AGENDA NOW AVAILABLE: 2015 Annual Conference
Law, Religion, and Health in America

Saturday, May 09, 2015
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East BC
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Registration is now available online! Conference DescriptionReligion and medicine have historically gone hand in hand, but increasingly have come into…

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Patients with Passports: Medical Tourism, Law, and Ethics

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, February 24, 2015
by Robert Klitzman, leading discussion with I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

Live WebstreamWatch the event live online! DescriptionMedical tourism is a growing, multi-billion dollar industry involving millions of patients who travel abroad each year to get health care. Some seek services…

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Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review collaborative blogging with Health Affairs

Petrie-Flom, February 5, 2015

The Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review was a big success!  Video will be posted on our website shortly, but our presenters will be posting on their respective topics…

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Third Annual Health Law Year in P/Review

Friday, January 30, 2015 7:45 AM - 5:00 PM
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East AB
1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Couldn't make it in person? Check out the individual sessions in the videos linked above! The Third Annual Health Law…

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Mormon Church Wants Freedom to Discriminate

New York Times, January 27, 2015
by Andrew Rosenthal

[...] The Associated Press explained: “Mormon leaders still want to hire and fire workers based not only on religious beliefs, but also on behavior standards known as honor codes that require gays…

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Courts wrestle with wave of new state abortion laws

Politico, January 8, 2015
by Paige Winfield Cunningham, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] As courts weigh the legal challenges to these laws, they’re being asked to spell out exactly how far states can go in regulating abortion and what requirements go too…

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Texas Abortion Clinic Rules Tested in Appeals Court

New York Times, January 7, 2015
by Erik Eckholm

NEW ORLEANS — Lawyers for abortion clinics squared off with Texas state attorneys in a federal appeals court here on Wednesday, arguing over the constitutionality of stringent abortion clinic rules that would…

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Law Professor Discusses Medical Tourism

Harvard Crimson, November 20, 2014
by Katherine H. Scott, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

When most people hear the word “tourism,” they immediately think of flocking to the sandy beaches of the Caribbean or exploring museums in a European city. For Harvard Law School…

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Voters Provide Mixed Messages On Health Ballot Measures

Kaiser Health News, November 5, 2014
by Julie Rovner

[...] The Affordable Care Act wasn’t directly on the ballot in any state, but voters did decide a host of health-related issues in Tuesday’s elections.  And there was no clear…

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Planned Parenthood vs. Personhood in Colorado

Washington Post, November 2, 2014
by Katie Zezima

Cathy Alderman and Ashley Wheeland have logged quite a few miles this election season canvassing for Planned Parenthood here in Colorado as part of a massive, $15-$20 million effort to…

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New Class of Abortion Providers Helps Expand Access in California

Los Angeles Times, October 23, 2014
by Lee Romney

[...] Although state legislatures across the country have passed laws in record numbers over the last four years setting restrictions on abortions — undermining Roe vs. Wade, the 1973 Supreme…

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Texas Women Forced to Reassess After New Ruling on Abortions

New York Times, October 3, 2014
by Laura Tillman and Erik Eckholm

The day after a federal appeals court allowed stringent new abortion restrictions to take effect in Texas, patients arrived on Friday at Whole Woman’s Health here in the Rio Grande Valley to…

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Federal Judge Blocks Texas Restriction on Abortion Clinics

NPR, August 29, 2014
by Carrie Feibel

A federal judge in Austin struck down part of a Texas law that would have required all abortion clinics in the state to meet the same standards as outpatient surgical…

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The Dawn of the Post-Clinic Abortion

New York Times, August 28, 2014
by Emily Bazelon

[...] A medical abortion in the United States usually involves two office visits. At the first, a woman often has an ultrasound, to date the pregnancy. She is given mifepristone…

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Abortion Clinic Protections Proposed in Massachusetts

New York Times, July 14, 2014
by Jess Bidgood

BOSTON — Massachusetts lawmakers expressed support for a bill filed on Monday that they say would address safety concerns that arose when theUnited States Supreme Court last month struck down 35-foot buffer zones…

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Women forced to travel as Deep South closes doors on abortion clinics:

Al Jazeera America, July 12, 2014
by Ashley Cleek

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – When Kew found out she was pregnant, she knew immediately that she wanted to have an abortion. So she did a web search for “abortion clinic in…

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Court strikes down abortion clinic buffer zones

Washington Post, June 26, 2014
by Robert Barnes

The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down protest-free buffer zones around abortion clinics in Massachusetts as an unconstitutional infringement on free speech. But Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s…

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Louisiana governor signs into law new abortion restrictions

Reuters, June 12, 2014
by Jonathan Kamisky

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal signed new restrictions on abortion clinics into law on Thursday, a move his critics have said will force three of the state's five clinics to close.…

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Next battleground in abortion fight:

CBS News, May 27, 2014
by Stephanie Condon

For the past three years, anti-abortion activists have worked methodically to across the country to test the limits of Roe v. Wade by advancing a variety of new laws limiting access to…

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With New Bill, Abortion Limits Spread in South

New York Times, May 21, 2014
by Jeremy Alford and Erik Eckholm

BATON ROUGE, La. — The Louisiana State Legislature on Wednesday passed a bill that could force three of the state’s five abortion clinics to close, echoing rules passed in Alabama, Mississippi and…

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Trial Over Alabama Abortion Law Begins

ABC News, May 19, 2014
by Philip Rawls

The operators of three of Alabama's five abortion clinics testified Monday they use out-of-town doctors who wouldn't be able to admit patients to local hospitals as required under a new…

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Teenage pregnancy, birth, abortion rates all falling, report says

LA Times, May 5, 2014
by Amina Khan

[...] The teenage pregnancy rate dropped 51% between 1990 and 2010, according to the report. The 2010 rate of 57.4 pregnancies per 1,000 teenage girls and women 15-19 also represents…

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Clashing Rights:

Northeastern University Program on Health Policy and Law, April 25, 2014
by featuring I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

In recent years, the First Amendment’s free speech clause has played an increasingly critical role in the battle over reproductive rights. For example, states seeking to limit access to abortion…

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Mark Udall ad says Cory Gardner ‘championed’ Colorado fight to ban birth control, April 21, 2014
by Citing I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

[...] As we’ve noted in past articles about the debate over personhood, some legal scholars and the medical community have cautioned that it could potentially impact access to birth control. In a 2011…

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Judge overturns North Dakota law banning most abortions

CNN, April 17, 2014
by Carma Hassan and Dana Ford

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that North Dakota's abortion law, considered one of the most restrictive in the nation, is unconstitutional. The law banned most abortions after six weeks, when a fetal heartbeat…

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Abortion Coverage Details Hard To Find On Marketplace Plans

Kaiser Health News, April 15, 2014
by Michelle Andrews

When it comes to coverage of abortion services in plans sold on the health insurance marketplaces, opponents and supporters of abortion rights are in complete agreement on one thing: Coverage…

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European Union Debates Initiative on Embryo Protection

New York Times, April 10, 2014
by James Kanter

BRUSSELS — A packed hearing on a petition calling for the protection of human embryos led to a rare outbreak of raucous exchanges in the European Parliament on Thursday —…

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Alabama Lawmakers Send New Abortion Restriction Bills to Governor

New York Times, April 3, 2014
by Reuters

Alabama measures to extend an abortion waiting period and tighten rules for minors seeking the procedure are headed to the governor's desk, but a move to ban abortions based on…

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Arizona Limit on Non-Surgical Abortion Allowed by Judge

Bloomberg, April 1, 2014
by Edvard Pettersson

An Arizona law limiting women’s access to drug-induced abortions was allowed by a federal judge to take effect in a defeat to reproductive-rights activists fighting parts of a 2012 state overhaul of…

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U.S. Appeals Court Upholds Texas’ Restrictive Abortion Law

Al Jazeera America, March 27, 2014

A federal appeals court on Thursday upheld Texas' tough abortion restrictions that have forced the closure of nearly 20 clinics around the state. The court said the new rules don't…

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A Stillborn Child, A Charge of Murder and the Disputed Case Law on ‘Fetal Harm’

ProPublica, March 18, 2014
by Nina Martin

Rennie Gibbs, a 16 year old in Mississippi when she gave birth to a stillborn child, is facing life in prison for taking cocaine during her pregnancy. Hers is among…

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Suit filed to block new Arizona abortion regulations

LA Times, March 5, 2014
by Cindy Carcamo

TUCSON -- Abortion providers have filed suit against Arizona to block a new rule that limits the use of medications to induce abortions. The rule is part of state-mandated abortion…

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Frances Kamm’s Bioethical Prescriptions:
Book Talk and Panel Discussion

Thursday, February 27, 2014 2:00 to 3:30 PM
Lectures and Panels
Wasserstein Hall 1019
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

We hosted this book talk and panel discussion for Professor Frances Kamm's latest book, Bioethical Prescriptions: To Create, End, Choose, and…

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I. Glenn Cohen discusses proposed West Va. Ban on Abortions after 20 Weeks

Talkline, February 27, 2014

Petrie-Flom Faculty Co-Director I. Glenn Cohen recently appeared on West Virginia radio show "Talkline" to discuss the state's proposed ban on abortions after 20 weeks. The proposed law is based…

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Too good to be true?

NBC News, February 3, 2014
by Zac Bissonnette, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Petrie-Flom Faculty Co-Director)

[...] The ministries are not regulated for solvency, said I. Glenn Cohen, a professor at Harvard Law School and co-director of the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and…

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Abortions Reportedly Drop To Lowest Rate Since 1970s

NPR, February 2, 2014
by Julie Rovner

Abortions in the U.S. resumed their downward trend between 2008 and 2011, according to a new study. But its authors say the recent surge of state laws intended to restrict…

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Health Law Year in P/Review

Friday, January 31, 2014 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wasserstein Hall, Milstein East B & C
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

Watch Event Recordings

Video of this conference is now available at online! (See below for links to specific panels.) At our second Annual Health…

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Supreme Court justices question size of buffer zones around Mass. abortion clinics

Washington Post, January 15, 2014
by Robert Barnes

Supreme Court justices on Wednesday aggressively questioned whether a Massachusetts law that creates buffer zones around abortion clinics unconstitutionally inhibits the free-speech rights of antiabortion activists. Several justices made clear in…

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High Court’s Pass On ‘Fetal Pain’ Abortion Case Unlikely To Cool Debate

NPR, January 13, 2014
by Julie Rovner and Liz Halloran

A new class of restrictive abortion laws, passed in recent years in a swath of states, hinges on the argument that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks of…

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Michigan passes ‘rape insurance’ bill

MSNBC, December 11, 2013
by Irin Carmon

Both chambers of the Michigan legislature have passed a measure banning insurance coverage for abortion in private health plans unless women purchase a separate rider. And because of the way…

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Catholic hospitals are growing. What will that mean for reproductive health?

Washington Post, December 2, 2013
by Sarah Kliff

Tamesha Means was 18 weeks pregnant when her water broke. Means, then 27 and the mother of two, knew something was wrong. So she called a friend to take her…

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Now Available: Bioethical Prescriptions:

Oxford University Press, 2013
by Frances Kamm

Bioethical Prescriptions collects Frances M. Kamm's articles on bioethics, which have appeared over the last twenty-five years and which have made her among the most influential philosophers in this area. Kamm is…

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The abortion ban defeated Tuesday in Albuquerque has passed in 13 states

The Washington Post, November 20, 2013
by Niraj Chokshi

Pro-choice activists scored a victory on Tuesday, but it’s one in a war they’ve been losing in recent years. Voters in Albuquerque, N.M., defeated by a wide margin what could…

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Reproductive Rights around the Globe

Thursday, November 07, 2013 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
Wasserstein 1019
1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA

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A discussion of selected topics in the field of international reproductive rights, moderated by Elizabeth Bartholet, Morris Wasserstein Public Interest Professor…

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In Reversal, Court Allows Texas Law on Abortion

New York Times, October 31, 2013
by Erik Eckholm

Only three days after a federal judge blocked a new Texas law that threatened to shut down many of the state’s abortion clinics, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth…

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Judge blocks parts of Texas abortion law

The Washington Post, October 28, 2013
by Juliet Eilperin

A federal judge in Texas blocked two key parts of the state’s controversial abortion lawMonday, ruling that one part is unconstitutional while another provision imposes an undue burden on women in…

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Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill to increase access to abortions

Los Angeles Times, October 9, 2013
by Patrick McGreevy and Anthony York

The new law would allow certain non-physicians, including nurse practitioners, to perform the procedure during the first trimester.

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Rethinking Personhood:
Fetuses, Animals, and Robots

Monday, March 04, 2013
Lectures and Panels
Austin Hall 111, Harvard Law School
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Are there entities that we do not (or would not) recognize as persons but should, or entities that we do…

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Health Law Year in P/Review

Friday, February 01, 2013
Wasserstein Hall 2036, Milstein East C, Harvard Law School
Watch Event Recordings

2012 was an historic year for health law, with the Supreme Court issuing the final word on the constitutionality of…

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