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Fifth Circuit Court knocks down Texas abortion ban | The Latest | Gambit Weekly

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Tuesday evening a Texas law banning the most common and safest type of second trimester abortion, marking an unlikely victory for reproductive rights advocates from one of the most conservative appeals courts. 

The statute effectively outlawed the dilation and evacuation procedure, known as D&E, in which doctors open the cervix and remove fetal tissue from the uterus. The law would only allow the procedure, the one usually used for abortions after 14 weeks of pregnancy, if the “fetal demise” occurs in the uteruswhich would require an invasive additional step for doctors and women that is not part of a typical D&E. 

In its Whole Woman’s Health v. Ken Paxton decision, the Fifth Circuit ruled that the law unduly burdens a woman’s constitutionally-protected right to obtain a previability abortion” because it “requires a woman to undergo an additional and medically unnecessary procedure to cause fetal demise before she may obtain a dilation and evacuation abortion.”  

Louisiana passed a similar law in 2016, with exceptions only for a serious health risk to the mother, but it is not currently in effect. Several other states have had their own bans challenged in courtincluding Alabama, Kansas and Oklahoma. It is unclear if the ruling will apply to Louisiana and Mississippi, which are also in the Fifth Circuit’s jurisdiction and have similar bans on the books. 

The Texas law started out as a bill banning a late-term abortion procedure that was already outlawed at the federal level in 2003 and forbidding the sale or donation of embryonic and fetal tissue. But after several amendments, the final form of the law had many other parts, including requiring the burial or cremation of embryonic and fetal tissue. The D&E ban, however, was the biggest change. 

The law also included criminal penalties for doctors who did not adhere to it. 

Eight licensed abortion clinics and three abortion providers challenged the Texas law, and the Fifth Circuit, which covers Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, ruled in their favor and against the state of Texas. 

The ruling in favor of abortion rights comes as Louisiana residents begin to vote on whether they want to add an amendment to the state constitution declaring it does not include the right to abortion. It also comes in the midst of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Senate confirmation hearings. If confirmed to the Supreme Court, Barrett would give the court and even stronger anti-abortion majority, which could impact decades of future abortion legislation. 

Barrett is from Louisiana.

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Executive Medicine of Texas puts the Spotlight on Alzheimer’s Disease

Deaths from Alzheimer’s disease are increasing exponentially, but gaining little attention from the general public due to the Covid19 pandemic and other issues. Executive Medicine of Texas is working diligently to change the narrative and place focus on education and prevention of this terrible disease. Their first move, is hosting the first Alzheimer’s and the Arts Event, which will showcase the film “Have You Heard about Greg?”

DALLAS (PRWEB) October 13, 2020

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, since the year 2000, deaths from Alzheimer’s have increased by 146%. This is while deaths from heart disease have decreased by 7.8%. Alzheimer’s Disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the US, claiming more lives than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined.

“Our patients are concerned about their brain health and so are we,” says Mark Anderson, MD and one of the founders of Executive Medicine of Texas. “Years ago we made cognitive testing part of our routine executive exams. Shockingly, we’ve seen a significant number of patients, younger than ever, who are complaining of some sort of cognitive disruption. As a physician, it’s alarming.”

The Alzheimer’s and the Arts Event is the first of many efforts that Executive Medicine of Texas will be pushing to raise awareness for the disease. “This is a special event,” states Judy Gaman, their CEO, “because we’re focusing on education while raising money for the Alzheimer’s Association and the Guzman 23 Foundation.” Gaman, who knows from family experience just how devastating this disease can be, is championing the effort. “Having people like Steve Ecclesine, Greg O’Brian, and Warren Honeycutt involved so heavily in the Alzheimer’s and the Arts event brings it to a whole new level.

Steve Ecclesine, a Hollywood producer with over 700 films and TV shows to his credit is the producer of the film Have You Heard about Greg? He will be at the event for a Q&A session directly following the premier event. The film, showcasing the life of Greg O’Brian as he battles Alzheimer’s, has not yet been released. “I’m very interested to receive feedback from the audience and share the story of how this documentary came to be. Out of all the films I’ve worked on, this one is near and dear to my heart.” Those attendees who wish too will receive a chance to give on-screen testimonials about the films impact that will become part of the films marketing efforts.

Greg O’Brian’s highly acclaimed internationally award-winning book On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s, is the first book written by an investigative reporter who’s actually inside the mind of Alzheimer’s. Much like the book, the film, Have You Heard about Greg? shows what Greg and others have learned about the disease and uses science, faith, hope, and humor to broach a topic that needs much more attention.

Warren Honeycutt, six-time Mr. America Fitness finalist, media fitness expert and author of the book How the Health Are You? has also worked tirelessly on this project and will be at