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NYT Editorial Urges Gov. Paterson To Sign Bill Prohibiting Shackling Of Female Prisoners During Labor

New York Gov. David Paterson (D) should sign a bill prohibiting the "barbaric and medically hazardous practice of shackling female prisoners during labor, " a New York Times editorial states. Along with "further frightening these vulnerable women, the practice of chaining their legs, wrists and even their abdomens" during labor "makes treatment and delivery more difficult and places mother and child at greater risk of harm, " according to the Times. It adds that five states have similar policies in place. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists several years ago called for an end to shackling during labor, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons last fall "ended the routine use of restraints for women in labor and limited shackling to cases in which a woman presents a danger to herself, the baby or the staff, " the editorial states.

National Organization for Women Establishes Kansas Abortion-Rights PAC To Fill Void After Death Of Abortion Provider Tiller

The Kansas chapter of the National Organization for Women has formed its own political action committee to replace ProKanDo, a PAC founded in 2002 by abortion provider George Tiller that was closed after his murder in May, the AP/Hays Daily News reports. ProKanDo spent more than $1 million over the last four years to advocate for abortion rights, assist candidates who support abortion rights and oppose antiabortion-rights candidates. The organization had more than 6, 400 contributors but received between one-third and one-half of its annual funding from Tiller, according to former Director Julie Burkhart. NOW has scheduled a conference in Wichita on July 25 to discuss legislative strategy and Kansas elections.

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Clinton Says U.S. Will Work With India To Address Health Challenges, Hunger

The U.S. will work to address the health challenges facing India among other countries and will aim to improve maternal and child health care services through comprehensive dialogue, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Friday after visiting a Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA) trade outlet in Mumbai, India, PTI/Yahoo! News reports. Clinton said, "Our government is already spending a lot of money on HIV/AIDS but we wanted to add maternal and child health to that commitment as it is important for India." She added that the funding will be used to combat tuberculosis and polio, "which are also problems in India" (7/18). During her visit to the country, Clinton also gave a "clear indication of the U.

Senate Minority Leader McConnell Says He Will Oppose Sotomayor As Other Republicans Back Nominee

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Friday announced that he will oppose Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, even as increased Republican support seemed to ensure that she would be confirmed, the New York Times reports. McConnell said that he would not support Sotomayor's nomination because her "record of written statements suggests an alarming lack of respect for the notion of equal justice, and, therefore, in my view, an insufficient willingness to abide by the judicial oath." McConnell intends to deliver the remarks to the Senate on Monday. Meanwhile, Republican Sens. Richard Lugar (Ind.), Mel Martinez (Fla.) and Olympia Snowe (Maine) said that they would support Sotomayor.

Editorials Examine Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings, Prospects

Four newspapers recently published editorials responding to last week's confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Summaries appear below. ~ Boston Globe : Sotomayor "far surpassed" the "meager standard" of "just [having] to avoid saying anything damaging, " according to a Globe editorial. During the hearings, she "made it clear she believes that Supreme Court justices base their decisions on the Constitution, the law and the relevant precedents, " and her "judicial record offers no reason to think otherwise, " the editorial states. It continues that "the hearings did nothing to undermine -- and much to underscore -- the notion that Sotomayor has the right temperament, intellect and credentials for the Supreme Court.

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ACOG Issues Revision Of Labor Induction Guidelines

Revised guidelines on when and how to induce labor in pregnant women were issued by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The guidelines provide physicians with guidance regarding which induction methods may be most appropriate under particular circumstances, as well as the safety requirements, and risks and benefits of the different methods. ACOG's Practice Bulletin "Induction of Labor" is published in the August 2009 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology. The rate of labor induction in the US has more than doubled since 1990. In 2006, more than 22% (roughly 1 out of every 5) of all pregnant women had their labor induced.

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