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California Governor Signs New Abortion Bill



Finally, while so much of this country is consumed with making women's access to safe, legal abortions harder and harder to find, California leads the way -- again -- in allowing women to be responsible for their own bodies and their reproductive rights. Instead of moving backwards, the Golden State is moving forward. Governor Jerry Brown signed into law abortion provider legislation yesterday.

The gist of the legislation, as reported by Breitbart:

The bill, AB 154, passed both houses of the state legislature withstrong support from Planned Parenthood and pro-choice groups. Planned Parenthood stands to benefit most directly from the bill, as non-physician staff at its clinics would be able to obtain abortion licenses.

The bill permits licensed non-physicians to perform two kinds of abortion in the first trimester--by medication, and by aspiration, which requires the insertion of medical instruments into the uterus.

According to Fox Channel 5 in San Diego, 53% of California counties don't currently have access to certified abortion providers. That meant that a large number of women had the legal right to the procedure, but not the access. With the signing of the bill, a majority of Califorina women will now have a likelier chance of receiving this safe procedure and at a lower cost, easier access and with shorter wait times.

It comes down to this. Women have the legal right to their own bodies. Fair and reasonable access should never be the issue. That will be lessened now in California.

Want to see how important this decision is? Watch this:


At long last, Republicans have a health care plan of their own!


problem solved

go back start again back to drawing board

House Republicans have tried 40 times to repeal/defund the Affordable Care Act, despite knowing their efforts would go nowhere, despite knowing that the Senate would never pass it, and despite knowing that President Obama would veto it. Their priority was catering to their base instead of trying to pass laws that would benefit all Americans, help create jobs, improve education, and protect our civil rights.

And every time the GOP persists in their redundant, time-wasting stupidity, they're asked, "Okay, geniuses, what exactly will you replace Obamacare with?"

Their response? *Crickets.*

Now Heritage president and former South Carolina senator Jim DeMint has finally come up with the answer! Yes, at long last Republicans have a health care plan of their own to offer America!

He announced the Big New Idea at a town hall in Tampa, Florida: Uninsured Americans “will get better health care just going to the emergency room.”

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Of course! Brilliant! Why didn't we think of that?!

Oh wait, we did. Because that's what people without insurance have been forced to do for years.

Think Progress:

The so-called “free” care at emergency rooms is a result of The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act or (EMTALA), which requires hospitals that accept Medicare or Medicaid funding to treat patients for emergency medical conditions regardless of legal status or ability to pay. But EMTALA only applies to medical emergencies like heart attacks or serious injury. It does not offer any treatment for chronic conditions, leaving the millions of Americans with diabetes who need regular access to medication to stay alive, or asthma patients, or women diagnosed with breast cancer without access to care.

Studies also show that not all emergency room patients have equal outcomes. The uninsured who suffer “traumatic injuries, such as car crashes, falls and gunshot wounds, were almost twice as likely to die in the hospital as similarly injured patients with health insurance.”

GOP motto: If at first you don't succeed, fail, fail again.

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Can HIV Be Good For You?


Amazing -- the disease that took so many from us may be the solution to keeping so many more with us.  Want to be amazed?  Watch this.

And the next time cuts for scientific research come up in Congress, send your representative this video.  It's because of progressive thinking and scientific experimentation that advancements will be made.

Keep education funding alive -- it will keep all of us alive too.


Arizona may require hospitals to check citizenship


First the lovely, Jan Brewer-led, welcoming, big tent state of Arizona came up with that thing we like to call the Papers Please law. You remember that one, it required local police to question the immigration status of anyone they thought maybe, sort of, possibly could be in the country illegally... but only if they stopped the brown not white person to enforce a different law.

Thankfully, a judge put an end to that little stunt.

But Arizona lawmakers were just warming up. The altered SB 1070 law was just the opening act, because as you'll see, there's a sequel:

The proposal the Arizona Senate's judiciary committee would require hospitals to contact immigration authorities if a patient is an illegal immigrant.

Nothing says "get well" like cuffing you in your hospital sickbed.

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New Hospital Visitation Regulations for LGBT Families Go into Effect Tuesday


Some good news to start the day here on the west coast (please follow the link for more info about the HEI, as well as resources for hospitals and LGBT patients):

On Tuesday, federal regulations regarding patients’ hospital visitation rights will go into effect.  These new regulations require all hospitals participating in Medicaid and Medicare programs – virtually every hospital in the country – to permit patients to designate visitors of their choosing and prohibit discrimination in visitation based on a number of factors, including sexual orientation and gender identity.

I wish every day could start on a positive note like this. And how sad is it that by "positive note" I mean treating all people equally?

H/t: Adam Bouska, Greg Ostravich


New federal rules target hospital discrimination against gays and lesbians


Well hallefreakinglujah, something that makes sense.

Following a directive from President Barack Obama, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unveiled a final regulation Wednesday that will forbid hospitals that receive Medicare or Medicaid financing from enforcing visitation policies that discriminate against gays, lesbians and transsexual patients.

The new rule, which goes into effect 60 days from its publication, requires that hospitals have a written policy -- which must be explained to all patients -- that allows individuals who are admitted to determine who may visit them, regardless of legal relationships. Hospitals may limit visitation only if there is a clinical reason to do so, according to the rule, which will be added to the conditions for participating in the Medicaid and Medicare programs.

The rule will trump previous practices in many American hospitals that restricted visitors for some patients -- particularly in emergency rooms and intensive care units -- to spouses and immediate family, a limitation that often cut off gay and lesbian patients from their partners.

The final version, which follows a draft released in June, will go into effect Jan. 16. That's 60 days after Wednesday's publication in the federal register and eight months after the president first raised the issue in an April directive to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.


Obama orders hospital visitation rights for gays, lesbians


About fracking time.

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama has told the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a rule that would not allow hospitals to deny visitation privileges to gay and lesbian partners.

The president's memo Thursday notes that "There are few moments in our lives that call for great compassion and companionship that when a loved one is admitted to the hospital ... Yet every day, all across America, patients are denied the kindnesses and caring of a loved one at their sides ... "

Gay and lesbian Americans are "uniquely affected" by the relatives-only policy at hospitals, Obama said, adding that they "are often barred from the bedsides of the partners with whom they may have spent decades of their lives - unable to be there for the person they love, and unable to act as a legal surrogate if their partner is incapacitated."

Obama requested that the regulation should make clear that any hospital receiving Medicare and Medicaid funding, which mean the vast majority of U.S. hospitals, to allow patients to decide who can visit them and prohibit discrimination based on a variety of characteristics, including sexual orientation and gender identity.