Disparities in Maternal Mortality: Some American women have a higher risk of the highest cost of being pregnant
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Maternal mortality is a basic public health measure. It is also one of the many health outcomes on which the United States ranks much lower than other comparably developed nations. As per Ann Simmons’ superb article on the subject of … Continue reading

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New film coming out based on the disability rights book Far From The Tree
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You may or may not be familiar with the Andrew Solomon’s Far From the Tree, a book format study of difference within families including families raising children with “extraordinary needs.”  It’s a useful and important tool for teaching and learning about families and persons … Continue reading

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What you don’t know CAN hurt you: Epistemic Injustice and Conceptually Impoverished Health Promotion
Alison Reiheld

I want to consider a particular kind of wrong within medicine and health promotion: epistemic injustice and its harms. My case study is obesity conceived of as a public health concern. However, the analytic framework I deploy may prove useful … Continue reading

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Health consequences of Flint water crisis grow
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Recent reports indicate that the water crisis in Flint, MI, had unpredicted health consequences including increasing the rate of fetal deaths and miscarriages. The effect size is described by the authors of a new working paper as “horrifyingly large.”  You … Continue reading

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Police, providers, and patients: between a rock and a hard place? Not really
Alison Reiheld

The Salt Lake Tribune (from the US State of Utah) posted an article yesterday about a nurse who refused to let a police officer trained in phlebotomy take a blood sample from an unconscious patient. The nurse was arrested and … Continue reading

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ACA repeal-and-replace, at least in any of its current forms, will devastate rural Americans
Alison Reiheld

Since 2010, I have incorporated Remote Area Medical (RAM) into my medical ethics teaching. RAM is an organization that relies on corporate donations, individual charitable donations, and time-and-skill donations by health care providers to provide healthcare boot camps for 2-3 days … Continue reading

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Behind Closed Doors: A flawed AHCA does nothing to fix the flaws of the ACA, makes things worse for 10s of millions of Americans
Rory Kraft

Many of us in the bioethics community are following along with the political maneuvers in the U.S. Senate on the Republican attempt to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA/“Obamacare”).  From my perspective it has been more difficult to … Continue reading

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“Why TrumpCare’s Medicaid Cuts are a Feminist Disability Rights Issue” by Leah Smith and Joseph Stramondo
Joseph Stramondo

Editor’s Note: Smith and Stramondo have co-authored for IJFAB Blog in the past, with the widely read “Musings on the Value of ‘Awareness’.” You can see a shared bio at the end of today’s blog article. Until this past Thursday, most … Continue reading

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BREAKING NEWS: disabled persons protest US Senate healthcare bill and cuts to Medicaid (includes link roundup)
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As you may know, the US is in the midst of the Republican party’s long-promised efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare. Earlier this year, the US House of Representatives passed a bill called the American … Continue reading

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Mandatory Sterilization for transgender people as a requirement of legal gender recognition struck down in Europe
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Four years ago, nearly to the day, IJFAB Blog contributor Alison Reiheld wrote on the repeal of Swedish laws that had required transgender person to be sterile (or become sterile) AND to have surgical sex reassignment in order to change … Continue reading

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Time to Update IJFAB’s Pronoun Conventions?
Kathryn MacKay

In light of recent controversies in philosophy surrounding how philosophers ought best to write about vulnerable social identities–whether gender or race–I’ve been thinking about some things. Many things, many of which I will not get into here. One of them … Continue reading

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Body Ecology and Commodification in The Handmaid’s Tale
Rebecca Bratten Weiss

Editor’s Note: This is one of several blog entries on Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. For the first in the series, go here. The Handmaid’s Tale was one of many texts which, when I finally read it, turned out to be very different … Continue reading

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