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Roe v. Wade Overturned: 4-State officials react and a look at trigger laws

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling is expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states. In anticipation of the decision, several states led by Democrats have taken steps to protect abortion access.

The decision also sets up the potential for legal fights between the states over whether providers and those who help women obtain abortions can be sued or prosecuted. Here is an overview of abortion legislation and the expected impact of the court’s decision in the 4-States.

KOAM is speaking with residents in the 4-States today. Watch KOAM News for the latest. (Ways to Watch digitally)

>> Related: How U.S. states have banned, limited or protected abortion

>> President Biden reacts. Watch it below, or click here.

Missouri

A Missouri law outlawing most abortions took effect Friday, as Republican state officials acted quickly to enforce a ban following a U.S. Supreme Court decision ending constitutional protections for abortion. However, Governor Parson’s Administration is coordinating with the Missouri Attorney General to quickly resolve any litigation against HB 126, including the “Right to Life of the Unborn Child Act”, before the Courts that is currently preventing the implementation of the law.

Political control: Both GOP Gov. Mike Parson and the Republican-led Legislature support laws against abortion.

Effect of Supreme Court ruling: The 2019 abortion ban kicks in because the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. Moments after Friday’s Supreme Court decision overturning that precedent, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Gov. Mike Parson filed the necessary paperwork to immediately enact the state’s abortion ban.

Missouri bans most abortions after US Supreme Court ruling

What’s next: Many Missouri patients seeking abortions likely will travel to neighboring states, including Illinois and Kansas (which could change after August’s election). A new Illinois logistics center near St. Louis helps women from out of state find travel, lodging and childcare if they need help getting to the area for an abortion, and it connects them with funding sources.

Missouri Governor Mike Parson Signs a Proclamation

“Nothing in the text, history, or tradition of the United States Constitution gave un-elected federal judges authority to regulate abortion. We are happy that the U.S. Supreme Court has corrected this error and returned power to the people and the states to make these decisions,” Missouri Governor Parson said.

“With Roe v. Wade overturned and statutory triggers provided in HB 126, we are issuing this proclamation to restore our state authority to regulate abortion and protect life. Thanks to decades of conservative leaders, Missouri has become one of the most pro-life states in the nation, and our Administration has always fought for the life of every unborn child. Today, our efforts have produced what generations of Missourians have worked and prayed for: Today, we have won our fight to protect innocent life,” Governor Parson continued.

Governor Parson’s proclamation notifies the Missouri Revisor of Statutes of the effective date of Section 188.017 RSMo.

Section 188.017, or the “Right to Life of the Unborn Child Act,” includes several provisions:

  • Prohibits doctors from performing abortions unless there is a medical emergency;
  • Creates criminal liability for any person who knowingly performs or induces a non-medical emergency abortion and subjects his or her professional license to suspension; and
  • Protects any woman who receives an illegal abortion from being prosecuted in violation of the Act.

The “Right to Life of the Unborn Child Act” was included in HB 126 and contingent upon the U.S. Supreme Court overruling Roe v. Wade in whole or in part. Governor Parson signed HB 126 in 2019.

Governor Parson’s Administration is coordinating with the Missouri Attorney General to quickly resolve any litigation against HB 126 before the Courts that is currently preventing the implementation of the law.

Officials Release Statements after Roe v. Wade decision

The Missouri House Democratic Campaign Committee and the Missouri Democratic Party released the following joint statement:

“Today will be a day branded into the memories of millions of Missourians as the day we lost not only our right to privacy, but our bodily autonomy.

Missourians know what’s best for them and their families, and today that has been stripped away from them. Today, the Supreme Court has ruled that Republicans can steal the right of survivors of rape and incest to determine what is best for them.

Republicans will not stop with abortion. They will continue to strip away access to birth control and contraception, in vitro fertilization, and same-sex marriage. Just this past session, Missouri Republicans proposed bills criminalizing the treatment of ectopic pregnancies and crossing state lines to have an abortion in a state where the right to privacy and bodily autonomy is respected.

The Missouri Democratic Party and the Missouri House Democratic Campaign Committee believe the decision if and when to start a family is a serious and personal decision, not one that any politician should be a barrier to.

We stand with the millions of Missourians who believe in the right to abortion and against government intrusion.”

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt today issued an opinion to the Missouri Revisor of Statutes that “triggers” parts of Missouri’s House Bill 126, effectively ending abortion in the State of Missouri. Missouri is the first state in the country to do so.

“Today, following the United States Supreme Court’s ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade, with the issuance of an attorney general opinion, my Office has yet again reinforced Missouri’s dedication to protecting the sanctity of life, both born and unborn. With this attorney general opinion, my Office has effectively ended abortion in Missouri, becoming the first state in the country to do so following the Court’s ruling,” said Attorney General Schmitt. “My Office has been fighting to uphold the sanctity of life since I became attorney general, culminating in today’s momentous court ruling and attorney general opinion. I will continue the fight to protect all life, born and unborn.”

Section B of HB126 states, “The enactment of section 188.017 of this act shall only become effective upon notification to the revisor of statutes by an opinion by the attorney general of Missouri…”

And Section 188.017 that is “triggered” by an attorney general’s opinion states, in part, “Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, no abortion shall be performed or induced upon a woman, except in cases of medical emergency…”

Thus, with the opinion from the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, abortion, except in cases of medical emergency, is now outlawed in the State of Missouri.

The opinion states, “By issuing this Attorney General Opinion No. 22-2022 and providing it directly to you, I hereby provide notification to the Revisor of Statutes, pursuant to § 188.017.4(1), that the United States Supreme Court has overruled, in whole or in part, Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973), restoring or granting to the state of Missouri the authority to regulate abortion to the extent set forth in § 188.017, RSMo, and that as a result, it is reasonably probable that § 188.017 would be upheld by the court as constitutional.”

The full opinion can be found here.

Washington D.C.- Congressman Billy Long issued the following statement after the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.

“Today, the Supreme Court made the right decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health,” Congressman Long said. “Six justices correctly overturned one of the worst decisions in Supreme Court history. Roe v. Wade has no basis in Constitutional law, and forced the states to accept the barbaric practice of abortion. I’ve never understand how a civilized society could possibly condone the killing of an innocent child in their mother’s womb. This is simply unconscionable to me and was for 49 years.

I am thrilled the State of Missouri has now outlawed all abortions in the state, in accordance with our “Trigger Law” to ban abortion immediately after Roe was overturned. Now I hope that we never look back.”

Oklahoma

Abortion services were halted in Oklahoma in May after Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill that prohibits all abortions with few exceptions. However, abortion laws are being challenged in lower courts in the state.

Political control: Republicans in Oklahoma have a supermajority in both chambers of the Legislature and a Republican governor up for reelection this year who has vowed to sign “every pro-life legislation that came across my desk.”

Background: Abortion services were halted in Oklahoma in May after Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill that prohibits all abortions with few exceptions. The ban is enforced by civil lawsuits rather than criminal prosecution. Republican lawmakers have been pushing to restrict abortion in the state for decades, passing 81 different restrictions since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Effect of Supreme Court ruling: The U.S. Supreme Court has little practical effect given that abortions are no longer being provided in Oklahoma. However, because several Oklahoma abortion laws still are facing legal challenges in lower courts, it’s possible that the abortion bans in place could be temporarily lifted. Oklahoma also has a “trigger law” that outlaws abortion immediately with the overturning of Roe.

What’s next: Given the fierce opposition to abortion from the governor and Legislature, Oklahoma will continue to prohibit the practice if states are given the option to do so. Meanwhile, abortion providers who had been operating in the state are taking steps to help patients seek abortions out of state, including coordinating funding for these women and developing a referral network of therapists to help address complications before or after a woman receives an abortion.

Officials Release Statements after Roe v. Wade decision

Oklahoma Attorney General O’Connor released the following.

“After almost 50 years, the U.S. Supreme Court has wiped one of the most horrifying opinions in American history from the books.  It has courageously done so in the face of intimidation, leaks, violence, and even an assassination attempt,” Attorney General O’Connor stated. “Roe not only took away over 60 million lives, it also barred Oklahomans and all other Americans from protecting our unborn children. We should help every woman facing a crisis pregnancy, but not at the cost of the innocent child’s life. This is truly a day for celebration and thanksgiving.”

Governor Kevin Stitt released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade:

“I am very excited that the Supreme Court made this courageous decision. Abortion is a state’s rights issue and it belongs to the people. I promised Oklahomans I would sign every pro-life bill that came across my desk and I am proud to have kept that promise, especially today as Oklahoma now has trigger laws to ban abortion in our state. I am proud to be called America’s most pro-life governor and I’m looking forward to the rest of the country following Oklahoma’s lead to protect life.”

Kansas

Voters will decide on August 2nd whether the state constitution protects the right to an abortion. 

Political control: Kansas has a legislature controlled by Republicans who want to ban or restrict access to abortions but a Democratic governor who supports access and is up for re-election this year.

Background: Under current law, Kansas does not ban most abortions until the 22nd week of pregnancy, when they’re allowed only to save a patient’s life or to prevent “a substantial and irreversible physical impairment of a major bodily function.” The state Supreme Court in 2019 declared that access to abortion is a “fundamental” right under the state constitution, granting stronger protections to abortion rights than the U.S. Constitution does currently. State law, however, doesn’t allow providers to dispense abortion medications through telemedicine consultations.

Effect of Supreme Court ruling: The U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade doesn’t change anything immediately in Kansas. The state Supreme Court blocked enforcement of a 2015 legislative ban on a common second-trimester procedure, and abortion opponents fear a host of other rules could fall to legal challenges in the near future. The GOP-controlled Legislature responded by putting a constitutional amendment on the ballot during the Aug. 2 primary. The amendment would declare that the state constitution does not grant a right to abortion. It would allow lawmakers to restrict abortion as much as the federal courts will allow — and to ban it if Roe is overturned.

What’s next: If voters approve the amendment, the Legislature would still have to approve the new restrictions, and lawmakers are out of session until January 2023. They can call themselves into special session with two-thirds majorities, but they’re likely to wait until after voters decide in the November general election whether to give Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly a second term.

Officials Release Statements after Roe v. Wade decision

U.S. Senator Roger Marshall, M.D. released a video statement addressing this historic decision. Senator Marshall said, in part,

“As an OBGYN, I had the honor of delivering more than 5,000 babies. Because of these wonderful moments and experiences, I believe life begins at conception. In fact, this is why today’s historic decision signals a new beginning for millions of unborn American children…Hopefully, today begins healing the wounds the pro-abortion agenda ripped open on American society almost 50 years ago… I want to remind everyone that putting an end to Roe vs Wade simply places this emotion-filled issue into the hands of the citizens of this country and their elected state officials, as opposed to unelected members of the federal judiciary… While the Democrat Majority Leader called for violence during a pro-abortion rally speech on the steps of the Supreme Court, we as a nation are better than this.  I urge all Americans to remain peaceful and respectful during the protests of this decision… Justice cannot and will not be served under the threat of mob violence so help us God.”
You may click HERE or on the image below to watch Senator Marshall’s full video statement.

AG Derek Schmidt statement on U.S. Supreme Court decision in abortion case

“Today’s landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court was the right one because as a matter of constitutional interpretation, as the Court writes, ‘Roe was egregiously wrong from the start.’ Now, the Court explains, ‘The permissibility of abortion, and the limitations upon it, are to be resolved like most important questions in our democracy: by citizens trying to persuade one another and then voting.’

“Today’s decision means the power and responsibility to decide the important and difficult questions involving regulation of abortion have been returned to the people instead of federal judges. The people of Kansas will speak directly to this subject in less than six weeks. In voting on the Value Them Both amendment, Kansans will decide whether state judges may determine how abortion is regulated in Kansas or whether that is a responsibility for the elected and democratically accountable branches of state government.

“In my view, the increase in the number of abortions in Kansas the past two years after a long period of steady decline is distressing. I prefer a future with less abortion, not more. To preserve existing limits on late-term abortions, requirements parents be notified when minors seek abortion, and prohibitions on using taxpayer funds to pay for abortion, I will join with other pro-life Kansans in casting my vote for Value Them Both. On August 2, the people will speak and their voice will show the path forward for Kansas.”

Arkansas

Arkansas bans abortion under a “trigger law” following the overturning of Roe v. Wade.

Political control: Arkansas’ legislature is controlled by Republicans who have supported dozens of abortion bans and restrictions in recent years. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson also has supported bans on abortion with some exceptions. He’s term-limited and leaves office in January. Republican nominee Sarah Sanders, press secretary to former President Donald Trump, is widely favored in the November election to succeed him.

Background: Arkansas law currently bans most abortions 20 weeks into a woman’s pregnancy, with exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother. The state has several other bans that have been struck down or blocked by the courts in recent years, including an outright abortion ban enacted last year that doesn’t include rape or incest exceptions. That ban has been blocked by a federal judge, and the state has appealed the ruling.

Effect of Supreme Court ruling: If the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the state would ban abortion under a “trigger law” it enacted in 2019 that conditions a ban on such a ruling. That ban, along with the outright ban that’s been blocked by a federal judge in the state, only allows exceptions to protect the life of the mother in a medical emergency. Hutchinson has said he thinks bans should include rape and incest exceptions, but he has not called on the Legislature to add those to either of the bans.

What’s next: Arkansas’ “trigger” law banning nearly all abortions in the state takes effect if the attorney general certifies that the U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade. The only exception in that ban is to protect the life of the mother in a medical emergency. The Legislature isn’t scheduled to meet until January, but Hutchinson is considering calling a special session to take up tax relief proposals. The Republican governor has not said he plans to include any legislation related to abortion on the agenda for that session.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson

“For decades I have said Roe v. Wade was wrongly decided. Today, the Supreme Court overturned the abortion ruling and returned the issue to the states. Arkansas is a pro-life state, and we are able now to protect life.” – Twitter

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WalletHub: Kansas #1 of “Safest States During COVID-19”

KANSAS – WalletHub ranks Kansas #1 of the “Safest States During COVID-19” pandemic.

The financial service states around 67% of the population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and new cases are on a general downward trend since the start of the year. So, WalletHub today released updated rankings for the “Safest States During COVID-19.” You can see a map ranking each state below, or click here.

Oklahoma is ranked #20, Missouri is ranked #24 and Arkansas is ranked #31.

Source: WalletHub

How did WalletHub Rank the States?

In order to find out the safest states during the COVID-19 pandemic, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across five key metrics. The company’s data set includes the level of COVID-19 community transmission, the rates of positive testing, hospitalizations and death, as well as the share of the eligible population getting vaccinated.

You can find the full list and more about WalletHub’s methodology here.

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Pittsburg professionals discuss human trafficking

 

PITTSBURG, Kan. — A human trafficking specialist gives a lesson to local human resource professionals.

Today at noon, the Crawford County Mental Health Center hosted a lunch to talk about human trafficking in the workplace. The lunch featured speaker Adah Hutchcraft, Spiritual Care Specialist, from Ascension Via Christi.   Hutchcraft focused on myths, signs, and stigmas the Human Resource professionals should be aware of.  

“It’s a very hard thing to track and we still know that human trafficking takes place everywhere,” Hutchcraft said. “So, whether you are a stay at home mom or you’re a professional in any environment this is important, because it might be a friend, a family member, as well as a co-worker, a church member, that you could end up helping if you know the red flags to look for.” 

The presentation included useful links to resources and data to show the important of the issue.  

One participant in the presentation, Ashley Stalford, the human resource specialist of Labette Health, said, “In the hospital you would automatically just basically assume everyone that’s coming in that was beat up, or something like that, would be involved in domestic violence. After today that’s definitely not the case and it’s gonna allow me to kind of look more into that and see the sides of human trafficking.”

Hutchcraft stated there is a high chance that every person will come across someone who has suffered from human trafficking within their lifetime.

You can find more resources on human trafficking here.

 

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An $8k donation will help provide food to local children

JOPLIN, Mo. – Arvest wraps up its 2022 Million Meals campaign, raising more than 1.9 million meals for food-insecure regional children.

“Did you know that just $1 can provide the equivalent of five meals to a person in need? With your help, we provided more than one million meals for 75-plus local organizations we partnered with this year. All your donations stay local.” – Arvest Million Meals website.

The Joplin community donated $8,880. Arvest today presented a check for that amount to the Joplin School District for its Bright Futures program.

Bright Futures Joplin helps with many programs to support structures that help kids be successful learners. This includes helping to provide meals to food-insecure children who are not getting food through school nutrition programs.

Arvest has locations in Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri.

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Construction crews work to stay safe in the heat

PITTSBURG, Kan. – “Most outdoor fatalities, 50% to 70%, occur in the first few days of working in warm or hot environments because the body needs to build a tolerance to the heat gradually over time.” That is according to OSHA.

Occupational risk factors for heat illness include:

  • heavy physical activity
  • warm or hot environmental conditions
  • lack of acclimatization
  • wearing clothing that holds in body heat

KOAM’s Jaylon Banks is speaking with Construction Workers from RFB Construction today in Pittsburg. We’ll talk about tips on how to stay safe and properly work in the heat.

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Kroger, Walgreens recall medications over poison concerns

Labs that supply Walgreens and Kroger recall more than 400,000 medication bottles that violate child safety regulations.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there’s nothing wrong with the medication, but the bottles don’t meet standards for child resistance. This means a child could open them and accidentally ingest the medications inside.

The bottles contain the pain relievers acetaminophen, ibuprofen and aspirin.

Walgreens Recall Details

This recall involves the Walgreens brand acetaminophen product.

The red and white label states Walgreens, Easy Open for Adults, Pain Reliever, Acetaminophen, 500 mg, Fever Reducer, Extra Strength, 150 caplets. The bottle has a red continuous thread gear closure.

UPC number 311917218090 and Lot numbers P2100627, P2100671, P2100672, P2100689 P2100747, P2100859 (each with expiration date Nov-2022) and P2200050 (with expiration date Jan-2023) are included in this recall.

The UPC number, lot numbers and expiration date are printed near the drug facts panel on the label on the back of the bottle.

Remedy

Consumers should immediately store the recalled products in a safe location out of reach and sight of children. Contact Aurohealth for information on how to return the product at your nearest Walgreens store to receive a full refund.

Kroger Recall Details

Arthritis Pain Acetaminophen

This recall involves the Kroger brand acetaminophen.

The red, white, and yellow label states, Kroger, Acetaminophen, Arthritis Pain, Extended-Release, Tablets USP, 650 mg, 225 extended-release tablets. The bottle has a red continuous thread gear closure.

UPC number 0004126001284 and lot numbers P2100890, P2100891, P2100992 (each with expiration date Aug-2023) and P2101010 (with expiration date Apr-2023) are included in this recall.

The UPC number, lot number and expiration date are printed near the drug facts panel on the label on the back of the bottle.

Aspirin and Ibuprofen

This recall involves the Kroger brand aspirin and ibuprofen over-the-counter drugs.

For the aspirin product, the green and yellow label states Kroger, Low Dose, Aspirin, 81 mg Delayed-Release Tablets / Pain Reliever, 300 enteric coated tablets. The bottle has a green continuous thread gear closure.

  • Aspirin UPC: 0004126001295
    •  Lot numbers:
      • A077J
      • F032H
      • F035H
      • J011H
      • K031H

For the ibuprofen product, the blue and white label states Kroger, Ibuprofen, Capsules, 200 mg Pain Reliever / Fever Reducer, 160 softgels. The bottle has a blue continuous thread gear closure. The following UPC and Lot numbers listed in the table are included in this recall and can be found on the label on the back of the bottle.

  • Ibuprofen UPC: 0004126001298
    • Lot numbers:
      • FH1163
      • C11044
      • C11047
      • C11064
      • C11065
      • C11079
      • C11084

Acetaminophen

This recall involves the Kroger brand acetaminophen over-the-counter drug.

The red, white and gray label states Kroger, Acetaminophen, Extended-Release Tablets USP, 650mg, Pain Reliever/Fever Reducer, 100 caplets. The bottle has a white continuous thread closure.

The UPC number is 0004126001287 with the batch codes AC45463, AC38213 or AC30682. The location of the UPC number is under the bar code on the packaging and the batch code is at the bottom of the label on the bottle.

Remedy

Consumers should immediately store the recalled product in a safe location out of reach and sight of children. Contact Kroger for information on how to properly dispose of the product and receive a full refund.

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Mercy Hospital celebrates 100th watchman procedure

JOPLIN, Mo. – Officials at Mercy Hospital today celebrated their one-hundredth watchman implant.

Mercy employees say that a watchman’s purpose is to treat Atrial Fibrillation that is not caused by a heart valve problem. It can also be used as an alternative to blood thinners.

“I had the Watchman installed on June 1st. I feel great, I am very happy to have been able to have Dr. Poe. The team here is just fantastic, they work together and they know what each other is doing and I think that’s so important to have good outcomes.” Said Velma Quinn, recipient of Mercy’s 100th watchman.

Officials say the watchman is about the size of a quarter and takes roughly one hour to implant.

 

 

 

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Aqua Salsa makes exercise easy in extreme heat for Pittsburg residents

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Pittsburg Parks & Recreation today hosted an aquatic event to help residents stay fit in the summer heat.

The city says its salsa-infused aquatic class is available on Monday & Wednesday at the Pittsburg Aquatic Center.

Sessions are 45 minutes and the cost to attend is $25 a person.

to learn more about future events, click here.

 

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Doctors remind 4-State residents the dangers of extreme heat

JOPLIN, Mo. – Officials at Freeman Health Systems say residents should remember to stay safe during times of extreme heat.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion can vary, but doctors say the main symptoms include:

  • Heavy sweating
  • Muscle cramps
  • Cold, pale and calmy skin

“The biggest thing to do if you start to experience any of those symptoms would be to try to get out of the environment that you’re in,” said Dr. Zachary Vincent. “So either get out the direct sunlight or if you can get into somewhere that is cool, has cooler air. Typically before you have to come to the hospital if you can drink sips of water , try and cool yourself off that would be the best thing to do.”

Experts say you should get medical help right away if there’s vomiting, if symptoms get worse or last longer than an hour, or if confusion sets in.

To find information regarding cooling areas, click here.

 

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US regulators warn of infant deaths in rockers, prompts new rule

WASHINGTON – Fatal incidents related to infant sleepers and rockers prompt a new rule for the products.

Fisher-Price and U.S. product safety regulators are telling parents not to let their infants fall asleep in the company’s rockers after 13 infants died in the devices between 2009 and 2021.

The deaths happened when the babies fell asleep in Fisher Price’s Infant-to-Toddler and Newborn-to-Toddler rockers. The company, along with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, said the rockers should never be used for sleep and infants should never be left unsupervised or unrestrained in them.

Fisher-Price, a division of El Segundo, California-based Mattel Inc., recalled a similar product last year after four infants died after they were placed on their backs unrestrained in the 4-in-1 Rock ’n Glide Soother. Those fatalities, all children under 4 months old, occurred between April 2019 and February 2020.

In 2019, the CPSC recalled another similar Fisher-Price product, the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper, after 30 infant fatalities were reported. Doctors, parents and consumer advocates had warned the company for years that the product was unsafe and should be recalled.

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CPSC Commissioner Richard Trumka Jr. said a gag order implemented by Congress in 1981 prevented the agency from issuing an immediate warning to consumers without first seeking permission from the product’s maker. In the most recent case, Trumka said the gag order delayed the warning message by two months.

“Congress must immediately repeal the gag rule,” Trumka said in a release separate from Tuesday’s product warning. “If CPSC cannot issue timely warnings, dangers will remain hidden in people’s homes.”

A new rule finalized by the CPSC requires that infant sleep products have a sleep surface angle of 10 degrees or less. The rule goes into effect on June 23, 2022.

Fisher-Price and the CPSC said the best place for infants to sleep is on their back on a firm, flat surface without blankets or other objects near them.

Fisher-Price has sold more than 17 million Rockers worldwide since the 1990s.

Consumers are encouraged to report incidents involving these or other infant products to the CPSC at saferproducts.gov.