Abortion clinics and pregnancy help centers in the Lansing area

The topic of reproductive health can be taboo and often a difficult thing to discuss. This makes finding the right center to help very difficult. Everybody has unique needs, schedules, belief systems, and economic situations. This chart breaks down some of the details to make a woman’s choice between clinics a bit easier. “Having the ability to get counseling about these difficult decisions makes life as a woman just a bit easier,” Taylor Conrad said.

New state laws aim to curb opioid addiction

In efforts to slow the spread of the ongoing opioid epidemic, Michigan legislators passed a 10-bill package in December of 2017 containing laws which went into effect on June 1st. “Opioid addiction is a major public health crisis,” U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) said. “It’s happening right now in our state, really the whole country, and the youth are also affected.”

Peters expressed hopefulness about the bill’s attempt to educate patients on the dangers of opioids and provide more information for adolescents. This 10-bill package lays out new guidelines for doctors on Michigan’s Automated Prescription System (MAPS), and holds them responsible for prescribing smaller doses and explaining all possible side effects. “This is another tool in the box to help the opioid epidemic,” Rep. Joseph Bellino (R) said.

Tampons, pads cost money in Michigan’s women’s prison

Despite being a necessity for women’s health and personal hygiene, menstrual pads/ tampons continue to be out of reach for some of the most vulnerable members of society in the United States. Not only do the poor have to learn to deal with these less than ideal conditions, but women in American prisons face the same struggle. Menstrual products in federal prisons became free the summer of 2017, but women in state prisons across the country aren’t as lucky. Lack of menstrual hygiene products do more than make women uncomfortable during their period. They cause staining of their clothes, and there are health risks involved.

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Our education system is rapidly changing

Our students today are learning in an environment that is constantly updating itself. From the research in universities to the new standards in curriculum, teachers are at the forefront in preparing our children for the world that they eventually will be going into.

Police brutality, by the numbers

According to the Washington Post 987 people were killed by the police in 2017, and that is a lot of people. The graphic here focuses on how the police interacts with the African-American community. Both groups have a history of coexisting and not getting along. The data of the graph shows that a higher percentage of blacks killed are unarmed. However, they’re being killed more often.

Lansing community seeks initiatives to promote school safety

The Lansing Community is implementing new ways to promote safety within their school districts. With recent headlines involving mass school shootings and gun violence, students, parents and faculty members would like to see changes within their communities. Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth said Lansing is taking a stand on gun violence to promote a safer community for children. “So one of the things we instituted after the Parkland shooting in Florida is the ‘Sheriff Safer School Initiative’,” said Wriggelsworth. “What that really revolves around is having our deputies carve out an hour or two out of their workweek to spend in a school that they’re assigned.