Good News Headlines 6/23/2021

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Mind-Blowing’ Surgery In Mothers’ Wombs Spared Dozens Of Babies From Spina Bifida Paralysis

by Judy Cole, Good News Network

For an unborn child, spina bifida, a birth defect in which the spinal cord fails to develop or close properly, is a devastating diagnosis. Until recently, doctors were unable to attempt to correct the condition until after the baby was born.

Biden Signs Juneteenth Into A Holiday, Officially Giving Federal Employees The Day Off Friday

by Matthew Brown and Chelsey Cox, USA Today

President Joe Biden Thursday signed legislation making Juneteenth, a day commemorating the end of slavery in Confederate states, a federal holiday. “This will go down for me as one of the greatest honors I will have as president,” Biden said.

The Department Of Education Just Announced That Title IX Protects Transgender Student Athletes

by Annie Reneau, Upworthy

“Today, the Department makes clear that all students — including LGBTQ+ students — deserve the opportunity to learn and thrive in schools that are free from discrimination,” Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said in a statement.

‘Action Time’: Ghanaians Plant 5m Trees To Fight Forest Depletion

by News Agencies, Aljazeera

A massive drive to plant five million trees in Ghana began as part of a nationwide campaign to save depleting forest reserves. Under the “Green Ghana” program, the government provided free seedlings to people from all walks of life, including celebrities, officials, parliamentarians, traditional leaders and schoolchildren.

The Public Health Care Option Is Now A Reality In 3 States

By Dylan Scott, Vox

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed into law a public health care option, making it the third state in the US to approve the creation of a government-run health insurance plan to be sold alongside commercial coverage on the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplaces.

Native American Tribe In Maine Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Ago

by Good News Network

The Passamaquoddy Tribe reacquired 140 acres of their ancestral territory, thanks to help from The Nature Conservancy which granted them funds to purchase Pine Island, known to them as Kuwesuwi Monihq. The small tribe of 3,700 Native Americans had lived there for at least 10,000 years.