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Senate Committee Approves Tougher Abortion Regulations

first_imgJanuary 29, 2018By Emily KettererTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Legislation that would that would add more reporting and tracking requirements to Indiana’s abortion regulations passed a Senate committee Wednesday.Among the provisions in the 12 pages of Senate Bill 340 are more inspections of abortion clinics, additions to informed consent forms patients must review and sign, and the reporting of complications to the Indiana Department of Health.Those in opposition to the bill said the regulations are unnecessary while those in support saw them as a contribution to the safety of women.Part of the bill mandates an annual inspection of abortion clinics and requires more information from those applying to open clinics. Sen. Liz Brown, R-Fort Wayne, one of the authors of the bill, said it’s important to know what is happening inside clinics.“There’s that infamous abortion doctor in Philadelphia where women died,” Brown said. “We’d want to know if there’s a physician out there who are killing women because of surgical complications or administering medicine improperly.”Lynne Bunch, the vice president of patient services at Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, said the legislation is not about safety and the bill would eliminate the safe access to abortion.“Decades of data also show abortion in the United States is one of the safest procedures in medicine,” Bunch said. “Please do not set up a system whereby the avenue to safe legal abortion is prevented with more hurdles and will eventually eliminate it.”Christina Francis, an anti-abortion OB-GYN from Fort Wayne, said the complications that arise from abortions often go unreported, making informed consent difficult.Christina Francis, an OB-GYN from Fort Wayne, discusses women’s health in favor of Senate Bill 340.Photo by Kirsten NielsenTheStatehouseFile.com“Unfortunately, many abortion providers report a complication rate of zero or nearly zero, but this is only because many of them do not see their own complications,” Francis said. “Many women present themselves to a local emergency room, and their complications are not tied back to their abortions.”Sue Swayze of Indiana Right to Life said they have been working for years to get regulations on reporting complications.SB 340 identifies by name 27 possible complications that the bill says can be linked back to abortions. The bill adds a number of questions that must be asked of patients who show up in the hospital with any of the complications, which must be reported to the health department.Haylee Brannon, who had an abortion, said the list of psychological and physical complications to report is meant to shame women who have had one.Haylee Brannon shares her abortion story and opposition to Senate Bill 340.Photo by Kirsten NielsenTheStatehouseFile.com“I would have reported how mentally and emotionally exhausting it was to jump through so many hoops in order to obtain a procedure I knew I was certain I wanted and I knew was 99 percent safe,” Brannon said. “I would have reported that the only trauma I endured was from pulling into clinic lined with protestors waving posters of dead babies.”Another provision expands informed consent, requiring physicians to tell women of alternatives such as the Safe Haven law. This law allows a person to anonymously surrender an infant to an emergency services establishment without risk of arrest or prosecution.Physicians must also provide all information about the medication before prescribing an abortion-inducing drug, which is more commonly used today.Swayze said the drug regulation is important because it is currently not as regulated and women are four times more likely to experience a complication if they take an abortion-inducing pill.“I don’t want them to not understand the chemical activity that is going to be happening in their body,” Swayze said.The bill passed in a 6-1 vote. Sen. Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, was the only member in opposition to the bill. He said the bill is unconstitutional and takes away the right of women to choose.“This is nothing but big brother state government sticking their nose into an area of a person’s life where they have no business knowing about,” Lanane said.FOOTNOTE: Emily Ketterer is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Polish pensions raid ‘harmed credibility’ of future reforms – OECD

first_imgThe OECD noted only two advantages of the transfer of assets, driven largely by the government’s desire to address increasing public debt perceived to be the result of second-pillar reforms that diverted part of the population’s pay-as-you-go contributions into the OFEs.It said the “upsides” would be a reduction in debt-service payments and a fall in “high” OFE operating costs, although it speculated that a reduction in management costs could have also been achieved through better regulation of the funds forming the second pillar.However, overall, its view of the pension changes seemed negative.“The combination of the 1999 reform and its partial reversal might well damage social trust in the pension system and harm the credibility of future structural reforms more broadly,” the report said.Plans to overhaul the structure of the pension system first became public last summer, as the government considered how best to design the 15-year old system’s payout phase.At the time, the Polish Chamber of Pension Funds (IGTE) alleged that the information used by the government to make its case was “false and dishonestly presented”.Polish president Bronisław Komorowski nevertheless signed the controversial bill into law at the beginning of January. Poland’s forced transfer of more than half the second pillar’s pension assets to the state social security fund (ZUS) undermines trust in its pension system and could harm the credibility of future reforms, the OECD has said.The think tank also warned that the changes – which will see the open pension funds’ (OFE) ability to invest in fixed income restricted – could cut “already low future replacement rates”.The report, part of the OECD’s regular economic surveys of its member states, continued: “Another result of the recent reforms will be somewhat less liquidity on the domestic Treasury bond market.“Moreover, the cancellation of the OFEs’ Treasury bond holdings increased the share of non-resident investors in zloty-denominated public debt and curtail the participation of local investors with a long-term investment horizon.”last_img read more

Ogier edges first day

first_img Press Association The dominant Volkswagen duo split the eight forest-based stages spread over 145kms, winning four apiece, but with Frenchman Ogier just 6.6secs clear of Finn Latvala. Such has been their form this season, winning 11 of the 12 rallies to date, at present it is a straight fight between them to the finishing line on Sunday, barring any incidents. Newly-crowned double World Rally champion Sebastien Ogier has the edge over bitter rival and team-mate Jari-Matti Latvala going into day two of Wales Rally GB. center_img In his final rally, Mikko Hirvonen in his M-Sport Ford is one minute and 13 seconds adrift, leading what would appear to be a four-way battle for the final place on the podium. Just 20 seconds separate Hirvonen to sixth-placed Thierry Neuville in his Hyundai, with the pair split by Kris Meeke and Mads Ostberg. After a slow start, compounded by a 10-second jump-start penalty ahead of stage one, Meeke was third quickest behind Ogier and Latvala in four of the final five stages. Stage six, though, proved particularly costly for Meeke as he was only eighth on the timesheet, dropping 17 seconds overall to the leaders. But going into day two the Northern Irishman is 7.7secs adrift of Hirvonen in his Citroen, with team-mate Ostberg a further 0.7secs down. Behind Neuville, local hero Elfyn Evans is alone in seventh in his M-Sport Ford, one minute and 50 seconds down on Ogier. last_img read more

The Latest: Paris-Nice cycling race to end a day early

first_imgNo indication has yet been given as to when the league could resume. The league says it will next meet on Tuesday following a UEFA meeting.___9:55 a.m.Everton has become the third Premier League soccer club to put its entire playing squad in quarantine after a player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.Arsenal and Chelsea announced similar measures on Thursday. The Paris-Nice cycling race won’t finish in Nice because of the coronavirus outbreak, and will instead be stopped one day early at the end of Stage 7 on Saturday.The final stage would have taken the race on a 113.5-kilometer (70.5-mile) loop north of Nice. Instead, the race will stop in Valdeblore la Colmiane.___11:10 a.m.The English Premier League has been suspended after three clubs put their entire playing squads in self-isolation because of coronavirus. The quarterfinal draws in both competitions, scheduled for next Friday, have also been postponed.The decision comes four days ahead of a meeting to decide the European soccer calendar, including the possible one-year postponement of the 2020 European Championship.___3:35 p.m.The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to delay the start of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament by two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the world (all times local):___12:40 p.m. Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The league had expected to continue with a full schedule this weekend with fans, but later decided to suspend all matches until April 3 “at the earliest.”The same suspension applies for the three lower divisions overseen by the English Football League and to England’s top two women’s divisions.Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, leading to the cancellation of the match against Brighton on Saturday. Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also had a positive test on Thursday, while Everton said Friday that a player had reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus and said its squad was self-isolating.Two more clubs said some players or staff would isolate. Bournemouth said Friday that reserve goalkeeper Artur Boruc and four members of staff had symptoms consistent with the virus. Leicester said Thursday that three players had “extremely mild illness” and would self-isolate as a precaution.___ 10:30 a.m.The England cricket team’s test series in Sri Lanka has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The England and Wales Cricket board says it made the decision for the players to return home after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket.England was set to play the first test of its two-test series on Thursday, with the second test set for March 27.The ECB says “we look forward to returning to Sri Lanka in the very near future to fulfil this important Test series.” The decision was announced with England playing in a test warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI.England also has tests scheduled at home against West Indies in June and Pakistan in late July and August.___11:15 a.m.UEFA has postponed all Champions League and Europa League games because of the coronavirus outbreak.center_img The tournament will now start on April 15 instead of March 29.___11 a.m.The French soccer league has suspended all matches indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Matches were scheduled to be held in empty stadiums but the French league made its decision in an emergency meeting a day after President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation on television. Everton says the club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff. Its training complex has been closed down along with its stadium, Goodison Park.Everton is scheduled to play Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday.However, it is increasingly likely all Premier League matches will be suspended. League officials are holding an emergency meeting to discuss future steps.___10:40 a.m. The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday.The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday.All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums.Borussia Mönchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside.The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.” The Latest: Paris-Nice cycling race to end a day early March 13, 2020 Associated Press last_img read more

It’s Opening Day 2019…The Water is Calling You

first_imgFacebook24Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Yacht ClubSaturday May 11 is the annual Sound Sound Opening Day of Boating Season Celebration held in downtown Olympia along Percival Landing and the Port Plaza Park. All area residents are invited to attend and further, all South Sound boats interested in celebrating Opening Day are urged to join the Opening Day Parade which occurs the same weekend as the Olympia Wooden Boat Festival. Sponsored by the Olympia Yacht Club (OYC) with active support from the South Sound Sailing Society, Opening Day is a ceremony and celebration that marks the traditional start of the South Sound boating season. The Decorated Boat Parade with the Lakefair 2019 theme of “Cut Loose” is the day’s main event and all South Sound boats are welcome to join the Parade.Opening Day is a decades old Olympia event with similar events in other marine cities throughout Puget Sound. Key elements of South Sound Opening Day include live music, the Ceremony and Blessing of the Fleet and of course the Decorated Boats Parade along downtown Olympia’s shoreline.The Parade is open to any South Sound boat, BIG or small, Sail or Power; decorating your boat is urged but by no means required. South Sound boat owners interested in joining the May 11 Decorated Boat Parade should RSVP to 360-867-8418 via text or phone or email [email protected] to reserve their spot in the Parade.  Alternatively, they can also register in person at the OYC Clubhouse (201 Simmons Street, Olympia) on May 10 at 6:00 p.m.  Once registered, participants pickup their registration packets Saturday May 11 11:15 a.m. at the Skipper’s Meeting held at the OYC Clubhouse.The South Sound Opening Day Parade of Decorated Boats begins at 12:00 p.m. featuring both power and sail craft as little as 20 feet and up to 55 feet from throughout the South Sound.  Olympia’s Lakefair Court is embarked on the judge’s boat and helps award prizes for categories such as Best Sailboat and Best Themed Boat.  After starting near Port Plaza Park (excellent place to watch the event) the Opening Day Boat Parade heads out into West Bay before circling back to return to the Port Plaza Park and Percival Landing area.South Sound boat Skippers ought to participate in the 2019 Opening Day Parade. And, all South Sound residents and families interested in Olympia’s beautiful marine environment, a great local event and decorated boats should make the time to attend this long-standing maritime tradition on Saturday May 11.last_img read more

Go Med: Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet

first_imgFacebook14Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Geoffrey Ankeney, MD, Family Practice Physician, Kaiser Permanente Olympia Medical CenterHave you ever heard of a “Battle of the Bands” concert? It’s usually a fun show where band after band performs in the same venue, with a winner among them declared usually based largely on crowd response.There’s no fountain of youth, of course, but there is good evidence that the Mediterranean diet leads to real health benefits. Photo courtesy: Kaiser PermanenteTurns out there’s been something similar going on with diets. And the winner is almost always – drumroll, please, Nigel – the Mediterranean Diet.The name of the diet is a bit of a misnomer, by the way. Know anyone who’s ever spent any time in ‘Mediterranea?’ Me neither. The diet is a reference to some commonalities among many of the countries that line the Mediterranean Sea. Most commonly, this means Italy, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Greece, Cyprus, and Croatia.Notably, this list excludes France, which is of course on the Med. And it includes Portugal, which is not on the med. It also leaves off Egypt, Libya, Israel, Palestine and Lebanon– all places with amazing food.So really it’s better then to describe what makes the Mediterranean diet distinctive: it has to do with the composition of the diet, rather than the location in the world where it came from.Fundamentally, we’re talking about a diet with olive oil as the principle source of fat, lots of vegetables especially leafy green ones, fresh fruits (dessert, in many Med cultures), and whole grain cereals, nuts, and legumes. Additionally, the typical Med diet is moderate in seafood, poultry, and dairy products, especially cheese and yogurt. Red wine is common in this diet and a big part of many cultures around the Mediterranean basin, but not consumed excessively. Notably, foods like eggs, red meat, processed meats, and sweets are very rare.There’s no fountain of youth, of course, but there is good evidence that the Mediterranean diet leads to real health benefits.Take heart disease. In a meta-analysis in 2013, the Med Diet was compared to vegan, vegetarian, low-carb (Atkins), high-fiber and high-protein (roughly speaking, a Keto diet) and found to improve risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Alternately, there was minimal evidence that vegetarian and vegan diets kept pace.The presumed reason for this is the diet’s emphasis on monounsaturated fats (good, we think) and fiber while de-emphasizing saturated fats. The “active ingredient” here is the olive oil. It contains notably oleic acid which is currently thought to be a great source of energy without the many side-effects of many other types of fatty acids. This is an area of avid clinical research. And a 2014 meta-analysis concluded that an elevated consumption of olive oil is associated with reduced risk of all-cause mortality, cardiovascular events, and stroke.Additional studies have found promising evidence that a Med diet improves blood sugar control in diabetes and reduces risk of developing some cancers. One study found that strict adherence to the diet lowered the chance of dying from cancer by 6%.According to a systematic study in 2016 and two similar reviews in 2013, the Med diet was found to improve cognitive function. One found the diet lowered the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, the others found that cognitive function decline was slowed by the diet in people who already had the disease.Perhaps not surprisingly, in the 2019 edition of U.S. News and World Report Best Diets, the Mediterranean Diet was ranked #1, claiming, “With its emphasis on fruits, vegetables, olive oil, fish and other healthy fare, the Mediterranean diet is eminently sensible.”But life in “Mediterranea” isn’t just about fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Perhaps one of the best precepts of the Med diet is the way it is usually practiced. In most of the countries mentioned, meal time is slow, peaceful and highly family-oriented. Most of the food is fresh because it came from Grandpa’s tomato garden, or the wine was made from the grapes in the family’s small backyard vineyard.All told, yes, the Mediterranean diet likely contains a better balance of nutrients and emphasizes calories that are better for our bodies. But the bigger picture is one of joy around the family table. If we’re going to pick up anything up from our friends collected around the sparkling blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea, this is it.last_img read more