Health Care — Voters Solidify Pro-Abortion Position in Polls

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Today, the health sector is looking at states where access to abortion is set to be incorporated into their respective state constitutions and where abortion policies have been repealed.

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Voters confirm support for abortion statewide

State ballots across the country have shown voters support access to abortion after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

  • Voters in three states — California, Michigan, Vermont — approved ballot measures amending each state constitution to enshrine abortion rights.
  • Both California and Vermont have seen overwhelming support in polls for proposals designed to protect access to abortion. Support for access to abortion in Michigan was somewhat modest, with 56 percent voting yes to the state’s proposal.
  • ballot measure in kentucky When Montana Conversely, bills that outright deny constitutional protections for abortion or challenge abortion service providers have been defeated.

Planned Parenthood tweeted Tuesday night that “the message is clear” from voters.

The reproductive health care rights group said, “Most voters don’t want politicians making personal health decisions.

The votes came amid high-profile Senate and House campaigns, with some candidates running for office across the country with hardline views on access to abortion.

In a post-Roe America, about half of all states are already moving to restrict access to abortion, even though polls show that most Americans recognize the right to have an abortion. increase.

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Voters are divided on legal weed

Voters submitted mixed views on recreational marijuana use in five states on Tuesday, with Maryland and Missouri becoming the latest jurisdictions to ease drug bans.

After the midterm elections, recreational marijuana use by adults was legalized in nearly half of the countries, and at least 21 states are poised to legalize marijuana for adults 21 and older. But voters in her other three states rejected the proposal.

  • In Maryland, nearly two-thirds of voters approved a referendum in favor of legalizing marijuana starting July 1, 2023.
  • In Missouri, about 53% of voters supported a constitutional amendment to legalize recreational marijuana possession and use as of early Wednesday morning, with an estimated 90% of the vote counted.

“This means that the vast majority of the 20,000 people arrested each year in Missouri will not be subject to criminal prosecution for victimless marijuana law violations,” said co-author of the amendment and the state’s State Coordinator Dan Biets said. National Organization for Marijuana Law Reform (NORML).

No broad consensus: However, other states have voiced their opposition to legalizing drugs for recreational purposes.

  • A North Dakota bill to legalize the possession and use of marijuana was predicted to fail, with about 55% of voters rejecting the ballot measure and 45% supporting it. This is his second time such a ballot measure has failed in the state.
  • A similar move in Arkansas to legalize the possession and use of marijuana while also allowing the sale of cannabis failed.

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Lawmakers introduce bill to ban gender-affirming youth care

Republicans in Tennessee on Wednesday introduced measures barring transgender youth under the age of 18 from accessing gender-affirming health care, giving Congress a responsibility to “protect the health and well-being of minors.” said there is. Bills to protect children from gender mutilation laws were introduced Wednesday by Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson and House Majority Leader William Lamberth, both of whom were reelected in Tuesday’s midterm elections. Contents of bill: Under the proposed measure, Tennessee health care providers would “allow minors to identify with, or live as, an identity that is not consistent with the minor’s gender.” It is prohibited to provide gender-affirming medical care to minors for the purpose of

This measure includes exceptions for young people who require treatments such as pubertal blockers, hormones, or surgery for reasons other than treatment of gender dysphoria or “mental conditions, disorders, disorders, or abnormalities.”

“Left-wing cultural forces want us to embrace a startling new myth. That gender is not a biological reality,” Lambers wrote in an October editorial in The Tennessian, which proposed the bill. announced its intention.

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Meditation as good as antidepressants for anxiety: study

An eight-week mindfulness meditation program is as effective as the popular antidepressant escitalopram (Lexapro) in treating anxiety disorders in adults, according to new results from a randomized clinical trial.

This trial was the first to directly compare guided mindfulness-based interventions with first-line medications for anxiety. “

A great advantage of mindfulness meditation is that training to become a mindfulness facilitator does not require a clinical degree. Additionally, sessions can take place outside of a healthcare setting, such as a school or community center,” she continued.

Hoge is Director of the Anxiety Disorders Research Program and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University.

The findings, published in JAMA Psychiatry, include data on 102 adults treated for anxiety in a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program and 106 patients receiving 10-20 mg Lexapro. It is reflected.

Lexapro is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, a common type of antidepressant that was first introduced in the late 1980s.

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South Dakota Vote to Expand Medicaid Coverage

On Tuesday, South Dakota became the seventh Republican-led state to expand Medicaid coverage. According to state estimates, she also has more than 42,000 people eligible for compensation.

According to the Associated Press, the bill passed with 56.2 percent in favor and 43.8 percent against, reported by 97 percent of the electorate.

State Republicans like Gov. Christy Noem opposed the bill, but Mr. Noem said he accepted the result and would work to implement the expansion if the bill passed.

  • Under the Affordable Care Act, the federal government pays 90% of the cost for states to expand Medicaid coverage. To date, only 12 states have denied this.
  • Six other states (Idaho, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Utah) have passed proposals similar to those passed in South Dakota.

Throughout the 2022 election season, Republican candidates largely refrained from commenting on health care issues.

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what we are reading

  • Abortion issue could help limit losses in Democratic midterm elections (Kaiser Health News)
  • Drug addiction treatment is shorter for blacks and Hispanics, study finds (The New York Times)
  • Study finds keeping blood pressure below this number lowers risk of severe Covid (CNN)

by state

  • California bans flavored tobacco products, including vape (Stat)
  • Pediatric beds in Rhode Island are 100% full amid respiratory virus surge (NBC News)
  • Alabama health care providers warn of unusually early flu activity (WBHM)

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