US Supreme Court to hear appeals for abortion access in Louisiana; the Trump administration proposes to suspend visas for uninsured immigrants; a temporary ban on flavored vaping products in Oregon.
The US Supreme Court agreed to undertake a major abortion case that challenges the legality of a Republican-backed Louisiana law that imposes restrictions on abortion doctors, according to Reuters. The case seeks to create new curbs on access to abortion. Provider Hope Medical Group for Women filed an appeal after a failed attempt to block the Louisiana law, which was upheld in a lower court ruling. The provider argues that the implementation of the law would cause 2 of the state’s 3 abortion clinics to close; the law requires doctors who perform procedures to obtain admitting privileges at hospitals. The court will additionally hear a separate appeal by the state questioning the legal standing of the abortion clinic to sue.President Trump issued a proclamation that would require immigrants to demonstrate that they will have health insurance within 30 days of entering the country or their ability to afford to cover any medical expenses before being issued a visa, according to Politico. The White House said that this proclamation would serve in “protecting healthcare benefits for American citizens,” by arguing that uninsured immigrants create financial burdens for hospitals and doctors, which raises fees for Americans to cover costs. The move will not affect refugees, asylum seekers, or people on temporary visitor visas, and will become effective starting November 3.Oregon imposed a temporary ban on the sale of flavored vaping products amid an outbreak that has caused more than 1000 vaping-related illnesses throughout the United States and have caused 2 deaths in the state. The Associated Press reports that Oregon’s governor Kate Brown ordered a 180-day ban on all flavored vaping products and the sale of other sources or additives due to their association to the vaping epidemic. This move follows additional temporary bans imposed by other states, which includes Washington, New York, Michigan, and Rhode Island.