Idaho abortion law; Severe COVID-19, mental health; Suicide rose among Japanese women
Idaho abortion law;  Severe COVID-19, mental health;  Suicide rose among Japanese women

Idaho abortion law; Severe COVID-19, mental health; Suicide rose among Japanese women

The Idaho legislature passed a Texas-inspired abortion law banning the procedure after 6 weeks of pregnancy; patients who were bedridden with severe cases of COVID-19 had an increased risk of anxiety and depression more than a year later; the number of deaths due to suicide among Japanese women increased for the second year in a row.

Idaho passes Texas-inspired abortion law

With a 51-14 vote in the Republican-led State House, the Idaho legislature yesterday passed a bill that reflects the controversial Texas abortion law in banning the procedure after 6 weeks of pregnancy. NBC News reports that there are some differences between the 2 laws: There are exceptions to rape and incest in the Idaho law, but also narrower and harsher punishments that would provide a minimum of $ 20,000 in compensation to the potential father, grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles of an “unborn child” within 4 years after an abortion. Texas law allows any citizen to file a lawsuit with the option of being awarded $ 10,000 by a court.

Severe COVID-19 may increase the long-term risk of anxiety, depression

A study published yesterday by The Lancet Public Health found that patients who were bedridden for a week or more with severe cases of COVID-19 showed an increased risk of anxiety and depression more than a year later. The first study was the first to follow large groups of long-term people who were infected but not hospitalized for COVID-19, and USA today reported that there was a 43% to 61% increased risk of depression or anxiety 16 months later in patients who spent 7 or more days lying in bed. Conversely, mild cases of COVID-19 were indicated to lower the risk of these mental symptoms by 17% to 23%.

The number of deaths due to suicide among Japanese women is rising for the second year in a row

Reuters reported that the number of women who died by suicide in Japan increased for the second year in a row in 2021, whereas the total number of cases fell across the country. The National Police Agency of Japan did not provide explanations for the differences in the number of deaths by suicide, but women have been linked to extra stress in the midst of the pandemic related to job losses in the service and retail sector, where they predominantly work. Increased risk of suicide death has long been mentioned in Japan, whose rates have fallen by approx. 40% over the last 15 years, but which still tops them in the Group of 7 Nations.

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