A number of abortion providers filed suit against Pennsylvania on Wednesday in hopes of overturning a state law that prohibits coverage of the procedure by Medicaid. The groups, which include Planned Parenthoods within Pennsylvania and the Allegheny Reproductive Health Center, filed their complaint seeking declaratory judgement and injunctive relief from the law, in order to [...]

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A federal judge in Pennsylvania issued a nationwide injunction on Monday preventing the enforcement of rules allowing employers to deny women health insurance including contraceptive coverage based on moral or religious reasons. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) currently has a requirement detailing that employers must provide their employees with birth control coverage in offered health insurance [...]

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Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) with Representatives Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Ro Khanna (D-CA) introduced three pieces of legislation to the Senate on Thursday focused on regulating prescription drug prices. The three bills—the Prescription Drug Price Relief Act, the Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act and the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act—aim to lower prescription [...]

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The UN Committee against Torture posted a letter online, bearing Tuesday’s date, that calls on Saudi Arabia to release over a dozen imprisoned activists and cites credible claims of improper treatment, sexual assault and torture. The UN group charged with overseeing compliance with the Convention Against Torture claims that seven activists have been held without official [...]

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A Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company, Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Inc., settled with the US government for $360 million Thursday to resolve claims of illegally using a charity to receive kickbacks on Medicare patients. By donating to Caring Voice Coalition (CVC), the government alleges that Actelion induced patients to purchase company drugs and defrauded the Centers [...]

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Ireland’s lower house of parliament, the Dáil Éireann, on Wednesday approved a bill legalizing abortion services. The bill, titled the Regulation of Termination of Pregnancy, allows the elective termination of pregnancies before 12 weeks. Patients who elect for abortion services within their first 12 weeks of pregnancy, must receive two examinations from separate physicians certifying the [...]

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A federal judge on Monday ruled that the Attorneys General of both Maryland and Washington, DC, can begin discovery as part of their suit against President Donald Trump regarding alleged unlawful profits from his DC hotel. The original complaint points to instances of foreign dignitaries staying at the Trump International Hotel while visiting the president in [...]

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Michigan’s Senate on Thursday voted to extend the ban on obtaining abortion medication via telemedicine. The bill aims to amend Michigan’s current abortion law in which the prohibition on prescribing is set to last only until December 31, 2018. Currently, Michigan physicians are not able to “diagnose and prescribe a medical abortion” without performing a [...]

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