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The Weekly Pulse: The Fight for Abortion Rights Continues; The Problem with Booster Shots

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For The Weekly Pulse (revisiting an old Ms. column!), We scoured the most trusted journalistic sources – and of course our Twitter feeds – to bring you this week’s top health and wellness news.

In This Issue: Fifth Circuit Court Upholds Texas 15-Week D&E Abortion Prohibition; Arizona Sued by Reproductive Rights Groups and Doctors Over New Abortion Act; Planned Parenthood Sues Montana Over 20 Week Abortion Ban; Unvaccinated Pregnant Women Are Dying from COVID-19 at an Alarming Rate; And when it comes to booster vaccinations, is it ethical to pay out a third round of vaccinations in rich countries when the rest of the world is struggling to catch up?

Repro Run Down: A Perennial Assault on Abortion Rights

Protesters gather outside the Senate Gallery in June 2013, minutes before midnight, to prevent Senate Bill 5, another bill that tightly regulates abortion facilities, from voting in the Texas State Capitol. (Lauren Gerson / Flickr)

+ The appellate court of the fifth district confirmed a ban on the implementation of dilatation and evacuation procedures (D&E), the standard method of abortion, after about 15 weeks of pregnancy. D & It’s the safest method of abortion for second trimester pregnancies. Second trimester pregnancies make up 11 percent of all abortions, but D&E makes up 95 percent of these procedures. Under Texas law, doctors risk two years in prison and a hefty fine for continuing to perform this procedure.

When my doctor told me 2 years ago that my baby had no heartbeat in the second trimester, I asked for one thing: Don’t labor to give birth to a dead baby. D&E, which is widely used in abortions, made this possible for me https://t.co/ppJQuyM3Ux

– Yemile (@YemileBucay) August 19, 2021

One of the plaintiffs, Dr. Bhavik Kumar, an abortion provider at the Planned Parenthood Center for Choice in Houston, said in response to the court’s decision:

“As a doctor, today’s decision worries me deeply. By allowing the state to ban the standard abortion method at this stage of pregnancy, the court has allowed extremist politicians to meddle in private health care decisions that should remain between patients and their doctors.

+ Anti-abortion extremists are pushing D&E restrictions since 1974. Now that a federal court has sided with Texas, they may manage to make second trimester abortions inaccessible. But first: what is dilation and evacuation?

D&E is a surgical procedure that involves doctors expanding a woman’s cervix and sucking out the fetus. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), D&E is the safest, most effective method of abortion for second trimester pregnancies. The Guttmacher Institute says that D&E bans “disrupt the medical assessment of providers and limit options for patients”. For example, doctors would have to change their treatment – and a change would require women to undergo an additional, invasive step prior to D&E. Ultimately, a ban on D&E procedures would make second trimester abortions more expensive, more complicated, and likely more painful.

This fall, the Supreme Court will decide the fate of the abortion law in the Dobbs v Jackson Women’s Health Organization case. The case sets 50-year precedent by Roe v. Wade will review and determine if Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban is constitutional.

Guttmacher estimates that between 6.3 and 7.4 percent of all abortions in the United States occur during or around the 15th week of pregnancy. With the Supreme Court on the Mississippi side, this dangerous new precedent would significantly increase the distance patients travel to to receive safe abortion care. Obviously wealthy people are bothered by this decision, but they have the means to get into an abortion state. The people hardest hit by this decision will be low-income people and women of color who have been systematically denied the resources to access safe abortion care.

Protecting access to abortion.

– NARAL (ARNARAL) August 26, 2021

Well-known reproductive rights organizations and medical experts have joined forces in a lawsuit to block Arizona’s New Anti-Abortion Law. The new law prohibits certain abortions based on a patient’s reason to seek one, and requires fetuses, embryos, and fertilized ova to have a personal identity. “Politicians shouldn’t be able to decide what an acceptable reason for an abortion is,” said Emily Nestler, senior counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights.

“Harmful bans like this are part of a greater effort by anti-abortion extremists to stigmatize abortion and drive a wedge between patients and their doctors,” said Ruth Harlow, senior attorney for the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project. “This law interferes with normal prenatal care when the last thing patients need is for the government to make complex medical and personal decisions for them.”

(See also: “What the public is doing wrong about “ground-based” abortion bans“)

Republican: I should be able to choose what to do / what not to do with my body

Women: Right, so abortion should be legal

Republicans: no, not like that

– 1984 George Whorewell (@EwdatsGROSS) August 24, 2021

+ Planned Parenthood is suing Montana over a new abortion ban set to go into effect October 1, 2021. Montana law would ban abortions after 20 weeks of gestation, restrict access to abortion pills, require doctors to ask patients if they want an ultrasound, and ban insurance plans that cover abortions from the federal exchange. It is unclear how the courts will rule, as the Montana Constitution grants a stronger right to privacy than others.

COVID-19: The Big Booster Debate

Pregnant women were reluctant to get the vaccine; now they are dying of COVID-19. Bloomberg News reported that 76.5 percent of pregnant women are unvaccinated. A study published on JAMA Network Open found that unvaccinated pregnant women were 15 times more likely to die, 14 times more likely to be intubated, and 22 times more likely to have premature birth when they contracted the virus. According to Allison Cahill, a professor at the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, low vaccination rates in pregnant women caused “this perfect storm of pregnant people who got extremely sick and were hospitalized and even had to be treated in the intensive care unit.”

The CDC recommends getting vaccinated if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant in the future to stay protected from COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective for pregnant women and do not cause fertility problems in men or women. https://t.co/2akIUZ14Rd #WeCanDoThis pic.twitter.com/KjsSYFBePu

– CDC (@CDCgov) August 22, 2021

+ Pfizer is the first COVID-19 vaccine company to receive full FDA approval. The three main vaccines – Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J – operated under an emergency license that allowed the vaccine to be administered to the public while the FDA continued to collect data on efficacy and safety. Granting full FDA approval to Pfizer means the FDA has gathered sufficient evidence to determine that the vaccine is safe and effective. CNN’s medical analyst Dr. Leana Wen believes the new regulatory status could affect vaccination rates:

“Some surveys, including by the Kaiser Family Foundation, have shown that up to three in ten people cite a lack of full approval as the main reason for not receiving the vaccine. It is possible that some of these people will now overcome their hesitation, but I suspect there will be a much smaller number who will line up soon after the vaccination is fully approved. “

At the moment there is not enough data to support a booster vaccination with mRNA # COVID19 (COMIRNATY / Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna) after receiving the vaccine from Johnson & Johnson (J&J).

However, people who have received J&J will likely need a booster dose.

More: https://t.co/77CTFuJFcO. pic.twitter.com/8fgVYrbDHf

– CDC (@CDCgov) August 24, 2021

Health experts believe that booster vaccinations are given in wealthy countries, could prolong the pandemic. Although most western countries are rolling into the next phase of COVID-19 vaccines, the rest of the world is struggling to get an injection. If vaccination rates remain low in other parts of the world, new variants will continue to mutate. In a Twitter thread, Biden’s former COVID-19 advisor Andy Slavitt explained the ethical dilemma at hand:

There are currently 10 countries using 90% of vaccines. If these (rich) countries re-use new vaccines every 6 months, we will continue this problem.

In many countries with 1-2% VAT.

And the moral challenge of telling us first. And secondly. And thirdly. Then you.12 /

– Andy Slavitt 🇺🇸💉 (@ASlavitt) August 17, 2021

+ In June, Israel became one of the first case studies of diminishing immunity; now Israel is fighting the Delta variant with booster shots. Less than a month after their booster campaign began, evidence from Israel suggests booster vaccinations have an impact on infection rates, but other factors play a role as well. Doron Gazit, a member of the Hebrew University’s team of experts on COVID-19, believes the steady decline in infection rates is due to the combination of booster vaccinations and “more cautious behavior”. The evidence shows that booster vaccinations can be a helpful step in fighting the virus, but other preventive measures like masking and social distancing are just as important.

+ Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to the president, believes the United States could control the virus by next spring if the majority of people are vaccinated. In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Fauci said, “If we can get through this winter and really get the majority – the overwhelming majority – of the 90 million people who haven’t been vaccinated, I hope we can start getting some good control in spring 2022. ”

Only 52 percent of the US population are fully vaccinated, and while a change in FDA approval status could cause some people to get vaccinated, the majority of anti-Vaxxers are unlikely to be affected. So the question is: what if the majority of people don’t get vaccinated by next spring?

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Democrats Erase Women Through Budget “Reconciliation”

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According to the rules of the Senate, a reconciliation package should be limited to budgetary issues. But in 2021, the $ 3.5 trillion tax and spending bill that the Democrats are trying to enforce through the reconciliation process offers an opportunity for radical gender activists to infuse the language and assumptions of their ideology into federal law permit.

For example, the text on ‘Maternal Mortality’ (Part 4 of Subtitle J of Title III) consists of 15 sections providing funding for a range of grants and programs for research and education on women’s health.

And yet, in those sections that discuss mothers who may be confronted with high-risk birth-related illnesses, we find gender-neutral terminology that is repeated 18 times in more than half of the 15 sections: “Pregnant women, breastfeeding women and the puerperium “.

While “individual” or “person” is common in legal documents when the speaker can be male or female, that doesn’t explain what’s going on here. The use of vague, insignificant terms is an attempt to reconcile legal language with an ideology that denies the innate duality of male and female.

The use of the generic “persons” in subtitle J with “pregnant”, “breastfeeding” or “after childbirth” is even different from the rest of the calculation. For example, a separate section on Medicaid refers to “Pregnant and Postpartum Women”. But in such cases the bill refers to past laws that already use the word “women”, such as the 1994 Law on Violence Against Women.

Often these are direct quotations from laws that are already in the books, so gender editors have to keep the “offensive” words.

The career path is unmistakable: Wherever possible, references to women are castrated. We have seen this Congress’s commitment to the radical gender ideology of the awakened left since its inauguration days. In early January, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California, made gender-neutral language standard practice for Congress.

This approach remains in place even if the draft law deals exclusively with issues specific to women. In 2021, the decision to refer to a woman as a “pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum person” suggests that someone does not need to be a woman to be pregnant, breastfeeding, or experience postpartum health complications.

That, of course, is exactly the point. For some radical gender activists, being a woman is more a function of education and self-determination than nature and biology. This language reflects that belief.

Unfortunately, this lively language isn’t just kept in federal filing cabinets as an artifact of history. It will drive hundreds of millions of dollars in spending. This direction can be painfully specific.

For example, Part 4 of Subtitle J provides resources that can be used to train America’s healthcare professionals. Section 31046 provides competitive grants of $ 85 million to eligible, accredited medical schools and programs that seek to study the health effects of climate change on maternal mortality.

The scholarship holders must use these funds for curricula and training. These programs need to focus on “identifying and addressing health risks and inequalities related to climate change, providing advice and strategies to mitigate these risks and inequalities”.

But there is an option for those less concerned about the role of changing global temperature averages on lactation. Medical schools can also use the funds to examine “implicit and explicit prejudice, racism and discrimination in the care of pregnant, breastfeeding, postpartum and those intending to become pregnant”.

In abstract terms, funding the development of curricula on discrimination and bias against “pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum people” may of course sound good. But let’s not be naive about its effect, which is to impose curricula committed to gender ideology through the power of the federal treasury. It would do this under the guise of preventing “discrimination”.

Whether this promotion could improve the well-being of pregnant women or mothers, the inclusion of such gender-neutral language signals that this is about much more than supporting mothers. Rather, it is about smuggling an ideology that destroys women into society from the federal level.

Activists have tried to advance this cause through the comprehensive equality law that enshrines gender ideology in the Civil Rights Act. But they also take every opportunity to erase references to women – from civil society to the classroom to the executive branch.

Cautious lawmakers and legislatures should reject these efforts to gradually advance radical gender ideology – and bring them to light before it finds its way into the language of our laws.

This piece originally appeared in The Daily Signal

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Chuck Daigle will be leaving Ochsner LSU Health to go back home to Baton Rouge

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Ochsner LSU Health announced Friday afternoon that Charles D. “Chuck” Daigle will be stepping down from his role as Chief Executive Officer as soon as Ochsner Health and LSU Health Shreveport appoint a new head of the health system.

“After living in Shreveport for the past 14 years, I’ve decided to return to my hometown of Baton Rouge for personal and family reasons,” said Daigle. “I’m very interested in the communities in Northern Louisiana and will remain CEO of Ochsner LSU Health while our partners work together to fill the position.

Daigle said the decision was due to personal reasons for moving. He moves to Baton Rouge, where he takes on a management position at Ochsner Health.

In this week:LSU Health Shreveport has discovered a new variant of COVID-19 in Louisiana

He assumes the role of Regional CEO of Ochsner Baton Rouge and Lake Charles and has operational responsibility for hospitals, health centers and emergency care in Greater Baton Rouge, Ochsner CHRISTUS Health Centers in Lake Charles and administrative responsibility for partner relationships including Louisiana Women’s Healthcare.

Since October 1, 2018 as Ochsner LSU Health, the system has been expanded to include several clinic locations and a hospital, the St. Mary Medical Center.

More than 800 employees and 280 doctors have been added to the system. Major capital improvements of more than $ 200 million have been invested in facilities and an advanced electronic health record system has been implemented along with several innovative telemedicine programs that enable people to access quality health care when and where they need it.

Litigation:Employees of Ochsner LSU Health file lawsuit over COVID vaccine mandates

“In our first three years as Ochsner LSU Health, we’ve made tremendous strides in terms of access to care and the expansion of services, dramatic improvements in facilities, quality, technology, telemedicine and more. These are meaningful improvements that save and change lives and I couldn’t be more proud of this partnership and our team, ”said Daigle.

Ochsner LSU Health has also led northern Louisiana through the COVID-19 pandemic, with extensive community testing, expanding intensive care services to handle a surge in hospital patients, and multiple vaccination sites since the vaccines were approved in December.

“Under the direction of Chuck Daigle, we watched these hospitals transform into innovative healthcare systems. The investments and improvements made will result in better and faster care for more patients while expanding medical education by providing more students and residents with an even better learning experience, ”said Dr. David Lewis, Interim Chancellor of LSU Health Shreveport. “Chuck has built a strong leadership team to work with every day, and we remain committed to continued advancement in health care and medical education in Northern Louisiana as we work together to determine his successor.”

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This Woman On TikTok Ate Too Much Cinnamon And Got Sick

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A cautionary story that has nothing to do with the cinnamon challenge.

In 2015, 27-year-old Bridgette Garb had a seemingly harmless obsession with cinnamon. “I would put tablespoons (yes tablespoons, plural) in my oatmeal. I would sprinkle it in my coffee grounds, on my fruit, in my yogurt, cinnamon rice, French toast … I would even put it on my scrambled eggs – sounds gross, me knows, ”Bridgette told BuzzFeed.

About a year after her excessive use of the popular spice, Bridgette noticed that her general health was deteriorating. “I often felt dizzy and dizzy. I developed terrible hypoglycemia and kept pulling muscles and injuring myself, ”she said. “I was taking several dance classes at the time and found it difficult to participate and had to sit out a lot. I knew it had to be more than just being ‘overtired’.”

Bridgette’s father – who happens to be a doctor – had noticed her craving for cinnamon and suspected it might be related to her ailments. “He did some research and discovered that cassia cinnamon contains a naturally occurring chemical called coumarin. When consumed in excess, it can cause many of the symptoms I have experienced and others. When I learned this information, I decided it was worth giving up cold turkey to see if that would solve my problems, “she said.

Sure enough – cinnamon was the culprit! “I felt better immediately after cutting out the cinnamon, but it took about a year to get back to normal,” said Bridgette. She recently created a TikTok about her story, which now has over a million views on the platform.

For more information on the potential dangers of cinnamon, BuzzFeed reached out to Dr. Nighat Arif, a UK-based family doctor who specializes in women’s health. Just as Bridgette’s father found out during his research, Dr. Nighat that the main ingredient to look out for is coumarin. “Coumarin is a chemical compound found in several plants, including cinnamon, that can cause liver damage in large doses,” she told BuzzFeed. “The only type of cinnamon that doesn’t contain coumarin is Ceylon, which means it has the wonderful benefits of cinnamon without that disadvantage.”

“In Germany there are even guidelines on how much coumarin is tolerated. The Germans recommend 0.1 milligrams per 2.2 kilograms of body weight.”

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Dr. Nighat said, as long as you check the label to make sure the cinnamon you buy doesn’t contain coumarin, the spice can be very beneficial for your health. “It helps better [the body’s] Sugar storage, improves insulin sensitivity in the liver and helps with sugar control, ”she said. “It’s also an antioxidant, so it helps neutralize free radicals – and prevents them from damaging cells in the body. It’s a brilliant spice – I use it in my tea, cooking, etc, but only a tiny amount … no teaspoons or tablespoons! “

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If you’re someone interested in consuming cinnamon on a regular basis, some experts have suggested using 1/2 to 1 teaspoon (also known as 2-4 grams) of the spice per day.

When asked how her new relationship with cinnamon is going, Bridgette said, “I was afraid of touching foods or products that contained cinnamon for a while, but now I practice moderately but I enjoy a recipe, the one Requires adequate amount of cinnamon. It’s about balance and mindfulness! “

Well there you have it – save the cinnamon folks!

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