Fri 26 Jan' 18
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House Panel Backs Plan For New Birth Options

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The full House on Friday approved a bill (HB 23) that would allow patients to stay in ambulatory surgical centers for up to 24 hours, ending a long-standing prohibition on overnight stays, and would authorize so-called “recovery care centers,” where patients could stay up to 72 hours after undergoing surgical procedures. House leaders have championed those proposed […]

Sun 21 Jan' 18
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Women urged to vote, seek office an anniversary Orlando Women’s March

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Attendees heard impassioned pleas from women calling for restoring felon’s voting rights, environmental protection and in defense of immigrants in the country on the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals Act, or DACA. But the message of the day was for women to run for office, vote and support progressive candidates and issues. State Rep. Amy Mercado, […]

Thu 18 Jan' 18
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Orlando lawmakers want increased protections for reproductive health clinics

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Two Orlando lawmakers called Wednesday for passage of legislation that would increase penalties for people who threaten and intimidate women who use reproductive-health clinics or providers who work at the clinics. At a news conference in Tallahassee, Rep. Amy Mercado, D-Orlando, said women have to worry about their personal safety when going to the clinics. […]

Thu 4 Jan' 18
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Lack of Housing in Central Florida for Puerto Rican Evacuees

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More than 100 days after Hurricane Maria’s apocalyptic winds tore through Puerto Rico leaving floods, collapsed houses and bodies in its wake, the island remains shrouded in darkness. Half of 3.4 million U.S. citizens on the American territory are living without power three months after Maria made landfall on Sept. 20 – and many will […]