Tag: Lauren Simpson

Overturning Roe isn’t the way forward

This article originally appeared in the Salt Lake Tribune. Read it in its entirety here. The nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court has once again reignited political debates about the future of Roe v. Wade, with many conservative lawmakers itching to see it overturned. Roe affirms a constitutional right to privacy inherent in the 14th Amendment which protects the right to have

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Press Release: Utah Congressional Delegation must join calls for investigation into forced hysterectomies in ICE Detention Centers

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 17, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, 10 Utah groups came together to call on Utah’s members of Congress to join in calling for the DHS Inspector General to investigate reports of abusive medical practices in an immigration detention center in Georgia. Earlier this week, news broke of

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The free market can’t solve all our problems

Over the past several weeks, the United States has been having a long-overdue conversation about policing, including calls for police divestment. As one Dallas police chief expressed back in 2016:  “We’re asking cops to do too much in this country. We are. We’re just asking us to do too much. Every societal failure, we put

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Some lawmakers are already doing the work

In January of 2018, I attended a panel aimed at millennials to better understand Utah’s Legislative Session. It had been nearly a year since I had graduated from law school, and I was still struggling to find work and searching for purpose. I felt too shy to show up to an event where I didn’t

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Press Release: Better Utah publishes Legislative Progress Report

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 12, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – Today, Alliance for a Better Utah published its annual Progress Report for the 2020 General Legislative Session. This year, lawmakers were graded for their votes on 54 important bills organized into four categories: Strong Communities, Equal Rights, Good Government, and Sustainable Future. All

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More deaths, no benefit from drug touted by Trump to treat coronavirus, study finds

This article originally appeared on CBS News. Read it in its entirety here. A malaria drug widely touted by President Donald Trump for treating the new coronavirus showed no benefit in a large analysis of its use in U.S. veterans hospitals. There were more deaths among those given hydroxychloroquine versus standard care, researchers reported. The nationwide study was not a rigorous experiment. But with 368 patients, it’s the largest look

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Better Utah in the News

Utah to buy stockpile of anti-malarial drugs, critics blast deal

This article originally appeared in KSL. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY — State health officials are in the process of buying a mass of anti-malarial drugs to treat up to 200,000 of Utah’s COVID-19 patients, despite objections from medical experts. The plan is to distribute the drugs to local pharmacies across the state so the treatment will be available “free of charge to patients,

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Press Release: Another power grab by the Utah Legislature

PRESS RELEASEFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 17, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT – In response to the Utah House passing S.B. 3004, Covid-19 Health and Economic Response Act, Lauren Simpson, policy director for Alliance for a Better Utah, issued the following statement:  “S.B. 3004 is an example of a solution in search of a problem, and

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Better Utah in the News

Historic special session of the Utah Legislature now underway

This article originally appeared  on ABC4 News. Read it in its entirety here. SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) – It’s calm and quiet inside the State Capitol, but it’s a very busy day for lawmakers. It’s not only the first remote session of the Utah Legislature, but it’s also the first time they’ve called themselves into special session thanks to a change approved by

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