New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday declared a public health emergency following a measles outbreak in several parts of Brooklyn. The declaration requires residents living in the identified zip codes to receive the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. According to a press release issued by the Mayor’s Office, the mandatory vaccination will be issued [...]

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Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed into law a bill on Monday that prohibits licensed medical professionals from providing conversion therapy for anyone under 18 years old. In enacting House Bill 140, Massachusetts becomes the sixteenth state, in addition to Washington, DC, that prohibits the practice aimed at changing a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. [...]

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The Quebec government introduced legislation on Thursday that would ban public sector employees from wearing religious symbols while working. Religious clothing such as Muslim headscarves, Jewish skullcaps, Catholic crosses and Sikh turbans would all be prohibited under the new legislation. Since its introduction, the bill has experienced much backlash and is accused of violating peoples [...]

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The US Department of Justice filed a two-sentence letter on Monday to the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit detailing support of the December ruling that found the Affordable Care Act (ACA) unconstitutional. The statement is consistent with the Trump administration’s stance against the Act. The ACA calls for an individual mandate to [...]

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Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds confirmed Monday in a press release that she will not appeal a judge’s ruling that struck down the state’s “fetal heartbeat” abortion law. The law would have been one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the country. Reynolds noted that while she disagrees with the judgement, she ultimately accepts the [...]

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The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday upheld a previous decision preventing the state from enforcing two regulations that limit Medicaid coverage of abortion services. Brought by Planned Parenthood of the Great Northwest, the lawsuit argued that the regulations violated the equal protection clause of Alaska’s constitution by discriminating against women choosing to have an abortion. [...]

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