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CA Joins Supreme Court Amicus Brief for Women’s Reproductive Rights

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SACRAMENTO – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced joining a multi-state coalition of 22 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court supporting a constitutional challenge to a Louisiana law that makes it nearly impossible for women to access safe, legal abortion services.

In June Medical Services v. Gee, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether a Louisiana law that requires abortion providers to maintain admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic violates women’s constitutional rights.

In the brief, the attorneys general argue that, consistent with the Supreme Court’s own decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the Louisiana law causes an undue burden on women’s access to healthcare and must be struck down.

“This law is yet another attempt to trample on women’s reproductive rights,” said Attorney General Becerra. “This law creates barriers for licensed medical providers to perform abortion services, and unlawfully jeopardizes women’s access to care. We will continue to fight against laws that harm women’s health and restrict their rights.”

In the brief, the attorneys general argue that the Louisiana admitting-privileges requirement at issue in this case, also known as Act 620, was modeled after and is nearly identical to a Texas statute that was struck down by the Supreme Court in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt.

In Whole Woman’s Health, the Court found that these admitting-privileges requirements imposed an undue burden on women’s constitutional right to access abortion services, failed to advance the State’s purported interest in women’s health, and resulted in devastating burdens on access to care.

Louisiana’s admitting-privileges requirement, like the Texas law on which it was based, harms women’s health by reducing access to safe and legal abortions.

Louisiana’s admitting-privileges requirement would result in more severe restrictions than those identified in Whole Woman’s Health. If allowed to take effect, Act 620 would leave a single physician to serve the 10,000 women who annually obtain legal, pre-viability abortions in Louisiana.

Under the law, there would no longer be any providers in the state able to provide legal pre-viability abortions after 16 weeks of pregnancy.

The coalition argues that limiting or eliminating women’s access to safe and legal abortion leads to worse health and socioeconomic outcomes. The brief describes the different ways that states promote women’s health without impeding women’s rights upheld by the constitution.

The filing of this brief is Attorney General Becerra’s latest effort in the fight to protect women’s reproductive rights. On April 12, 2019, Attorney General Becerra led a coalition of 22 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit filed by Jackson Women’s Health Organization in Mississippi, arguing that state laws cannot prohibit a woman from exercising her rights ensured by Roe v. Wade

On March 4, 2019, Attorney General Becerra filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration’s rule that places restrictions on Title X, the nation’s family planning program.

The rule restricts access to preventive healthcare and prohibits referrals for abortion. In addition, Attorney General Becerra is leading the legal defense of the Affordable Care Act in Texas v. U.S. to protect affordable healthcare coverage for millions of Americans. 

In filing the brief, Attorney General Becerra joined a coalition led by New York and the attorneys general of Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia.

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L.A. Teachers Sue Delta Airlines for Fuel Dump on Elementary School

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L.A. Teachers Sue Delta Airlines for Fuel Dump on Elementary School

LOS ANGELES — Delta Airlines just got hit with a lawsuit because one of its jets allegedly dumped fuel on an L.A. elementary school.

Video showed Delta flight 89, a Boeing 777 bound for China, turning back to LAX Tuesday to make an emergency landing, and spewing fuel as it went in preparation for landing. Unfortunately, that fuel ended up dousing children at Park Avenue Elementary in the city of Cudahy, CA.

Four teachers at the school have hired Gloria Allred to take on Delta. In the suit, obtained by TMZ, they say the pilot was asked by air traffic control if there was a need to dump fuel before landing … and the pilot said no.

The suit alleges the pilot dumped the fuel without notifying the control tower … and the big problem is … it was done at an altitude of about 2,000 feet. According to docs, that’s simply too low to allow the fuel to evaporate before it reaches the ground — it should be done at 5,000 feet or higher.

In the suit, the teachers say their clothes, flesh and eyes were coated in jet fuel — and it also got into their mouths. They say they had trouble breathing and needed medical treatment.

They’re suing Delta for negligence … and seeking damages.

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CA Hospitals Report First Local Death of 2020 Flu Season

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SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) — As flu season rages, Loma Linda University Medical Center has once again set up its overflow tent as a waiting room for patients suffering from the virus.

“We are seeing a lot of cases of flu, more so than we have in previous years,” Dr. Heather Tassone, who works in the Loma Linda emergency room, said. “We are seeing, in California, a greater number of deaths than last year at this time.”

The current flu season is on track to be one of the worst in recent history. In almost every state, 10 million have become sick so far, 4,800 people have died — including 70 in California and […]

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Dr. Oz Says Breakfast is a Sham, Waiting for Brunch Is Healthier

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Dr. Oz Says Breakfast is a Sham, Waiting for Brunch is Healthier

(TMZ) –Dr. Oz has a radical New Year’s resolution for folks that goes beyond dieting and sounds a little crazy … he wants to cancel breakfast.

The popular TV doctor is adamant the first meal of the day — the most important meal of the day according to lore — is actually a sham created by the advertising industry … and there’s a healthier alternative.

Dr. Oz tells us it’s better to wait a few hours until you’re actually hungry to eat — don’t just load up in the morning because you think you are supposed to. He suggests brunching daily over breakfast.

As for those who claim they ARE hungry first thing in the AM … Dr. Oz says you’re mistaken — it’s actually just withdrawals because you’re a food junkie.

BTW — we got Dr. Oz at his System 20 event in NYC, which featured his new plan to take control of your health in 2020 … so he’s certainly serious about the topic.

We did a little research ourselves, and it turns out … he might be on to something. Several studies in recent years show that breakfast has little to no effect on a person’s body weight, resting metabolic rate, cholesterol or blood sugar levels.

However, other studies suggest skipping breakfast is linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity … and being less physically active than someone who eats breakfast.

According to Dr. Oz, though — brunch is the new breakfast.

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