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Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking...

 

Some Missouri hospitals briefly halt emergency contraception

A large Missouri hospital chain briefly stopped providing emergency contraception amid confusion over whether the state's abortion ban could put doctors at risk of criminal charges for providing the medication, even for sexual assault victims. St....

 

OSDH identifies first probable case of monkeypox in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has identified its first probable case of monkeypox and is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to confirm the infection in a central Oklahoma resident with recent international...

 
 By Paul Monies    Regional    May 29, 2022

Audit questions slowness of Oklahoma support for abortion alternatives

As Oklahoma’s Republican lawmakers pass the nation’s strictest anti-abortion laws, an internal audit by the Oklahoma State Department of Health shows the agency has serious concerns about the performance of a vendor selected to provide... Full story

 

Legal challenge filed to stop Oklahoma anti-abortion bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of abortion providers in Oklahoma filed a legal challenge Thursday to a new law that bans nearly all abortions in the state. The lawsuit filed with the Oklahoma Supreme Court seeks to stop the new law from taking effect...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    May 25, 2022

Oklahoma governor signs the nation's strictest abortion ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday signed into law the nation's strictest abortion ban, making the state the first in the nation to effectively end availability of the procedure. State lawmakers approved the ban enforced...

 

If Roe falls, some fear repercussions for reproductive care

If the Supreme Court follows through on overturning Roe v. Wade, abortion likely will be banned or greatly restricted in about half the U.S. states. But experts and advocates fear repercussions could reach even further, affecting care for women who...

 

Stitt taps interim health commissioner to lead agency

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt nominated interim Commissioner of Health Keith Reed on Thursday to take over the job permanently. If approved by the Senate, Reed will become the fourth health commissioner since Stitt took office in...

 

'Magic mushrooms' for therapy? Vets help sway conservatives

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The medicinal use of hallucinogenic mushrooms is making inroads in U.S. states as military veterans advocate for the therapeutic value of psychedelic drugs, including in conservative states like Utah, Texas and Oklahoma. At...

 

Abortion training under threat for med students, residents

For many U.S. medical students and residents seeking abortion training, options are scant and under threat. Within the past year, bills or laws seeking to stifle abortion education have been proposed or enacted in at least eight states. More are...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    April 13, 2022

Oklahoma governor signs bill to make abortion illegal

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Tuesday that makes it a felony to perform an abortion, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, as part of an aggressive push in Republican-led states across the country to... Full story

 

Board: Physician-legislator's COVID directive has no weight

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas board that licenses health care providers raised concerns Friday about a letter that a physician-legislator sent to doctors suggesting that they prescribe ivermectin and other medications that aren't approved to...

 

COVID pandemic's end may bring turbulence for US health care

WASHINGTON (AP) — When the end of the COVID-19 pandemic comes, it could create major disruptions for a cumbersome U.S. health care system made more generous, flexible and up-to-date technologically through a raft of temporary emergency measures. Wi...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 30, 2022

Kansas won't enforce vaccine rule for nursing home workers

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's says Kansas won't enforce a federal mandate that nursing home workers get vaccinated against COVID-19, acknowledging Wednesday that it conflicts with an anti-mandate state law she signed four...

 

2 bird flu cases found in Sedgwick, Dickinson counties

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — More cases of avian influenza, more commonly called bird flu, have been found in Kansas, state agriculture officials said. The Kansas Department of Agriculture has confirmed the disease in a backyard home-farm flock of birds...

 

Bird flu reported in mixed bird flock in Franklin County

OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) — A flock of birds in Franklin County in northeast Kansas have been diagnosed with avian influenza, better known as bird flu, federal and state agriculture officials said. The affected flock is a mixture of chickens, ducks and oth...

 

Missouri could make it harder to get out-of-state abortions

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — First-of-its-kind Missouri legislation shows that anti-abortion lawmakers in Republican-led states aren't likely to stop at banning most abortions within their borders but also could try to make it harder to go out of...

 

Texas clinics' lawsuit over abortion ban 'effectively over'

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court on Friday dealt essentially a final blow to abortion clinics' best hopes of stopping a restrictive law that has sharply curtailed the number of abortions in the state since September and will now fully s...

 

Muscogee names former Oklahoma health commissioner to post

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Dr. Lance Frye, Oklahoma's former state health commissioner, has been appointed surgeon general of the Muscogee Nation, the tribe announced Tuesday. Muscogee Nation Principal Chief David Hill and tribal Secretary of Health...

 

Oklahoma moves toward 'endemic' approach to COVID-19

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two years after officials announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Oklahoma, state officials say they are shifting their response efforts to an "endemic" approach to the coronavirus. Interim health commissioner Keith...

 

Oklahoma Senate panel passes 5 anti-abortion measures

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Senate committee approved five anti-abortion bills, including one that would ban abortions 30 days after conception, before many women know they're pregnant. All five measures were approved Monday by the Senate...

 

Oklahoma abortion providers see huge influx of Texas women

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two abortion providers in Oklahoma said Tuesday that they're still seeing a massive influx of women from Texas who want to terminate their pregnancies after Texas last year passed the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the...

 

New Oklahoma COVID-19 cases are down sharply in recent weeks

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of new COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma has fallen sharply in recent weeks, and hospitalizations are also decreasing, state health officials said Wednesday while adding words of caution as the pandemic continues. The...

 

Free virtual addiction support program helps families during most recent Covid-19 surge

TULSA, Okla. — Isolation and stress caused from the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic can lead many to turn to drugs to cope. According to the Center for Disease Control, Oklahoma has seen a 20 percent rise in drug overdose deaths during the pandemic....

 

Nursing homes hit by latest Covid surge

At least one long-term care worker and 16 residents are casualties of Oklahoma's largest Covid-19 spike since the pandemic began, Oklahoma Watch found in a review of the state health department's... Full story

 

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