By The Salt Lake Tribune
Utah politicians worry a lot about poverty. The kind that causes homelessness and crime. The kind that leads to dependency. The kind that is handed down from generation to generation. The kind that leaves the taxpayers stuck for Medicaid, law enforcement, special education and other costs.
Such politicians are sometimes heard to blame the poor for their own situation, for the bad decisions and the lack of impulse control that get them into a financial hole they fin...
Salt Lake Tribune
By MICHELLE L. PRICE The Associated Press
Published: July 13, 2017 10:03AM
Updated: July 13, 2017 10:03AM
A plan to cover the costs of birth control for poor women in Utah would help women and families climb out of poverty by preventing unwanted pregnancies and save taxpayer money and prevent abortions, a state lawmaker working on the proposal said Wednesday.
Utah is one of seven states that don’t offer family planning coverage for low-income residents, but Rep. Ray Wa...
By William Mathis The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Jul 16 2017 07:00AM • Last Updated Jul 17 2017 09:48 am
Fertility rank » The state slips as the number of babies born to women in their early 20s decreased by more than 28 percent between 2007 and 2015.
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When Heather and Benjamin Sessions exchanged wedding vows at the Salt Lake Temple in 2003, they knew they were ready to spend the rest of their lives together. But the...
By David Roberts on Apr 17, 2013 GRIST.ORG
The notion of “externalities” has become familiar in environmental circles. It refers to costs imposed by businesses that are not paid for by those businesses. For instance, industrial processes can put pollutants in the air that increase public health costs, but the public, not the polluting businesses, picks up the tab. In this way, businesses privatize profits and publicize costs.
While the notion is incredibly useful, especially in folding eco...
Leia Larsen, The Standard Examiner
July is a big month for significant dates. But nestled between the nation’s Independence Day on July 4 and Utah’s Pioneer Day on July 24 came another milestone. On July 14, we reached our national Ecological Deficit Day.
An ecological deficit means we’ve consumed more resources for the year than our land, waters and ecosystems can produce or absorb. As with overspending cash, it means we dip into credit that has to somehow be paid back.
Dear GSLA Members & Friends,
Our friends at Utah Native Plant Society have invited us to join them at their monthly chapter meeting for a presentation by one of our very own, Wayne Martinson.
Topic: Envisioning a sustainable population living in harmony with Utah's natural environment
Presenter: Wayne Martinson, Board member & former Chair of Utah Population and Environment Council
When: Wednesday April 5th, 7:30 pm
Where: REI (3300 S and 3300 E)
Absent from many discussions ...
Utah lawmakers head into their final week of the legislative session trying to finalize a budget, as well as consider a major overhaul of liquor laws and a tax package that raises the sales tax on food but lowers the rate on all sales tax.
The 45-day session wraps up Thursday. But until the clock strikes midnight that day, expect legislators to put in long hours and power through hundreds of bills. Here is the paragraph on Abortion. For the rest of the story, here's the LINK
Katie McKellar, Deseret News/KSL Contributing: Ryan Morgan
Utah Legislature 2017
SALT LAKE CITY — Rep. Mia Love, R-Utah, updated lawmakers Thursday on her current priorities in Congress, including a bill she acknowledged has been "controversial."
As part of her efforts to contribute to the replacement of the Affordable Care Act, Love said she is pushing forward a bill that would allow contraceptives to be sold over the counter without a prescription.
"If we are going to be pro-life, we nee...
University of Utah project provides free family planning to women
By Wendy Leonard@wendyleonards
Published: Nov. 13, 2016 7:45 p.m.
SALT LAKE CITY — Raising children is no easy task, and a group of local researchers wants to help women make the choice of becoming a mother more intentional.
The HER Salt Lake initiative, based at the University of Utah, intends to counsel at least 7,000 women and give them access to the birth control method they choose, free of charge.
Laurie Mazur wrote this article for YES! Magazine
So how many people can the planet really support?
Originally posted in Yes! Magazine by Laurie Mazur on Mar 22, 2016
How many people can the Earth support? It’s a question that’s been asked for centuries, generating wildly divergent answers—from less than a billion to more than a trillion. Today, the question arises with new urgency as we contemplate life after oil.
Perhaps the best answer comes from Joel Cohen of Rockefelle...