This week the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that would tighten federal control over two “date-rape drugs.” According to the bill, GHB, gamma hydorxybutyric acid, and Ketamine, an animal tranquilizer (which have been widely available over the Internet) would be placed in the same regulatory class as other strictly controlled narcotics.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said GHB, “has been used in innumerable rapes across the country.” Federal officials claim that there have been 32 deaths and more than 3,500 overdoses linked to the drug since 1990. Other sources place the death toll as high as 90. The bill would make possession of GHB “with the intent to manufacture, distribute or dispense it” illegal, with a maximum 20-year prison sentence for a first offense.
Media Resources: Nando Times, Detroit Free Press and Kalamazoo Gazette - October 13, 1999
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .
4/14/2014 Kathleen Sebelius Resigns as Secretary of Health & Human Services - President Barack Obama last week announced the resignation of Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius.
Noting that she will "go down in history" for "serving as the Secretary of Health and Human Services when the United States of America finally declared that quality, affordable health care is not a privilege, but it is a right for every single citizen of these United States of America," President Obama praised Secretary Sebelius for guiding the implementation of the landmark Affordable Care Act (ACA).
At least 7.5 million Americans have now signed up for health coverage through health insurance marketplaces created by the ACA. . . .