Not Business As Usual: President Trump reinstates Mexico City Policy with a substantive addition
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On January 23, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump reinstated Reagan’s so-called Mexico City Policy, also known as the “global gag rule.”  In the process, he also added text that makes a substantive change going farther than any U.S. national-level anti-abortion … Continue reading

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Repeal and Replace with….?
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EDIT: 19 minutes after this blog posted, the NY Times released this (screenshot taken 1 hr 14 minutes after blog posted).  Keep it in mind as you read. For the first time in quite some while, the same political party … Continue reading

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What does a Trump Presidency mean for the Affordable Care Act and American patients’ access to care?
Alison Reiheld

Since Trump’s electoral college victory became apparent early Wednesday morning and especially since Secretary Clinton’s concession speech, many bioethicists–and many more American residents–have been wondering what a Trump Presidency means for the Affordable Care Act, AKA “Obamacare.” While the ACA … Continue reading

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The Brave Response to Anti-Abortion Legislation
Katherine McHugh

In the wake of the anti-abortion legislation we’ve seen from Utah, Indiana, Florida, Texas, and multiple other states, people across the country are forced once again to examine their beliefs around the legality and morality of the issue, especially in … Continue reading

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Zika, the film
Patrick J. Welsh

  Courtesy Debora Diniz (University of Brasilia). … Continue reading

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On The Costs of Simplistic Thinking: Reproductive Health Clinics Aren’t Just For Abortions
Alison Reiheld

The purpose of this post is not to argue against anti-abortion protesters. It is to narrowly and briefly explore what the harms done by principled, committed anti-abortion protesters when they assume that Reproductive Health Clinics, and procedures they perform, are … Continue reading

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Gendered Medicalization of Sexual Desire?
A Medical Sociologist Reflects on How “Women’s Viagra” Isn’t Like Viagra at All

The medical humanities have long drawn attention to the way that social power structures and value judgments affect diagnoses and the very disease categories on which those diagnoses are based. Peter Conrad famously discussed medicalization—the process by which a human … Continue reading

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Something Happened to Women’s Health in the 20th Century
Lynette Reid

I’ve been working recently on the relevance of growing income and wealth inequality for the issues of concern to bioethics. Gopal Sreenivasan pointed out in the Hastings Center Report a few years ago that universal health coverage is no panacea for social … Continue reading

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The Regulation of Women’s Bodies:
Popular with Governments Everywhere!

Or at least that’s my admittedly glib take-away from this concise and damning piece by Agomoni Ganguli Mitra at the BMJ Journal of Medical Ethics blog. … Continue reading

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The Zika Outbreak: A Call for Greater International Collaboration
Ruth Macklin

Global concerns about spread of the Zika virus continue to grow. More than 20 countries in Latin America–especially Brazil–as well as Caribbean locations and several states in the U.S. have reported confirmed or suspected cases. Yet, more remains unknown than … Continue reading

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“Why So Many Rich Kids Come to Enjoy the Taste of Healthier Foods”

This article at The Atlantic challenges conventional wisdom that wealthier people eat better because they are better informed. Recent empirical studies suggest that the extra cost of healthful foods being rejected by children influences the economic decisions of poorer parents at … Continue reading

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“Our mandatory breast-feeding fetish:
“Race, class, big business and the new politics of motherhood”

Initiatives like the Big Latch On and The Milk Truck strike me as positive examples of breastfeeding advocacy. Their goal is to protect women’s ability to choose how and where to feed their children. But as I’ve discovered again and … Continue reading

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