Jocelyn WienerCalMatters Reporter
Jocelyn Wiener writes about health and mental health for CalMatters, exploring the intersection between government policies and people's lives. She has worked as a reporter in her native California for close to two decades.
The new federal number is billed as an alternative to 911 for people experiencing mental health emergencies. A bill would allow California to fund call centers with new fees on phone lines.
Overall rates of the surgical snip have declined nationally in the past decade. But, despite advice, some hospitals and certain doctors still routinely cut the vagina to ease a baby's birth.