By Jessica Seaman
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Welcome back after the long weekend. We have tons of health news for you this week, so let’s just jump into it!
People hold signs during a protest against recently passed abortion ban bills at the Georgia State Capitol building, on May 21, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Getty Images.
Abortion laws in Colorado
In the past year, there has been a flurry of new abortion laws enacted in the U.S. as states have sought to either protect access or restrict the procedure. But in Colorado, there are neither laws restricting access to abortion nor guaranteeing it.
Colorado was one of the first states to loosen restrictions on legal abortions before the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe vs. Wade ruling in 1973, and is generally considered “safer ground than most states” when it comes to access of the procedure. And as my colleague Anna Staver reports, Colorado could be expected to add laws protecting abortion – however, advocates don’t think it’s the right time to address the issue.
Still, abortion remains a political flashpoint in the state, with Democrats believing the issue will help them defeat Sen. Cory Gardner in 2020.
You can read more here.
Measles, mumps and rubella are fought off with a single vaccine, called MMR.
Colorado 2017-18 school vaccination rates database
Recently, I teamed up with my colleague Kevin Hamm to create a database that contains immunization rates for schools, preschools and child-care centers across Colorado. I wanted to make the database because the state’s vaccination rate has been a big topic in recent months. State lawmakers have debated a bill on vaccine exemptions and measles outbreaks have occurred in communities across the U.S.
Colorado has one of the lowest immunization rates for the MMR – measles, mumps and rubella – vaccine as only 88.7 percent of kindergarteners received the shot during the 2017-18 school year. At such a rate, the state misses the threshold for “herd immunity,” which is needed to protect a population from an outbreak, according to the CDC.
You can search the database for your school here.
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