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Texas Sued Again Over Anti-Abortion Laws

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Planned Parenthood and other groups are suing the state over its ban on a second-trimester procedure. Also in Texas, state lawmakers consider further abortion regulations. Elsewhere, women’s reproductive health issues draw headlines in Ohio and Washington state.

N.Y. Hospital Offers To Treat British Baby At Center Of Life-Support Battle In Europe

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New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center says it would admit Charlie Gard, an 11-month-old infant with a rare and fatal genetic disease, if allowed by law and if he can be transferred safely. European courts ruled that the baby could be removed from life support against the wishes of his parents.

Profit Mining The Opioid Epidemic: These Middlemen Are Turning ‘Patients Into Paychecks’

KHN Morning Briefing

Patient brokers can earn up to tens of thousands of dollars a year by wooing vulnerable addicts for treatment centers that often provide few services and sometimes are run by disreputable operators with no training or expertise. Meanwhile, there are tools people can turn to in order to manage chronic pain, but the treatments costs thousands of dollars.

DOJ Buys More Time On Health Law’s Contraception Mandate Decision

KHN Morning Briefing

The agency asks the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit for 60 more days to negotiate with groups that have issues with the mandate. So far, the administration has offered little guidance on where it stands on this part of Obamacare.