Appeals court upholds Obamacare tax as constitutional

Washington Times, July 29, 2014
Stephen Dinan and Tom Howell Jr., quoting I. Glenn Cohen

[...] Legal scholars say origination clause challenges, historically, have been a tough sell in the courts. Indeed, it is “very rarely litigated,” said I. Glenn Cohen, a health expert at Harvard…

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Experts urge lifting ban on blood donations by gay men

CBS News, July 25, 2014
Dennis Thompson , quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

The United States should repeal a 30-year policy that bans blood donations from gay and bisexual men, according to a team of medical and legal experts writing this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association .[...] [...] "We think it's time for the FDA to take a serious…

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D.C. appeals panel deals big blow to Obamacare subsidies: But second court backs administration on key part of law

Washington Times, July 22, 2014
Tom Howell Jr., quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] To redress the potentially fatal blow to its signature law, the administration will likely seek an “en banc” hearing on the case by all the judges in the D.C. Circuit. That may be more likely to go their way, as Republicans have accused Democrats of packing the court. …

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JAMA opinion piece calls for ending lifetime ban on blood donation by gay men: Hemophilia groups say policy must be based on science, not politics

Washington Times, July 19, 2014
Cheryl Wetzstein, citing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Gay marriage laws and court rulings against sexual-orientation discrimination are all signs that it’s time for the federal government to change its blood-donor policy for gay and bisexual men, authors said in a commentary released Saturday. The lifetime ban for blood donation by men who…

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Hated the Facebook experiment? You’ll hate what’s next for health care.

Vox, July 16, 2014
Adriana McIntyre interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article: Facebook isn't the only company that wants to capitalize on information collected from millions of people do do research. Health care systems want to use the immense sea of data in patients' medical records to try and improve health…

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Misjudgements will drive social trials underground: A Facebook study that manipulated news feeds was not definitively unethical and offered valuable insight into social behaviour, says Michelle N. Meyer.

Nature, July 16, 2014
Michelle Meyer (Academic Fellow Alumna) et al.

Former Petrie-Flom Academic Fellow Michelle N. Meyer has joined with a group of other scholars to defend the recently publicized social contagion experiment conducted by Facebook, arguing that the experiment…

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After Hobby Lobby, ACA exceptions may become the rule

Reuters, July 15, 2014
Interview with Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

Holly Fernandez Lynch analyzes the impact of the Supreme Court's recent decision, saying the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), passed by Congress, will shape the impact as much as the court…

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Hobby Lobby stunner: Supreme Court issues long-awaited ruling in birth-control dispute

Washington Times, June 30, 2014
Tom Howell Jr., quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

[...] Holly Lynch, a health and ethics expert at Harvard Law School, said she was “not surprised in the least that contraceptives in particular were not covered directly in the ACA.” “It was a political nightmare to begin with [and] adding that into the mix at the time could…

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Senior Associate Robin Pierce Appointed to Editorial Board of Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

Petrie-Flom, June 25, 2014

Robin Pierce, J.D., Ph.D., Senior Law and Ethics Associate with Petrie-Flom, has been appointed to the Editorial Board of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry.…

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What Ethicists Should Know about the Law

Harvard Medical School, June 19, 2014
Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

On Thursday, June 19, Petrie-Flom Executive Director Holly Fernandez Lynch will speak on "What Ethicists Should Know about the Law" as part of Harvard Clinical…

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Choosing not to choose: improving healthcare law by acknowledging how people behave (video)

Harvard Law Today, June 18, 2014

Harvard Law Today featured Cass Sunstein's keynote address at the 2014 Petrie-Flom Center Annual Conference, "Behavioral Economics, Law, and Health Policy." Sunstein, who is the Robert Walmsley University Professor…

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New Journal of Law & Biosciences content features Harvard Law School student work

Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB), April-May 2014

The Journal of Law and the Biosciences, the new open-access journal launched this year by the Petrie-Flom Center and Harvard Law School in partnership with Duke University and Stanford University, has published several articles in…

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Doctors pushed to reject role in executions

"The Rachel Maddow Show," MSNBC, June 17, 2014
Rachel Maddow, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Faculty Director I. Glenn Cohen appeared on The Rachel Maddow Show to…

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Inquisitive Nashville teen finds her egg donor mom

USA Today, June 5, 2014
Heidi Hall, featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Originally published as "Nashville teen finds her egg donor mom," The Tennesseean (June 5, 2014). [...] The identity of U.S. sperm and egg donors is protected…

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Goodbye and Congratulations to Faculty Co-Director Benjamin N. Roin

Petrie-Flom Center, June 1, 2014

The Petrie-Flom Center congratulates our co-director, Benjamin N. Roin, who effective June 30, 2014 will be taking up an offer to join the faculty of MIT Sloan School of Management. As part of this transition…

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Video Now Available: What is Life?: The Science and Ethics of Making New Life in the Laboratory

Radcliffe Institute, May 30, 2014
Featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

How has knowledge of the human genome transformed the biological sciences? How should we assess the promises, perils, and ethics of creating new organisms in the laboratory? Eric S. Lander (moderator), president and founding director, Broad Institute…

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What is Life?: The Science and Ethics of Making New Life in the Laboratory

Radcliffe Institute, May 30, 2014, 4:00-5:15pm
Featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Registration is required in order to attend this event. Please register here. How has knowledge of the human genome transformed the biological sciences? How should we assess the promises, perils, and ethics…

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Harvard Law Professor: Suing the VA Is Full of Challenges

Newsmax, May 27, 2014
Courtney Coren, interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Those affected by the scandal at Veterans Affairs hospitals across the country could file a class action lawsuit, but such a move also presents "some challenges," says I. Glenn Cohen, Harvard University Law School professor and medical ethics expert.  "The main vehicle for bringing…

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California Counties Sue 5 Narcotics Makers

Here & Now, NPR, May 22, 2014
Robin Young interviewing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Two counties in California — Orange and Santa Clara — are suing five major drug companies, accusing them of causing the growing prescription drug epidemic across the country. The complaint, filed on behalf of the state of California, accuses the companies, which make painkilling…

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Delaying Pregnancy and Parenthood: Risks and Rewards

The Forum at the Harvard School of Public Health, May 21, 2014
Featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

In a new report, the National Center for Health Statistics at the CDC has confirmed that the average age at which American women deliver their first babies has increased in the last 40 years. The Center reports that there were more than nine times as many first births to women 35 years old or…

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