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Planned Parenthood Withdraws From Title X Program Over Trump Abortion Rule

Planned prenthood withdaws from Title X

Planned Parenthood is leaving the federal Title X family planning program rather than comply with new Trump administration rules regarding abortion counseling.

The new rules, issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services earlier this year, prohibit Title X grantees from providing or referring patients for abortion, except in cases of rape, incest or medical emergency.

"The Trump administration has forced Planned Parenthood grantees out of Title X," said Alexis McGill Johnson, Planned Parenthood's acting president, in a conference call Monday. "The impact of the Trump administration's gag rule will reverberate across the country."

TVNL Comment: Planned Prenthood will lose tens of millions in federal funding rather than be bullied by the misogynistic Trump administration.  Wake up, America. This is not about abortion.  It's about merely mentioning abortion services . 

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Court rejects Planned Parenthood bid to freeze Trump's family planning rule

Planned parenthood loses in Court

A federal appeals court has rejected efforts to block the Trump administration from banning abortion referrals by federally funded family planning clinics, including affiliates of Planned Parenthood.

The 9th U.S. Court of Appeals’ ruling Friday night will allow the policy to take effect while lawsuits from states, medical groups and reproductive rights advocates continue.

Chief Judge Sidney Thomas, a Bill Clinton appointee, said in a brief statement that none of its judges requested a vote on whether to hold a hearing on a request from Planned Parenthood for an emergency injunction.

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'Cancer-linked' chemicals in Chipotle, Sweetgreen packaging? There's more to know, experts say

Chipolte health alert

Everything about your burrito bowl from Chipotle or your salad from Sweetgreen seems earthy and health-conscious, right down to the packaging.

But harmful chemicals may be lurking in those eco-friendly containers.

A story published last week by the New Food Economy, a non-profit newsroom that investigates food-related issues, reported the "cancer-linked" presence of PFAS, also called "forever chemicals," in the fiber bowls used at fast casual dining spots and other restaurants including Chipotle, Sweetgreen, Dig Inn and other locations in New York City.

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Trump said 'mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger' in mass shootings. Experts beg to differ.

Mass shooting not caused by mental illness

Arthur Evans, the CEO of the American Psychological Association, the largest professional and scientific organization of psychologists in the United States, said it's important for people to understand that there is a fairly weak link between mental illness and mass shootings.

In a 2016 book, "Gun Violence and Mental Illness," published by American Psychological Association Publishing, researchers reported that mass shootings perpetrated by people with serious mental illness account for less than 1% of all yearly gun-related homicides.

"The biggest predictor of who is going to commit these crimes is violence, a history of past violence," said Evans.

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Listeria found on leafy greens at major grocery stores including Costco, Whole Foods

Listeria found on leafy greens

But the CDC isn't terribly concerned about a little bit of Listeria being found.

"It's important to remember that most of the time healthy people aren't going to get sick from Listeria," Behm said.

The populations more likely to be infected are the elderly, pregnant women, newborns, young children and people with poor immune systems.

Two of the samples, spinach and an organic spinach-spring mix, were prepackaged and prewashed, Consumer Reports found. The other four were loose bunches or heads of red leaf lettuce, green leaf lettuce, kale and spinach.

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Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks Arkansas Abortion Restrictions

Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson

An Arkansas federal judge has temporarily blocked three new abortion restrictions, including a requirement that physicians providing the procedure be board-certified — a move that would likely have caused the closure of the state's only surgical abortion clinic.

The clinic in question, Little Rock Family Planning Services, and Planned Parenthood, backed by the ACLU of Arkansas, challenged the restrictions that also included a ban on abortions after 18 weeks of pregnancy and one that would prevent a woman from obtaining an aborting solely for the reason that the fetus was diagnosed with Down syndrome.

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Residents of US' Cancer Town diagnosed at 'highly unusual' rates, study says

Reserve, La., cancer townResidents in the town of Reserve, Louisiana have been diagnosed with cancer at “highly unusual” rates, according to a new academic study, which is set to further embolden local residents in their fight against toxic emissions from a nearby chemical factory.

The report, released Wednesday by the University Network for Human Rights (UNHR), provides residents with the most detailed and comprehensive evidence to date that they are at an especially pronounced risk of cancer and other negative health effects due to toxic chemicals in the air.

Reserve is the focus of a year-long Guardian series, Cancer Town, chronicling the fight for clean air in the predominantly black town, as well as other communities in the area between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, often referred to as Cancer Alley due to a concentration of toxic pollution from petrochemical factories.

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