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‘Unconscionable’: Fury as federal appeals court upholds Trump’s anti-women, anti-choice ‘gag rule’

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“Leaving women in the dark about their healthcare and restricting doctors from providing candid advice is simply not in the best interest of public health.”

Women’s healthcare advocates fumed Monday after a federal appeals court upheld the Trump-Pence administration’s so-called domestic “gag rule.”

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed down the 7-4 decision regarding the administration’s policy of preventing Title X funds from going to clinics that provide referrals for abortions, even though no federal funds pay for abortions.

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“As a reminder,” said Planned Parenthood Action, “the gag rule puts up egregious barriers for people with low incomes to get birth control and preventive care like STI testing, education, and cancer screenings. Before being forced out of Title X, Planned Parenthood served 40% of patients in the program.”

The reproductive rights group praised the dissent written by Judge Richard Paez.

“The majority would return us to an older world, one in which a government bureaucrat could restrict a medical professional from informing a patient of the full range of healthcare options available to her,” he wrote. “Fortunately, Congress has ensured such federal intrusion is no longer the law of the land.”

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The American Medical Association also criticized the decision and said the administration is forcing medical providers to choose between vital funding or acting unethically.

“The judges failed to properly take into consideration the AMA’s legal arguments or the decision’s impact on either healthcare or the patient-physician relationship. This government overreach and interference demands that physicians violate their ethical obligations—prohibiting open, frank conversations with patients about all their healthcare options—if they want to continue treating patients under the Title X program,” said AMA president Patrice A. Harris.

“It is unconscionable that the government is telling physicians that they can treat this underserved population only if they promise not to discuss or make referrals for all treatment options,” Harris continued.

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The court’s decision came in for criticism from California Attorney General Xavier Becerra as well:

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The changes to Title X, which the majority of the U.S. public opposes, were among the key factors behind the country’s first-ever failing grade from the Population Institute’s in the group’s latest report card on reproductive health and rights.

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Michigan hospitals ‘running out of body bags’ to handle COVID-19 deaths: nurse

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The situation in some Michigan hospitals slammed by the COVID-19 pandemic has grown increasingly dire and hospitals are now reportedly running out of body bags to handle the dead.

MLive.com reports that workers at the Sinai Grace Hospital in Detroit say they have never faced anything like what they've seen during this pandemic.

"We’ve run out of stretchers," nurse Krysti Kallek tells the publication. "We've run out of body bags."

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Bizarre background of Trump’s new favorite White House reporter exposed in wild tabloid investigation

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President Donald Trump's favorite White House reporter has murky background, a name change, a notorious fiancé, an accused fraudster dad and a TV psychic grandmother.

One America News correspondent Chanel Rion saw her profile rise after she was briefly banished last week from the White House briefing room but invited back by since-ousted press secretary Stephanie Grisham, and the Daily Mail took a deep dive into the reporter's past.

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Republican leader claims ‘there’s not a need’ for additional stimulus — but only because bill has vote-by-mail funds

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Republican leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) told House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that he would oppose her latest coronavirus stimulus package.

According to CNN's Manu Raju, McCarthy said that he opposed the vote-by-mail provisions in the bill, which allocates $2 billion for election assistance for those who can't get to the polls.

“There’s not a need for it now," McCarthy said.

When the two met, McCarthy said he told Pelosi: “I’m not holding a bill up because you want to” impact the election.

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