Saturday, December 12, 2015

Four stories to share: Planned Parenthood, the U.S. solar industry, Obamacare signups, and more

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Defunding Planned Parenthood Would Put 900,000 Women's Lives At Risk Every Year
Forbes // Emily Canal

Cancer screens and prevention made up 9 percent of the services offered by Planned Parenthood between 2012 and 2013, according to the annual report. Contraception accounted for 34 percent of services, and STI/STD testing and treatment made up 42 percent of services. Only 3 percent of services performed were abortions.

Just in time for the Paris talks, the U.S. solar industry is having its biggest year ever
The Washington Post // Chris Mooney

U.S. solar installations are expected to hit a new yearly high in 2015, according to a newly released projection from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association.

Obamacare sign-ups near 3M as key deadline looms
CNBC // Dan Mangan

As of Saturday, more than 2.8 million people had signed up for 2016 Obamacare insurance plans sold on since open enrollment began Nov. 1, according to CMS. That includes about 800,000 people who signed up just last week, officials said.

How Many People Have Been Shot Near You This Year?
The Trace // Alex Yablon and Chris Kirk

In 2013, the last year for which government statistics are available, less than 2 percent of more than 33,000 gun deaths in the country were due to mass shootings. Tallies of gun-related fatalities are in turn dwarfed by totals for gun injuries. Every 12 months, more than 130,000 people are shot; many are left with devastating physical impairments and crippling health care bills.

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