Texas Democrats: On Abortion Rights and Voting Rights, “I Don’t Want To Go Back”

It’s been a little over a week since Texas Democratic state legislators decamped to Washington, D.C., in protest over Gov. Greg Abbott’s uncompromising agenda during the state’s special legislative session. Republican attempts to pass extreme voter suppression legislation are taking up the bulk of media attention—understandably. But the fight isn’t just for voting rights: It’s also about reproductive rights, which are under severe attack in the Lone Star State.

Texas state Rep. Donna Howard is one of the Democrats that fled the state. As a registered nurse and current chair of the Texas Women’s Health Caucus, Howard spoke to Ms. late last week to discuss the flawed assumptions behind the Republican push to restrict abortion access in Texas and the real-life impact of these laws on everyday Texans.

Want to Make Your Country Happier? Elect Women.

The top-ranked countries of the World Happiness Report share a high level of public investment in human infrastructure. These countries are not socialist—they simply have more women in leadership positions.

The success stories of the 2021 World Happiness Report assure us that a shift towards caring policies and public welfare is not draining on the economy but rather the opposite.

Two-Thirds of Alzheimer’s Patients Are Women, and Many Go Undiagnosed. Illinois Legislation Aims to Help Patients and Their Caregivers

45 percent of people living with Alzheimer’s do not receive a diagnosis until it’s too late. Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton and her mom Velma Wiggins know this story all too well. Groundbreaking legislation out of Illinois would require most health care professionals to receive one hour of training every three years to detect the early signs of Alzheimer’s and Alzheimer’s-related dementia.

Restrictive Laws Don’t Prevent Abortion

Wherever they live, whatever the laws of their countries, women will terminate unintended pregnancies, so access to a safe abortion must be included in essential health care.

With new restrictions on abortion headed to the Supreme Court, many are wondering what it will mean for women if Roe v. Wade is overturned. We looked to other countries for answers.

The Weekly Pulse: Delta Variant Arrives in U.S.; Naomi Osaka Speaks Out on Mental Health; VA to Provide Gender Confirmation Surgery

For The Weekly Pulse (a revisit of an old Ms. column!), we’ve scoured the most trusted journalistic sources—and, of course, our Twitter feeds—to bring you this week’s most important news stories related to health and wellness.

This week: The Department of Veterans Affairs moves to provide gender confirmation surgery through its health care coverage; the U.S. Conference of Bishops plans to withhold communion from Biden due to his stance on abortion; two Americas emerge as the Delta variant spreads; a new study suggests there is no cure for aging; and more.