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Biden vows abortion fight, assails 'extreme' court ruling

President Joe Biden is vowing to try to preserve access to abortion after the Supreme Court's decision overturning Roe v. Wade. He's calling for voters to elect more Democrats who would safeguard rights upended by the court’s decision. Short of that, his options are limited. Biden assailed the ruling Friday, saying other legal precedents ensuring same-sex marriage and access to birth control could also be at risk. He says, “This is an extreme and dangerous path this court is taking us on." Republicans and conservative leaders are celebrating the culmination of a decades-long campaign to undo the nationwide legalization of abortion that began with Roe v. Wade in 1973.

Couple sues Boston hospital over loss of baby's body

A Massachusetts couple whose prematurely born baby girl died less than two weeks after she was delivered has sued one of Boston’s most prestigious hospitals for losing the infant’s body. The lawsuit filed Thursday says that baby Everleigh’s body was inadvertently thrown away by a Brigham and Women’s Hospital employee in August 2020 along with soiled linens from the hospital’s morgue. A lawyer for the couple says it was like losing their baby all over again. The negligence and emotional distress suit seeks more than $1.3 million. The hospital’s chief medical officer said in a statement that he sympathizes with the family.

Legal battles likely as divided states grapple with abortion

The Supreme Court's decision to end the constitutional right to abortion likely will lead to legal battles as already divided states grapple with the new landscape of abortion access. Even before Friday's opinion, lawmakers, activists and legal scholars were arguing over whether Republican-led states can enforce abortion bans beyond their borders. That speculation could soon become reality as abortion opponents become more emboldened to try novel approaches to prevent women from crossing state lines to get an abortion.

Excerpts from the Supreme Court's landmark abortion decision

The Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place for nearly 50 years. The court’s conservative majority, in a decision released Friday, voted to overturn Roe v. Wade from 1973 and Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the 1992 decision that reaffirmed the right to abortion. The outcome is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states. Justice Samuel Alito's majority opinion said Roe “was egregiously wrong from the start.” The court's three liberals, Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, ended their opinion by saying, "With sorrow — for this Court, but more, for the many millions of American women who have today lost a fundamental constitutional protection — we dissent.”

'We've done our part': End of Roe brings answer to prayer

Millions of people who've been immersed in the anti-abortion movement for the past half-century are rejoicing after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Among them is 70-year-old Tanya Britton of Tupelo, Mississippi, who came to see her own abortion as a teenager as wrong and spent decades hoisting signs outside of clinics, cajoling lawmakers at the statehouse and spreading her anti-abortion gospel to anyone who’d listen. She sees the court's action as the answer to decades of prayers. Around the country, many others mourned the decision, seeing it as one that robs a basic human right, inordinately affects poor people, and could lead to needless deaths of desperate women.

Monkeypox outbreak continuing to grow across Britain

British officials said the monkeypox outbreak U.K. is continuing to grow across the country mainly among men who are gay or bisexual or other men who have sex with men. They urged those with new or multiple sex partners to be vigilant for the symptoms of monkeypox. Britain’s Health Security Agency said Friday that their data show monkeypox is spreading in “defined sexual networks of gay, bisexual, or men who have sex with men.” Officials said there were no signs suggesting sustained spread beyond those populations.

New this week: 'Only Murders in the Building,' 'More Power'

This week’s new entertainment releases include a new album from Imagine Dragons, the reuniting of “Home Improvement” sitcom buddies Tim Allen and Richard Karn for “More Power” and the return of Steve Martin, Martin Short and Selena Gomez as unlikely crime-solving New York City neighbors in Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building.” The biggest new movie streaming this week is “The Princess,” coming to Hulu on July 1, starring Joey King as a royal who refuses to marry her intended. And Ken Burns adds his heft to “Hiding in Plain Sight: Youth Mental Illness,” which gives a voice to young people with mental health conditions and those in their lives.

A look at 50 years of Supreme Court abortion decisions

The Supreme Court has issued some major abortion rulings over the last 50 years. During that time, the court’s membership and views on abortion regulations have changed. In 1973, the court legalized abortion nationwide in the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. In 1989, the court declined to overrule Roe but allowed more state regulation of abortion. The court reaffirmed its decision in Roe in 1992. Last year, the court declined to take emergency action and allowed a Texas law banning abortion beginning at around six weeks to take effect. And on Friday, the court overturned Roe v. Wade, ending constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years.

Airport chaos: European travel runs into pandemic cutbacks

After two years of pandemic restrictions, travel demand is back, but airlines and airports that slashed jobs during the depths of the COVID-19 crisis are struggling to keep up. With the busy summer tourism season underway in Europe, passengers are encountering chaotic scenes at airports, including lengthy delays, canceled flights and headaches over lost luggage. The head of Europe’s biggest airline warned the turmoil would last all summer. Data from aviation consultancy Cirium says that nearly 2,000 flights from major continental European airports were canceled during one week this month. It’s a similar story in the United States, where airlines canceled thousands of flights over two days last week because of bad weather just as crowds of summer tourists grow.

Factors ID'd in Time to Breast Biopsy by Race, Ethnicity

FRIDAY, June 24, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- For women with abnormal results on screening mammograms, minority race and ethnicity are associated with an increased risk for not receiving a biopsy within 30, 60, or 90 days, according to a study published online June 23 in JAMA Oncology.

Anemia During Pregnancy Increased Among WIC Participants

FRIDAY, June 24, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The prevalence of anemia during pregnancy, identified using the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Participant and Program Characteristics (PC) data, increased from 2008 to 2018, according to research published in the June 24 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Symptoms May Persist After Pediatric SARS-CoV-2 Infection

FRIDAY, June 24, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Compared with controls, children aged 0 to 14 years who experience severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection have a higher prevalence of long-lasting symptoms, but they have a tendency toward better quality of life, according to a study published online June 22 in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

Moderna COVID-19 shots now an option for older kids in US

There is now a second COVID-19 option for kids ages 6 to 17 in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday announced it is recommending Moderna shots as an option for school-age kids and teens. This group has been able to get shots made by Pfizer since last year. Last week, the Food and Drug Administration authorized the shots — full-strength doses for children ages 12 to 17 and half-strength for those 6 to 11. The doses are to be given about a month apart. Moderna officials have said they expect to later offer a booster to all kids ages 6 to 17.

Both Bariatric Surgery Methods Yield Similar 10-Year Results

FRIDAY, June 24, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Long-term outcomes are similar after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) and laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (LRYGB) in patients with severe obesity, according to a study published online June 22 in JAMA Surgery.

Post-Tonsillectomy Deaths Up in Children With Complex Chronic Conditions

FRIDAY, June 24, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The rate of postoperative mortality following tonsillectomy is 7.04 per 100,000 operations overall among children younger than 21 years and 117.22 per 100,000 operations for children with complex chronic conditions, according to a study published in the June 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.