Government Should Not Fund Organizations that Kill Innocent Human Beings

Government Should Not Fund Organizations that Kill Innocent Human Beings

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced in October that it would no longer accept “reimbursement” for the costs it incurs in making fetal organs and tissues available for scientific research.[1] In the same announcement, the group denied any previous wrongdoing—despite footage of Planned Parenthood officials bargaining over the price of baby body parts. It thereby hoped to put to rest controversy surrounding the group and the recent videos. This missed the point. The government…

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In Response to Davis and Gupta: Why Funding Planned Parenthood is Deceptive, Inappropriate, and Should End

In Response to Davis and Gupta: Why Funding Planned Parenthood is Deceptive, Inappropriate, and Should End

I write in response to Anne Davis, MD, MPH and Pratima Gupta, MD, MPH, “Attacks on Planned Parenthood are Ideologically Driven and Dangerous,” Harvard Health Policy Review (Nov. 2015), available here. Drs. Davis and Gupta are admirably frank in asserting the propositions they defend: They believe that abortion is an integral element of “comprehensive reproductive health care.” And they believe that taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood is helpful to the practice of abortion in America,…

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Social Policy is Health Policy: Addressing the “Causes of the Causes” of Health Disparities

Social Policy is Health Policy: Addressing the “Causes of the Causes” of Health Disparities

Author: Rita Hamad, MD MPH MS Instructor of Medicine, Stanford University Although the U.S. boasts the most advanced medical technologies in the world, hundreds of thousands die each year from preventable diseases like stroke and lung cancer. Health disparities between the poor and the rich are starker than in any other high-income country. In this article, Dr. Rita Hamad discusses why a focus on prevention in healthcare settings is not enough. Rather, social and economic…

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In Response to Anderson and George: Why Funding Planned Parenthood Respects Life

In Response to Anderson and George:  Why Funding Planned Parenthood Respects Life

I write in response to Ryan T. Anderson, Ph.D., and Robert P. George, J.D., D. Phil, “Government Should Not Fund Organizations that Kill Innocent Human Beings,” Harvard Health Policy Review (Nov. 2015), available here, arguing that the federal government should defund Planned Parenthood because it provides abortions.[1] These arguments to defund Planned Parenthood are counterproductive and illogical, even from an anti-abortion viewpoint, because defunding would undermine safe attempts to lower rates of abortion. Moreover, while anti-abortion…

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Attacks on Planned Parenthood are Ideologically Driven and Dangerous

Attacks on Planned Parenthood are Ideologically Driven and Dangerous

We are board-certified obstetrician/gynecologists, and our daily work includes providing comprehensive reproductive health care, such as abortion. We know that defunding Planned Parenthood is a bad idea. All our clinical experience and current research indicate doing so would cause great harm. Planned Parenthood and comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care perennially come under attack in the United States. Recently, scientists, doctors and patients have been the targeted for participating in fetal tissue research, despite the…

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The Fallacy of U.S. and China Hospital Collaborations – Are we able to bridge ideals with realities?

The Fallacy of U.S. and China Hospital Collaborations – Are we able to bridge ideals with realities?

INTRODUCTION AND HISTORY China is the fastest growing consumer market in the world with a burgeoning population that is hungry for increasing goods and services. With declining reimbursements and increasing regulatory complexity, why not export healthcare from the USA along with Coca-Cola overseas to the largest customer base in the world? Western medicine has, in fact, been in China since the 17th century when Jesuit missionaries brought remedies into China to add to the herbalist…

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Improving American Mental Health Policy: No Simple Answers

Improving American Mental Health Policy: No Simple Answers

Abstract: This article explores the obvious need for improvements in American mental health policy, noting that the complexity of the system results in a wide range of challenging and contentious policy questions that go beyond health policy and involve social welfare policy, disability policy, criminal justice policy, and more. The complexity arises from the heterogeneity of populations with mental and/or substance use disorders; the range of potentially useful interventions (including but not limited to treatment…

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All Hat, No Cattle—The False Hope of Right-to-Try Laws

All Hat, No Cattle—The False Hope of Right-to-Try Laws

Authors: Alison Bateman-House, Arthur L. Caplan Division of Medical Ethics NYU Langone Medical Center Are right-to-try laws a good idea? In 2014, they began appearing throughout the United States, first in Colorado and now in 23 states, with several more considering passing versions of this popular legislation. At first glance these bills may seem worth enacting. Right-to-try (RTT) laws promise terminally ill patients that they can obtain experimental drugs or medical devices in their quests to…

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Exploring one LGBT organization’s impact on those living with HIV/AIDS in Austin, Texas

Exploring one LGBT organization’s impact on those living with HIV/AIDS in Austin, Texas

Authors: David M. Brown, JD; Christina Lively, M.Ed; Mary-Jo DelVecchio Good, PhD Acknowledgements: The article is based on a paper written for “Economics 2395 – Health and Social Justice: Reshaping the Delivery of Health”, a Harvard course taught by Paul Farmer and Amartya Sen. MMSc-GHD Program Director Joia Mukherjee suggested exploring ALLGO through the lens of social justice theory. David M. Brown wishes to thank Joia Mukherjee, Paul Farmer and Amartya Sen for their inspiration…

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Transforming the American Diet – Necessity and Challenges

Transforming the American Diet – Necessity and Challenges

It is common knowledge that obesity and poor diet are rising trends in the United States and are leading to increased disease and higher health care costs. To reverse those trends, Americans must reduce intake of processed foods and adopt a more plant-based diet. Educational and regulatory steps are needed to improve the American diet and to reverse the debilitating effects of poor diet.

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