Health and Medicine
Senator Tim Kaine says recent passage of new abortion laws in several states is meant to “criminalize women and doctors”. But pro-life advocates — including Vice President Pence — say those opposing the laws are diminishing the value of human life. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more:
Carilion Clinic has announced a $300,000,000 expansion of Roanoke Memorial Hospital that’s meant to improve emergency, cardiovascular, and behavioral health care in the region. Unveiled at a press conference this morning, the expansion will also include $200,000,000 for equipment and furnishings. Also planned is an additional 500 space parking garage connected to the main campus by a new pedestrian bridge that will span South Jefferson. Patrice Weiss is Carilion’s Chief Medical Officer:
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has struck down a Virginia law that says only physicians can perform first-trimester abortions. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson issued his ruling Monday. His opinion could increase access to abortions in the state by allowing more medical providers to perform the procedure. Hudson wrote that the law “is unnecessary and provides minimal medical benefits with respect to first trimester abortions.” He added that such regulations present an undue burden to women seeking an abortion. The lawsuit challenging that law and others was filed by a medical center and reproductive rights groups. A trial over other state abortion laws is still scheduled for May 20. Those laws include a requirement for ultrasounds and a 24-hour delay for an abortion in some circumstances.
Roanoke County police were called to the scene of an attempted suicide on Saturday night around 7 – and upon arrival found a deceased juvenile, from what appears to be a self-inflicted gun shot wound. No name was released but Roanoke County police do identify the victim as a male Cave Spring Middle School student. Administrators and resource officers at Cave Spring Middle were made aware of the situation so they could provide assistance to students impacted by the apparent suicide
Along with the return of summer weather come the threats from summer pests — like ticks. And thanks to a mild winter, there could be more than usual out there this year. They include a new invasive species called the Asian longhorned tick, now in nine states, including Virginia. One of them can lay up to two thousand eggs at a time, without mating. Experts say it’s nothing to get hysterical about, but some basic precautions are very much in order through fall. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones:
Click here for full CDC information on the Asian longhorned tick