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Sureshbhai Patel
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The state of Alabama’s effort to cut off Medicaid payments to Planned Parenthood facilities was shut down in federal court yesterday.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson is ordering the state of Alabama to restore funding to Planned Parenthood. He says the state had no legal reason to cancel the agreement between those facilities and Medicaid providers.

Susan Watson is the Executive Director of the ACLU of Alabama. She says the judge’s ruling should be the end of this funding discussion.

The state House of Representatives has voted to ban teens from using tanning beds unless they have a parent's written consent. Representatives approved the proposal Tuesday by a vote of 92-2. The bill now moves to the Alabama Senate. Teens age 16 and 17 would have to have a parent's written consent to use a tanning bed. Fifteen-year-olds would need to have a parent's written consent, and have the parent present at the tanning facility during the tanning sessions. Children 14 and younger would be banned from using tanning beds unless it was prescribed by a doctor.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham says a new federal program focused on disease prevention is having a positive impact on the region. UAB’s local coalition aims to decrease death rates for cervical and breast cancer.

“Our program focused on women in eight counties in Alabama, particularly around screening for breast cancer and cervical cancer,” says Dr. Edward Partridge, Director of UAB’s Comprehensive Cancer Society.