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Outdated, dangerous childbirth practices persist in Europe

Dec. 12, 2019 2:54 PM EST

BARCELONA (AP) — When Clara Massons was in labor with her son, a midwife climbed onto her bed and pushed down on Massons’ belly, explaining that she was helping to deliver her baby. For the next few hours, the midwife and a doctor took turns pressing down during contractions, using an old, now...

German doctor fined again over abortion advertising ban

Dec. 12, 2019 10:09 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A German doctor has been convicted for the second time of violating a ban on advertising abortions in a case that has become a rallying point for opponents of the law. News agency dpa reported Thursday that Kristina Haenel was fined 2,500 euros ($2,775) by the state court in the central city...

Phoenix fire chief to have mastectomy for breast cancer

Dec. 12, 2019 9:16 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Fire Chief Kara Kalkbrenner says she's been diagnosed with breast cancer and will undergo a double mastectomy and reconstruction Friday. Kalkbrenner made the disclosure in an open letter she posted on the Fire Department's Facebook account Thursday night. Kalbrenner also said the...

California calls pot smoke, THC a risk to moms-to-be

Dec. 11, 2019 8:49 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California panel voted Wednesday to declare marijuana smoke and the drug's high-producing chemical — THC — a risk to pregnant women and their developing fetuses and require warning labels for products legally sold in the nation's largest pot market. The decision by the...

Alabama infant mortality rate hits record low

Dec. 11, 2019 6:37 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s infant mortality rate has reached a record low, but racial disparities have persisted, state health officials announced Wednesday. The Alabama Department of Public Health announced the 2018 infant mortality rate was the lowest in Alabama history with 7.0 deaths per...

Lobbyist had hand in bill sparking ectopic pregnancy flap

Dec. 11, 2019 1:59 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio lawmaker who proposed legislation extending insurance coverage to a procedure considered medically impossible as a way of fighting abortion worked closely on the bill with a conservative lobbyist, newly released emails show. State Rep. John Becker, a southwestern Ohio...

Group files brief in defense of North Dakota abortion law

Dec. 10, 2019 5:15 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An anti-abortion group has filed a brief in defense of a North Dakota law that requires doctors to inform women that they can reverse the procedure when it is carried out with medication, even though the science behind that claim is disputed. Heartbeat International Inc. and its...

Pilots, flight attendants sue Frontier for discrimination

Dec. 10, 2019 2:25 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A group of Frontier Airlines pilots and flight attendants filed two lawsuits on Tuesday claiming the company discriminated against them during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. The lawsuits said the eight women “found themselves faced with mounting obstacles once they became pregnant...

Northam proposes $22M to improve maternal health outcomes

Dec. 9, 2019 3:58 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced Monday that his budget proposal will include about $22 million for efforts to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies and reduce the racial disparity in the state’s maternal mortality rate. Part of the funding in the spending plan...

Supreme Court leaves Kentucky's ultrasound law in place

Dec. 9, 2019 12:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday left in place a Kentucky law requiring doctors to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before abortions. The justices did not comment in refusing to review an appeals court ruling that upheld the law. Enforcement of the law had been on hold...