The New York Times – Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Restrictions
The Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed and strengthened constitutional protections for abortion rights, striking down parts of a restrictive Texas law that could have drastically reduced the number of abortion clinics in the state, leaving them only in the largest metropolitan areas. The 5-to-3 decision was the court’s most sweeping statement on abortion since Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992, which reaffirmed the constitutional right to abortion established in 1973 in Roe v. Wade. It found that Texas’ restrictions — requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers — violated Casey’s prohibition on placing an “undue burden” on the ability to obtain an abortion.

USA Today – Pediatricians urged to screen for suicide risks among teens
Family doctors should screen teens for suicide risks in the wake of new information that shows suicide is the second leading cause of death among teens, an American Academy of Pediatrics report said Monday. In the report, the academy provides pediatricians with guidelines on how to identify and assist at-risk teens between the age of 15 to 19.

FOX News – UNICEF finds dramatic inequality among world’s poorest, richest children
The number of children who do not attend school is rising, child marriage has not dropped in decades and millions of young children will die mostly preventable deaths by 2030 if global poverty is not addressed, UNICEF said in a bleak report issued on Tuesday. Poor children are twice as likely as rich children to die before age 5, and poor girls are more than twice as likely to become child brides in signs of troubling inequality, said the annual report by the United Nations’ children’s agency. Noting some progress in halving global mortality rates for children under 5 since 1990 and boys and girls attending primary school in equal numbers in 129 countries, the report said such developments have been neither even nor fair, with repercussions for global turmoil.

Reuters – Funding to fight Zika virus faces uphill battle in U.S. Senate
Funding to battle the Zika virus faces a struggle in the U.S. Senate this week, with Democrats scornful of a Republican proposal they say short-changes the challenge posed by the mosquito-borne virus as well as other health priorities. The U.S. House of Representatives last week approved the Republican plan providing $1.1 billion to fight the Zika virus. But the proposal drew a veto threat from the White House as it falls short of President Barack Obama’s $1.9 billion funding request, and makes $750 million in budget cuts elsewhere. A Senate procedural vote is expected Tuesday on the Republican plan. But with key minority Senate Democrats opposed, the bill may not clear the procedural hurdle, Senate Democratic aides said. This could delay any action to combat Zika until after next week’s July 4th national holiday.

The Washington Times – Federal health agencies asked for PFOA advice in upstate NY
Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, and Rep. Chris Gibson, are asking federal health agencies to help upstate New York residents whose water was contaminated with a toxic chemical. The two Democratic senators and Republican congressman sent a letter Friday to directors of the Centers for Disease Control and National Institutes of Health. They want the agencies to provide educational resources about the health effects of PFOA to residents of Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh. Drinking water in the Rensselaer (rehn-suh-LEER’) County villages has been contaminated with cancer-causing PFOA, once used in making Teflon and other products. Some Hoosick Falls residents have high levels of the chemical in their blood.