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Why We’re Finally Raging Against Plastic | NBC Left Field

Did you know that the average American family takes home almost 1,500 plastic bags every year? As plastic bag and straw bans are instituted in more places around the world, can these bans actually have a lasting effect in the coming years?

Life in Prison: Staying Sane Behind Bars | NBC Left Field

"Prison is like...the same thing every single day. And every day is the same as the last day." How would you keep your sanity if you knew you were going to spend the rest of your life in prison? This is one man's story.

Abortion Back-Up Plan: Some Women Are Ordering Abortion Pills Online

Necolie loved being a mother but knew that she wanted, and maybe needed, to end her pregnancy. “It was really difficult to get to that point, especially as someone who has been a Republican voter. … I was Catholic. I just didn’t believe in that for anyone, much less myself.”

Necolie found a clinic in Tallahassee that would accept her health insurance, but she needed to pay $600 up front for the abortion and then submit the receipt to her insurance company for reimbursement. “There was no money to go there and do that,” she said. Necolie sat down at her computer and started researching ways to give herself an abortion at home.

Watch the full story: https://youtu.be/vNahPqviz7k

Florida Timber Industry Razed by Hurricane Michael Awaits Disaster Relief, as Fire Risk Looms

What happens to a forestry community in the aftermath of a disaster? Hurricane Michael - a Category 5 storm - wiped out more than $1 billion worth of timber in the Florida Panhandle when it struck in October, and nearly eight months later the community is still waiting for federal assistance to clean up and replant. The dead trees also mean that the panhandle is facing heightened wildfire risk, as a new hurricane season arrives.

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Bodega Boycott: Uniting to Bankrupt the New York Post | NBC Left Field

Bodegas have been a part of the New York City landscape for decades. But more than being a 24/7 source of everything imaginable, bodegas all over New York have recently started to play a more active role in their communities. One of their common goals is an ambitious one: to boycott, and eventually shut down, the New York Post, one of the oldest tabloid newspapers in the country.

Watch the full story: https://youtu.be/Lrm2-AwfCec

Abortion Back-Up Plan: Some Women Are Ordering Abortion Pills Online | NBC Left Field

What happens if Roe v. Wade is overturned? As states including Alabama, Mississippi, Ohio and Georgia pass bills restricting abortion access, and as abortion remains an unaffordable option for many women, experts expect that more American women may turn to other alternatives. Some talk about a return to back-alley procedures and coat hangers, and women taking matters into their own hands. But this overlooks something important: SOME women are already giving themselves abortions at home, away from doctors and clinics.

Watch the full story: https://youtu.be/vNahPqviz7k

One Man's Quest to Ban Conversion Therapy in California | NBC Left Field

Almost 700,000 adults in America have received some kind of therapy designed to change their same-sex attraction. Colorado just became the 18th U.S. state — and the fourth this year — to ban gay conversion therapy. Meanwhile, in California, an openly gay lawmaker decided to take this law a step further.

When Are We Truly Dead? | NBC Left Field

Taquisha McKitty was declared “dead by neurological criteria” in 2017 following a drug overdose. Her family went to court to prevent doctors from taking her off life support, claiming that because her heart was still beating, she was still alive.


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