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Sophie Novack
Covering public health . Writing , , etc. Say hi/send tips: novack@texasobserver.org
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Sophie Novack Apr 18
they must be talking about this right
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Sophie Novack Apr 18
In Texas, which has 15 confirmed measles cases so far this year, lawmakers have introduced bills to make it easier to opt out of vaccine requirements and block the state from tracking exemptions. Background: &
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Sophie Novack Apr 18
Replying to @SophieNovack
Every so often I think about this — from my interview with state Rep. Senfronia Thompson last year — re anti-abortion bills in the Texas Legislature
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Elise Foley Apr 18
“Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m fucked.” Breakdown from & of the redacted Mueller report’s findings
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Sophie Novack Apr 17
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There's a lot of medically inaccurate info around these 'born alive' anti-abortion bills, which led to many parentheticals in this story, most of which, understandably, were cut. This one stayed though, I'll see myself out
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Sophie Novack Apr 17
TX House passed HB 16 today, which is part of a broader national strategy of 'Born Alive' anti-abortion bills which is part of a broader strategy of targeting abortions later in pregnancy which is part of a broader strategy of vilifying abortion providers
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Tim Grieve Apr 17
“By the end of 2018, about 30,000 people were working [for Facebook] on safety and security, which is roughly the number of newsroom employees at all the newspapers in the United States.”
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Sophie Novack Apr 16
TX House unanimously passes HB 8 to address rape kit backlog. Bill author Rep. Neave last session passed law to set up crowdfunding for testing. Background:
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Sophie Novack Apr 16
Replying to @SophieNovack
Several TX anti-abortion bills this yr have already been blocked elsewhere: Ban on “discriminatory” abortion based on race, gender, disability 6 week ban & a bill to criminalize all abortion. Background:
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Sophie Novack Apr 16
Replying to @SophieNovack
What a telling/brazen sentiment about how R lawmakers view SCOTUS when passing TX anti-abortion bills (& other bills!). The thing is, unconstitutional laws that end up being struck down can still have lasting impact on abortion access. From last session:
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Sophie Novack Apr 16
"Supreme Court also thinks it's ok to kill a baby in its mother's womb so don't talk to me about what the Supreme Court thinks," says TX Rep. Cain on House floor, re criticism that proposed measure (unrelated to abortion) is unconstitutional. From 2017:
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Chuck Lindell Apr 16
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Rep. Gene Wu says the Supreme Court has determined that it is unconstitutional to treat out-of-staters differently than Texans. Cain: "The Supreme Court also thinks its ok to kill a baby in the mother's womb, so don't talk to me about Supreme Court things."
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Sophie Novack Apr 15
In Senate committee hearing on this bill, Rs claimed TX women's health programs are doing just fine & don't need established providers like Planned Parenthood to meet demand for these services. Presented with evidence that's not true, they dismissed it:
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Matt Lee Apr 15
"Everything is burning, nothing will remain from the frame," Notre Dame spokesman Andre Finot. "The Latest: spire collapses, interior in flames"
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J. David McSwane Apr 15
Breaking: Following our series & call for a federal probe, The Inspector General of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services will investigate medical denials by Medicaid companies that make billions in managed care.
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Jennifer Bendery Apr 15
Rep. Ilhan Omar says death threats against her have spiked since Trump tweeted a misleading video about comments she made. Many of the threats directly reference Trump's video, almost all threaten to kill her b/c of her religion.
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Sarah Kliff Apr 12
This is horrific - the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports on diabetic inmates being denied access to insulin — and dying as a result.
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Kate Groetzinger Apr 11
When I heard about this bill early in the session, I thought, of course it will pass. It literally just directs DPS to create a gun safety campaign. No new laws. But the opposes it so even Rs who support it are running scared..
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Sophie Novack Apr 12
Stickland cites "parental rights" here to kill a bill intended to get mental health services for kids at risk of suicide, and often to support anti-vaccine measures. "The state of TX doesn’t own our kids," he says. Background: &
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Aliyya Swaby Apr 12
~drama~ in House as tries to bump mental health bill off local/consent calendar. First mins of a 10 min speech: "Ive been astonished at how many liberties and rights are under attack under the name of mental health services"
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