first_imgThis isn’t because they want to have more abortions. It’s because their underfunded, substandard, erratic and chaotic health care leaves them little alternative. The situation is only likely to become worse as more red states line up to adopt Republican cuts in Medicaid that will make it even harder for poor women to get regular checkups.Because of limited medical options, low-income women have a much lower rate of effective contraception than women higher on the income scale. With regular gynecological care, there’s every reason to expect that poor women’s use of contraception would resemble that of other women in the United States.Unfortunately, that’s not currently the case. The result of ignoring poor women’s health needs is that we end up with approximately 600,000 more unplanned pregnancies and 300,000 more abortions each year than if we provided all women with accessible medical care.If we truly want to lower the abortion rate, we should be increasing funding for organizations such as Planned Parenthood. “De-fund Planned Parenthood” may be an effective slogan for whipping up the conservative base. But for the hundreds of thousands of additional fetuses that will be aborted each year due to wretched health care for low-income women, that slogan is a death sentence.Well-funded health care translates into vastly fewer abortions. Isn’t that what “pro-life” people say they want?Jacqueline DoneganSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady man dies following Cutler Street dirt bike crashTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stop Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIf anti-abortion proponents really want to drastically reduce the number of abortions in America, instead of just using the issue to score political points, there is a straightforward solution: Provide decent health care for low-income women.In his book, “Sex and the Constitution,” University of Chicago constitutional scholar Geoffrey R. Stone notes that while poor women make up 15 percent of the population, they account for 42 percent of all abortions.last_img read more

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first_img“Our investigators have already developed a substantial amount of evidence about the circumstances of this tragic crash,” NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said in a statement.”And we are confident that we will be able to determine its cause as well as any factors that contributed to it so we can make safety recommendations to prevent accidents like this from occurring again.”In addition to 41-year-old Bryant and Gianna, those killed in the crash were her basketball teammates Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester, Alyssa’s parents John and Keri Altobelli, Payton’s mother Sarah Chester, basketball coach Christina Mauser and pilot Ara Zobayan.They were heading to a girls’ basketball tournament at Bryant’s Mamba Sports Academy in suburban Thousand Oaks having departed from John Wayne Airport in Orange County.The deaths rocked the NBA and the wider sporting world as well as Los Angeles — where Bryant won five NBA titles playing for all of his 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers.Memorials sprang up around the city as fans left flowers, balloons, basketballs, stuffed animals, jerseys and other memorabilia in Bryant’s honor at the Lakers’ Staples Center arena, the team training facility in suburban El Segundo and as close to the crash site as they could get.The Lakers honored Bryant with a pre-game ceremony less than a week after his death and a public memorial for Bryant and the other victims has reportedly been scheduled for February 24 at Staples Center.The report includes photographs of the crash area in the Santa Monica Mountains, including one from a witness near the site and one from a security camera that shows the helicopter flying into clouds.It also includes comments from a witness who was on a mountain bike trail and told investigators he heard the helicopter approaching.He said he saw the blue and white helicopter emerge from the clouds, travelling forward and down, observing it for about two seconds before it crashed.Topics : “Viewable sections of the engines showed no evidence of an uncontained or catastrophic internal failure.”The No. 2 engine first-stage compressor blades exhibited tip curl in the direction opposite of rotation, consistent with powered rotation at the time of impact.”Friday’s report was a summary of investigators’ findings so far. A final report identifying the cause of the crash is expected to take at least a year to complete.Investigators from the NTSB and other bodies are considering what role heavy fog that Sunday morning might have played. Wreckage at the scene of the helicopter crash that killed NBA great Kobe Bryant and eight others showed no evidence of engine failure, a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said Friday.Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna were among the nine who perished when the helicopter crashed in rugged terrain west of Los Angeles on January 26.”All significant components of the helicopter were located within the wreckage area,” according to the report. “Examination of the main and tail rotor assemblies found damage consistent with powered rotation at the time of impact.last_img read more

first_img Roughly 2,000 Nike employees from 80 countries work at the site.Dutch health authorities have reported 10 coronavirus infections since Feb. 28. Topics : Nike’s European headquarters in the Netherlands will be closed on Monday and Tuesday after an employee was infected with the coronavirus.Dutch news agency ANP, citing an internal email, reported overnight that the office in Hilversum would be disinfected. The employee was staying home in isolation for 14 days, it said.”The place is on lockdown,” a security guard at the location told Reuters.last_img read more

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here religion Islam Ahmadiyah Ahmadiyah-Mosque Ahmadiyah-followers sukabumi West-Java persecution MUI Komnas-HAM Topics : Forgot Password ? Facebook Google Log in with your social account Authorities in Sukabumi, West Java, have reportedly halted the reconstruction of a mosque belonging to an Ahmadiyah group in the regency, highlighting continued repression against the minority Muslim group since 2008 when the mosque was set ablaze by mobs.The authorities are personnel from the Parakansalak Police precinct and officials from the Sukabumi regency administration.Asep Saepudin, the leader of Jemaah Ahmadiyah in Parakansalak district, reported the intimidation to the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) on Monday seeking justice.Asep said the police precinct’s head Adj. Comr. Slamet Irianto visited the mosque on Feb. 19 and told the construction workers who had commenced work the previous day to stop. The police chief said that a mob would come to the site and ransack the building if the builders continued.The following day, officials from the … Linkedinlast_img read more

first_imgThe other case announced on Wednesday was a 68-year-old French woman whose husband had previously tested positive.The West African country’s first two cases were reported earlier in the week.All four patients are in stable condition, the health ministry said Thursday. Senegal was the second sub-Saharan nation to register an infection, after Nigeria. South Africa became the third on Thursday.Experts have expressed concern over the continent’s vulnerability to outbreaks of contagious diseases. “The emergency protocol was activated, and the patient is in a hospital in the capital,” the UN said in a statement.”In line with confidentiality requirements with respect to the patient’s condition, no further information will be given.”An investigation by epidemiologists from the ministry of health is currently under way to test people recently in contact with the patient.”A UN spokeswoman in Dakar confirmed to AFP that the woman was the organization’s first employee worldwide to test positive to the deadly virus. Topics :center_img A British United Nations employee is one of the four people who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Senegal, the organization said Thursday, confirming it was the UN’s first case worldwide.Senegal announced two new cases on Wednesday, one of which was a 33-year-old English woman who returned from a trip to London to the capital Dakar on Feb. 24.The UN said on Thursday that the woman was one of its employees.last_img read more

first_imgA survivor was rescued after 69 hours trapped under a collapsed hotel used as a coronavirus quarantine facility in eastern China Tuesday, as officials said the building had been illegally rebuilt several times.Twenty people died when the 66-room hotel crumbled Saturday night, with 41 people rescued from the wreckage injured and nine still feared trapped.The unidentified man was pulled out late Tuesday afternoon nearly three days after the building collapsed, according to the official Xinhua news agency, and sent to a nearby hospital. Topics : The accident has exposed safety loopholes neglected by local authorities, Shang Yong, deputy head of the Ministry of Emergency Management, said at a press conference Tuesday.”This hotel was illegally constructed and had repeatedly violated the regulations,” Shang said, saying local officials had “neglected their supervision responsibilities.”Local media published video that appeared to show the hotel’s facade crumbling to the ground in seconds, exposing the structure’s steel frame.The building in the coastal city of Quanzhou — which has recorded 47 virus cases — had been repurposed to house people who had recently been in regions hard hit by COVID-19, according to local newspaper Quanzhou Evening News.center_img Video posted online Tuesday by the Ministry of Emergency Management showed rescuers bowing over the body of a victim, with one rescuer breaking down in tears and leaving the scene.Earlier footage from the ministry showed rescuers helping children don surgical masks before pulling them from the remains of the six-story Xinjia hotel.A 12-year-old boy told emergency workers his mother was still buried in the rubble.”She was next to me just now,” he said in the video. His mother was pulled out alive hours later, according to the ministry.Rescuers were also seen spraying disinfectant on each other, part of “strict decontamination” measures between shifts.Besides the 61 people pulled out, nine others escaped on their own, the ministry said.The first floor had been undergoing renovation since before the Lunar New Year holiday, and authorities said construction workers called the hotel’s owner minutes before the collapse to report a deformed pillar.The owner has been summoned by police while investigators work to determine whether the renovation or an original structural issue was at fault, according to the ministry.Quanzhou Evening News reported Sunday that all of the people quarantined in the hotel had tested negative for the virus.The emergency management ministry said some 200 local and 800 Fujian province firefighters had been deployed to the scene along with 11 search and rescue teams and seven rescue dogs, according to Xinhua.The National Health Commission said it had dispatched to Quanzhou 18 medical experts from the nearby cities of Fuzhou and Xiamen.China is no stranger to building collapses and deadly construction accidents that are typically blamed on the country’s rapid growth leading to corner-cutting by builders and the widespread flouting of safety rules.At least 20 people died in 2016 when a series of crudely-constructed multi-story buildings packed with migrant workers collapsed in the eastern city of Wenzhou.last_img read more