, we are going to double down and ensure that no one is deprived of the care to which they are entitled.

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THE DAUGHTER OF ‘JANE ROE’

The eldest daughter of the woman who took Roe v. Wade to the Supreme Court in 1973 warned Tuesday that overturning the landmark ruling that established the constitutional right to abortion “could set us back fifty years.”

Melissa Mills, the eldest daughter of Norma McCorvey, known as “Jane Roe”, said in a interview with MSNBC that she was “in disbelief” by the Supreme Court’s leaked draft opinion showing that the court’s conservative majority could overturn Roe v. Wade and abortion rights.

Mills said it should be “a woman’s right to manage her own body.”

“It shouldn’t be anyone’s choice but this woman,” Mills added. “We’ve come this far and 50 years later…we’re taking a step back from all of this progress for women.”

McCorvey was a working-class mother of two in Texas when she became pregnant with a third child. She wanted to terminate her pregnancy, but could not legally do so under the state abortion ban.

She found a lawyer and took her case to the Supreme Court as an anonymous plaintiff, with “Jane Roe” as her pseudonym. But she gave birth to Mill’s younger sister, Shelley Lynn Thornton, before the final ruling.

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NEW YORK COVID-19 HOSPITALIZATIONS NEARLY TRIPLED IN LAST MONTH

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 in New York have nearly tripled in the past month, with numbers topping 2,000 on Tuesday.

The peak of COVID-19 hospitalized patients, which was first reported by NBC New Yorkmarked the first time since late February that the state’s COVID-19 hospitalizations topped 2,000. The latest numbers showed a 153% increase from this time last month.

A COVID-19 update from New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) on Wednesday said the state had 2,119 total hospitalizationswhich is still well below the numbers seen when the omicron variant contributed to a major spike in infections and nearly 13,000 hospitalizations in the state earlier this year.

Just this week, New York City raised its COVID-19 alert level from “low” to “medium”. The change didn’t have much of an impact in terms of restrictions, but if the warning level increased to “high”, the city’s mask mandate could return.

“We take this very seriously,” Hochul said at the time. “You don’t know, will each variant that comes out be worse than the last one?”

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Cognitive impact of COVID equals 20 years of aging

A recent British study found that people who had severe cases of COVID-19 to the extent that they received intensive care suffered cognitive impacts equivalent to around 20 years of aging or a loss of 10 IQ points.

the study was conducted by researchers from the University of Cambridge and Imperial College London and involved 46 patients who received intensive care for COVID-19 at a Cambridge hospital between March and June 2020.

Study participants took part in a “personalized computerized cognitive assessment battery” in which they completed eight tasks with an iPad. On average, participants took part in these assessments approximately 179 days – almost six months – after the onset of COVID.

“Participants who had been hospitalized due to COVID-19 had significantly lower scores and were slower to respond than would be expected given the control population,” the study says.

According to the researchers, the participants displayed a “consistent pattern of cognitive underperformance” with respect to accuracy and processing time when performing the given tasks. They noted that the cognitive impact appeared to be strongest in patients requiring mechanical ventilation.

The researchers compared the observed impact to the normal cognitive decline that people experience over the 20 years of aging between 50 and 70. However, improvement in cognitive test scores and reaction times was seen in study participants, although recovery was described. as “at best” gradual.

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WHAT WE READ

  • With the usual suspects ruled out, disease sleuths are trying to unravel the mystery of viral hepatitis cases in children (Statistical)
  • The greatest health risks women would face if Roe v. Wade was canceled (BNC News)
  • WHO: COVID continues to decline, except in the Americas, Africa (PA)

STATE BY STATE

  • As the Supreme Court reviews Roe v. Oklahoma Governor Wade signs the abortion ban into law (Oklahoma)
  • For women, despair and joy as Roe’s overthrow seems imminent (The Washington Post)
  • ‘We’re now in our sixth wave’: California’s coronavirus gains spark new concerns (Los Angeles Times)

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