AG Paxton Files Court Brief to Safeguard
Women’s Health and Protect the Unborn
AUSTIN, TX – Attorney General Ken Paxton last night filed a motion in U.S. District Court asking for dismissal of Whole Woman’s Health’s lawsuit challenging almost all abortion laws and regulations in Texas.
“Whole Woman’s Health is attempting to circumvent the democratic process and use the courts to change dozens of laws passed by the people’s representatives in the Texas Legislature,” said Attorney General Paxton.
Whole Woman’s Health is challenging more than 60 individual state laws or regulations in 19 different categories, including the parental consent requirement for minors, 24-hour waiting period, ultrasound requirement, and criminal penalties for non-compliance.
Abortion clinics throughout Texas already comply with the current laws and, in some cases, they have been doing so for decades. For instance, abortion facilities have been required to meet state licensing requirements and report certain data to the state since 1985.
The U.S. Supreme Court has already upheld laws like many of those challenged.
Some of the challenged laws include the state’s requirement that abortion providers sterilize their instruments, provide patients access to their medical records, the opportunity to ask questions and the right to be free from discrimination in their treatment.
“The financial interests of abortion doctors or their profit margins should never take precedence over women’s safety and well-being,” said Attorney General Paxton. “It’s shameful that Whole Woman’s Health no longer wants to comply with these common-sense regulations of abortion practice, many of which have previously been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.”
While STDs can impact anyone, the new report underscores how disparities are deepening for the hardest-hit and most vulnerable groups:
Youth aged 15-24 continue to make up most reported chlamydia and gonorrhea infections, and are now experiencing syphilis increases.
Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) continue to face the highest rates of syphilis and HIV co-infection. Data from the STD Surveillance Network (SSuN) also suggest gonorrhea rates have increased among MSM for five years.
Pregnant women are experiencing some of the harshest outcomes from untreated STDs with the continued surge of congenital syphilis (CS) – where cases rise to numbers unseen since 1998.
The good news is that we can interrupt the steady climb in STD rates. Doing so means that we must fully commit to doing what works AND to better understanding the changing face of the epidemic, as well as the real-world challenges that can stand in the way of preventing STDs.
Bringing the growing STD burden to a halt requires action by many. For example:
Here at CDC, we’ll continue monitoring national STD trends and for antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea; providing the most up-to-date screening, treatment, and other prevention services guidance; and funding health departments to help support their work to prevent STDs.
Health departments can continue to monitor and analyze their local STD burden; identify and link people with STDs and their partners to treatment and care; and disseminate up-to-date disease trends and clinical preventative resources to healthcare providers.
Providers can take routine sexual histories, as well as test, rapidly diagnose, and treat patients and partners as CDC recommends.
Together, we can make a difference, but it will take all of us – CDC, health departments, healthcare providers, community organizations, and individuals.
Louisiana is working to be that difference. Their health officials are confronting, head on, some of the highest STD rates in the country.
By tackling their burden on multiple fronts, Louisiana is gaining ground in spite of an uphill battle. For example, with syphilis, they’ve increased testing and reduced time to treatment in public health clinics.
In 2016, the number of CS cases decreased for the first time in five years. With expanded extragenital gonorrhea and chlamydia testing, they also diagnosed 165 cases that would have otherwise been missed.
These budding achievements are a strong reminder to us all that good prevention remains in reach. Reversing our growing STD burden will take a lot of work, and it won’t happen overnight, but it is worth it.
At the end of the day, STD prevention is about more than stopping a single disease, it’s about safeguarding our quality of life. I know it. You know it. Let’s make sure that other people know it, too.
Here are some resources especially for you, as well as prevention materials you can share in your community:
The Time To Communicate With Your Children Is Now Or Never
Our Country is besieged with an epidemic of monstrous proportions, yet the true numbers have been hidden even by the CDC. But even with the stats I will post, I have something very alarming to share tonight. May Our Dear GOD protect us and Bless us all.
The legacy of the Obama Administration was and is an attempt at genocide. He not only brought in people that hate us, he didn’t bother to test any for diseases, even though all of these people are from countries with HIV/AIDS epidemics worst than what we have, and the fact that Ebola was brought into Our Country is yet another indictment against his legacy.
Our X President also took the ban off homosexuals giving and selling blood.
I will take this time to address two (2) different groups before we continue.
To all the people that agree with, and the ones that simply turn a blind eye, to the wholesale murder of Our Babys, don’t leave yet when I tell you I TOLD YOU SO, because I also have something that includes all of you with the next group. Just imagine for one (1) minute, that if a full-sized hospital could not protect everyone from Ebola, how can you be so ignorant in believing Planned Parenthood was protecting everyone from HIV/AIDS????
I know many of you can remember the time when more than a few people thought I just set up here and made things up about Planned Parenthood, and also just pulled numbers out of no where and said they were more near correct for stats than the lie so many were believing. (That was a joke, but I see Our Senior Editor, and several more of Our Circle not laughing, and in fact are looking at the floor, My friends, they know me, you might want to get in position where you aren’t so obvious).
Huh, something just blew dirt in my eyes…. My Friends, even I can’t stay dry-eyed.
Not only have the antivaxxers been right, HEY THIS IS FOR ALL THE HILLARY AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD SUPPORTERS, how many remember the days when people thought I made up the fact that PPH was making $!,000,000 to $10,000,000 a day selling illegal fetal tissue for highly illegal research on fetal tissue, and for the viable baby organs.
I never saw any where that said it wasn’t still illegal to research on fetal tissue.
SO YOU TELL ME HOW THE CDC OWNS A WHOLE LOT OF VACCINATION PATENTS, some of these vaccinations are grown in dead cow blood along with metals and heavy metals.
But what might come as a shock is the fact that some of these vaccinations are grown in fetal tissue.
Before we continue with the rest of the epidemic material, I want everyone to know that I will attempt to bring you all the numbers, but there is more and more Children adversely affected by these vaccinations every day, this year is due to set records very early on.
This year alone, 10,000,000 young people, 13 years-of-age to 23, will contract one (1) or more STI or STD
35 percent of teens ages 14 to 19 have Human papillomavirus (HPV)
Girls age 15 to 19 have the highest rates of Gonorrhea and the second highest rate of Chlamydia of any age group
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Subject: CDC Releases ‘Call to Action’ to Reduce Syphilis
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
Public Health Service Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
CDC’s Division of STD Prevention is calling on public and private sectors, as well as affected communities, to help reduce syphilis through research, prevention, and outreach.
Historically low syphilis rates are in the rearview mirror, and today, we face increasing syphilis rates across almost every demographic. Of utmost concern is the continued high rate among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, as well as a sudden surge of congenital syphilis rates.
We must act now to disrupt syphilis. And we need for everyone to pitch in with specific action steps encouraged in the Call to Action. For example:
Public health departments need to improve surveillance; partner with healthcare providers and patient advocacy groups; conduct partner services; increase screening; and ensure collaboration between State and local STD, HIV, and maternal and child public health programs
Healthcare Providers need to take complete sexual histories; follow CDC testing recommendations; treat diagnosed patients immediately per CDC guidelines; and work with the health department to report all cases of syphilis by stage, including cases of congenital syphilis
Decision-makers and community leaders need to talk to STD program professionals in their jurisdiction and address any policy barriers to affected populations seeking or obtaining recommended screening and treatment
While getting back to the basics of syphilis prevention will help make a difference, it will not put a full stop to this disease. For these reasons, the Call to Action also outlines action steps needed from affected communities, universities, industry, and even electronic medical records vendors.
I understand that we’re asking for a lot from everyone; however, we’re committed to undoing these worsening syphilis trends with you.
CDC pledges to unite and strengthen new and old tools of prevention to protect the public from this dangerous disease. We will, for example, improve surveillance; make a syphilis specimen repository available for technological developments; and help develop novel diagnostic tools and better prevention tools. At the same time, we will continue ongoing work to prevent all STDs, including syphilis.
Together, we can put syphilis behind us where it belongs.
Thank you for your commitment to STD prevention.
Gail Bolan, MD
Director, Division of STD Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Gov. Rick Snyder signs bills expanding protections for survivors of human trafficking
Our readers will find a short description of each of the three (3) House Bills addressed in this post.
~ Robert StrongBow ~
LANSING, MI – Survivors of human trafficking will have heightened protections under legislation signed Wednesday by Gov. Rick Snyder.
“These bills help strengthen and increase protections for survivors of human trafficking,” Snyder said. “By holding criminals accountable for their actions, we move one step closer toward stopping this dangerous threat.”
House Bills 5542-5544, sponsored by state Reps. Laura Cox, Gary Howell and Nancy Jenkins, respectively, provide assistance to survivors of human trafficking by giving them resources to help support their recovery. The bills also increase penalties for those who commit crimes by coercing victims to engage in commercial sexual activity. The measures are now Public Acts 336-338 of 2016.
Snyder also signed two additional bills:
House Bill 4874, sponsored by state Rep. Tom Leonard, names a portion of Business Route 127 in Clinton County as the “PFC Andrew H. Nelson Memorial Highway”. The stretch begins at the intersection of Business Route 127 and West Walker Road and continues south to East Townsend Road. PFC Andrew Nelson was killed in action on December 25, 2006 in Baghdad, Iraq after an explosive device detonated near his vehicle. It is now Public Act 339 of 2016.
Senate Bill 800, sponsored by state Sen. Dave Hildenbrand, contains Fiscal Year 2016 and 2017 supplemental appropriations for multiple state departments and agencies. It is now Public Act 340 of 2016.
(PA 336 of 2016) House Bill Criminal procedure; expunction; setting aside certain convictions for victims of human trafficking violations; provide for. Amends sec. 1 of 1965 PA 213 (MCL 780.621).
Last Action: 12/14/2016 – assigned PA 336’16 with immediate effect
HB 5543 of 2016
(PA 337 of 2016) House Bill Juveniles; crimes; set-aside juvenile adjudication for certain prostitution-related offenses; provide for. Amends sec. 18e, ch. XIIA of 1939 PA 288 (MCL 712A.18e).
Last Action: 12/14/2016 – assigned PA 337’16 with immediate effect
HB 5544 of 2016
(PA 338 of 2016) House Bill Crimes; penalties; penalties for bodily injury to or commercial sexual activity involving a minor; provide for. Amends secs. 451 & 462f of 1931 PA 328 (MCL 750.451 & 750.462f).
Last Action: 12/14/2016 – assigned PA 338’16 with immediate effect