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Breakpoint: More Studies Show the Harm of Recreational Marijuana Use

 By John Stonestreet and Jared Eckert Far from being safe, studies show that recreational pot is clearly a net loss for public health. Eleven years ago, Colorado and Washington became the first U.S. states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Passed by ballot initiatives put to voters, the legalization of recreational marijuana was due in large part to promise of financial windfalls for schools. But, a shift in public opinion regarding the drug’s health risks was required. So, advocates proposed that, when compared to other legal substances like alcohol and cigarettes, marijuana use was less destructive, less addictive, and less fatal. Today, after more than a decade of legal recreational marijuana, we now have significantly more data. Far from being safe, recreational pot is clearly a net loss for public health. More and more studies, in fact, are showing that marijuana poses a number of serious health risks, in particular to pregnant moms, to men, and to people in the work

An Idaho Woman Just Became the First American Surrogate to Die During Pregnancy

(Image Adobe Stock ) By Baleigh Scott - Posted at : An Idaho woman named Brooke who was serving as a surrogate died October 8, along with the twins she was carrying, due to pregnancy complications. Brooke was reportedly carrying twins for a couple from Spain, where surrogacy is illegal. According to the GoFundMe page set up to raise money for her memorial service, Brooke was “a surrogate mother to five babies.” The market for surrogate mothers is booming in the U.S. and worldwide. Although statistics are difficult to find, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that babies born to surrogates grew 89 percent between 2004 and 2008. But the growing economy of children has put an increasing number of women, particularly low-income women, at risk. Brooke is the first known U.S. woman to die from surrogate pregnancy, but many others have died throughout the world . Read more here...

Missouri to allow tax exemption after stillbirths

Posted at Exemption will help families deal with expenses of pregnancy "The measure passed overwhelmingly in the House and unanimously in the Senate, although a few Democrats have raised concerns that it could open the door to a broader definition of "personhood" in Missouri. Some abortion opponents hope to bestow personhood status on fertilized eggs and fetuses; supporters of abortion rights are concerned that would be used to restrict abortions." Read the news story here...