HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES

In Dripping Springs, Parents Weigh In on Bathroom Debate

The Dripping Springs Independent School District Board held a public hearing regarding the policy allowing for a transgender third-grade student at Walnut Springs Elementary to use the girls' bathroom in accordance with her gender identity on Monday, September 26, 2016.
The Dripping Springs Independent School District Board held a public hearing regarding the policy allowing for a transgender third-grade student at Walnut Springs Elementary to use the girls' bathroom in accordance with her gender identity on Monday, September 26, 2016.

Walnut Springs Elementary School's decision to allow a transgender student, born a boy, to use girls' bathrooms sparked contentious debate during a Monday night meeting of the Dripping Springs School Board.

Texas Not Budging on Rule Requiring Burial or Cremation of Fetal Remains

An exam room at ChoiceWorks, formerly Whole Woman's Health Clinic, on June 27, 2016, the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of HB 2 restricting women's access to abortions in Texas.
An exam room at ChoiceWorks, formerly Whole Woman's Health Clinic, on June 27, 2016, the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of HB 2 restricting women's access to abortions in Texas.

Despite intense outcry from the medical community and reproductive rights advocates, Texas isn't budging on a proposed rule to require the cremation or burial of fetal remains.

Texas Threatens to Withdraw from Refugee Resettlement Program

Rally at Wooldridge Park in Austin to protest Gov. Abbott's decision on Syrian refugees on Nov. 22, 2015
Rally at Wooldridge Park in Austin to protest Gov. Abbott's decision on Syrian refugees on Nov. 22, 2015

As part of its fight to keep Syrian refugees out of the state, Texas is threatening to withdraw from the nation's refugee resettlement program if federal officials don't “unconditionally approve” a state plan requiring additional vetting.

 

At Rice, Biden Unveils Latest 'Cancer Moonshot' Ideas

Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech on Sept. 16, 2016 at Rice University's Tudor Fieldhouse about the White House Cancer Moonshot, an initiative Biden leads that aims to double the rate of progress toward a cure for cancer.
Vice President Joe Biden delivers a speech on Sept. 16, 2016 at Rice University's Tudor Fieldhouse about the White House Cancer Moonshot, an initiative Biden leads that aims to double the rate of progress toward a cure for cancer.

Vice President Joe Biden, in a speech Friday at Rice University, announced the next steps in his ambitious drive to facilitate a cure for cancer, unveiling new proposals to raise awareness of clinical trials. 

Anti-Vaccine Activists Take Offense at Texas Rep's Tweet About Playboy Bunnies

Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, takes questions from reporters after filing the Protection of Texas Children Act on Feb. 6, 2013.
Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, takes questions from reporters after filing the Protection of Texas Children Act on Feb. 6, 2013.

A series of late-night tweets in which a Texas lawmaker promised to support tightened legislation on vaccines and referenced "playboy bunnies" has drawn the ire of a political action committee that supports loosening vaccine laws.

Texas Sees "Unusual" Spike in Pregnancy-Related Deaths, Study Finds

An exam room at ChoiceWorks, formerly Whole Woman's Health Clinic, on June 27, 2016, the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of HB 2 restricting women's access to abortions in Texas.
An exam room at ChoiceWorks, formerly Whole Woman's Health Clinic, on June 27, 2016, the day the U.S. Supreme Court struck down portions of HB 2 restricting women's access to abortions in Texas.

Texas has seen an “unusual,” dramatic increase in the number of women who died from pregnancy-related causes in the last five years, according to a new study.

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