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States Become Battlegrounds For Nation's Deep Abortion Divide

Forty years after the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion, a growing number of states are passing laws that restrict the procedure. The regulations, while not banning abortions outright, can make it difficult for a woman to obtain one.
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Proposed Smoking Ban Draws Sparse Criticism In Montgomery Co.

There was little opposition at a meeting of the Montgomery County Council today to a provision that would extend the existing smoking ban to cover all county-owned or leased property.

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Energy Drinks Blamed For Boost In Emergency Room Visits

A new report says the number of ER visits involving caffeine-laced energy drinks doubled from 2007 to 2011. Many of those visits involved patients who combined the drinks with alcohol and other drugs, intensifying the effects. Manufacturers say there's no proof the drinks are to blame.
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Growing Pains As Doctors' Offices Adopt Electronic Records

Millions of dollars have been spent to digitize medical records. But doctors are only slowly adopting the the new systems, and many systems won't talk to each other. Some now wonder when the promised benefits in care and cost savings will arrive.
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'We Have No Choice': A Story Of The Texas Sonogram Law

Journalist Carolyn Jones wrote about her experience with the law for The Texas Observer after having an abortion last year. The state requires that a woman seeking an abortion receive a sonogram at least 24 hours before the procedure.
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Involved For Life: Pregnancy Centers In Texas

Carolyn Cline, the executive director and CEO of Involved for Life (IFL), a ministry partner of First Baptist Dallas, helps run a pregnancy center that discourages women from getting abortions and offers help during unplanned pregnancies.

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