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Energy therapy class offered in Red Wing: Health briefs

Blood donation opportunities in March

During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross is encouraging those eligible to give blood. The Red Cross depends on donors to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals nationwide.

Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are needed to help those who rely on blood products. Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

•1-7 p.m., March 2 — St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 320 West Ave.

•Noon to 6 p.m., March 7 — United Redeemer Lutheran Church, Zumbrota

•8 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 9 — Elks Lodge #845, 306 W. Fourth St.

•9 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 9 — Foldcraft Co., Kenyon

•Noon to 6 p.m., March 15 — Trinity Lutheran Church, Wanamingo

Appointments can be made by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 800-RED CROSS.

Energy therapy class offered in Red Wing

A Level 1 Healing Touch class, part of the certification process through Healing Beyond Borders, is being offered at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing. Classes will be 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 9, and Friday, March 10, at the Professional and Community Center, 1407 W. Fourth St.

This two-day course has been designed for those with a desire to learn more about energy therapy and healing techniques. The class will be taught by Sarah Stinson, a certified healing touch practitioner and Level 1 instructor.

Participants can expect to learn about a number of energy system concepts and functions, as well as the basic principles and practice of healing touch for personal and professional use. Class registration is open to the public and is highly recommended for those working in patient care.

The class qualifies for 18 continuing education contact hours. The cost is $260 and includes a workbook. To register or to learn more, contact Stinson at 651-267-3506 by Feb. 24.

Employee health department renamed Occupational Medicine

Employee Health and Wellness at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing will change its name to Occupational Medicine starting March 1. There will be no change in the hours or offered services, according to a news release.

Services include work injury treatment and management, regulatory examinations, drug testing, and preplacement physical examinations.

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Plaintiff in Roe v. Wade abortion ruling dies

Norma McCorvey, the anonymous plaintiff known as Jane Roe in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark Roe vs. Wade ruling legalizing abortion, died Saturday, Feb. 18, at the age of 69, a journalist close to McCorvey said.

McCorvey died on Saturday morning of heart failure at an assisted living home in Katy, Texas, Joshua Prager, a journalist who is writing a book about the decision, said in an email.

Her lawsuit, filed under the pseudonym Jane Roe, resulted in the court's 1973 decision that established a woman's right to an abortion.

A reluctant hero of the abortion-rights movement, McCorvey put her courtroom pseudonym fully behind her in the 1980s when she lent her name to supporters of women's rights. She did an about-face, however, and later spoke out on behalf of abortion foes.

The 1973 ruling has been the focus of a divisive political, legal and moral debate that has raged for decades in the United States. It established that the U.S. Constitution protects the right of a woman to have an abortion until the point of viability.

The Supreme Court defined that as when the fetus "has the capability of meaningful life outside the mother's womb," generally at about 24 weeks into pregnancy. The court also recognized a right to abortion after viability if necessary to protect the woman's life or health.