Administration Reportedly ‘Encouraged” Texas To Pursue Millions In Withheld Medicaid Funds

Kaiser Health News, May 18, 2017

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Duterte Orders Strict Smoking Ban in Philippines, and Asks Citizens to Help

New York Times, May 18, 2017
by Felipe Villamor

MANILA — President Rodrigo Duterte, who has overseen a deadly campaign to eradicate drug...

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Flickers Of Bipartisanship May Light Way For Plan B In Senate If GOP Legislation Fails

Kaiser Health News, May 15, 2017

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New Gene Tests Pose a Threat to Insurers

New York Times, May 12, 2017
by Gina Kolata

Pat Reilly had good reason to worry about Alzheimer’s disease: Her mother had it, and she saw...

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Heroin Epidemic Is Driving A Spike In Hepatitis C Cases, CDC Says

NPR, May 11, 2017
by Colin Dwyer

The number of new Hepatitis C cases leaped nearly 300 percent from 2010 to 2015, according to a...

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With Alcoholism Rampant On Nearby Reservation, Nebraska Shuts Town’s Liquor Stores

NPR, May 11, 2017
by Jim Kent

The battle over alcohol stores in tiny Whiteclay, Neb., has been going on for decades. Home to rough...

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Aetna Pulling Out Of All ACA Marketplaces Amid Uncertainty, Financial Losses

Kaiser Health News, May 11, 2017

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Trump’s pick to run mental health is poised to shake things up. Even some liberals can’t wait

STAT, May 11, 2017
by Meghana Keshavan

President Trump’s pick to run federal mental health services has called for a bold reordering...

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Law, Religion, and Health in the United States

Cambridge University Press, July 2017
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director), and Elizabeth Sepper

About the Book

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While the law can create conflict between religion and health, it can also facilita...

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Vape Shops Want to Do Good, but Fear F.D.A. Won’t Let Them Do Well

New York Times, May 10, 2017
by Caitlin Kelly

Like so many entrepreneurs who have opened vaping shops lately, Stephen D’Angelo was a heavy s...

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Trump administration appoints new AHRQ director

Modern Healthcare, May 9, 2017
by Maria Castellucci

Gopal Khanna has been tapped as the new director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality,...

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Senate Confirms Scott Gottlieb to Head F.D.A.

New York Times, May 9, 2017
by Katie Thomas

The Senate voted 57 to 42 on Tuesday to confirm Dr. Scott Gottlieb as commissioner of the Food and D...

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France bans extremely thin models

BBC News, May 6, 2017

A law in France banning the use of unhealthily thin fashion models has come into effect

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White House Proposes Cutting Drug Control Office Funding by 95%

New York Times, May 5, 2017
by Alan Rappeport

WASHINGTON — When he was running for office, Donald J. Trump promised to rid America...

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Tobacco company flags appeal over plain packaging

BBC News, May 5, 2017

British American Tobacco has suggested an appeal is likely amid reports that the World Trade Organiz...

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In Rare Unity, Hospitals, Doctors and Insurers Criticize Health Bill

New York Times, May 4, 2017
by Reed Abelson and Katie Thomas

It is a rare unifying moment. Hospitals, doctors, health insurers and some consumer groups, with few...

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House Passes Measure to Repeal and Replace the Affordable Care Act

New York Times, May 4, 2017
by Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday narrowly approved a bill to repeal and replace major parts...

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$8 Billion Deal Gives Crucial Momentum to G.O.P. Health Bill

New York Times, May 3, 2017
by Thomas Kaplan and Robert Pear

WASHINGTON — Two Republican lawmakers who had come out against the House bill to repeal the Af...

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More Salt In School Lunch, Less Nutrition Info On Menus: Trump Rolls Back Food Rules

NPR , May 2, 2017
by Alison Aubrey

The Trump administration has said it wants to remove burdensome regulation, and on Monday it served...

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Feud erupted between CDC, Puerto Rico over reporting of Zika cases, document shows

STAT, May 1, 2017
by Helen Branswell

US health officials have privately expressed deep concern that Puerto Rico is downplaying ...

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Death Rate For Opioid Addicts 10 Times Higher In General Healthcare Settings

Forbes, April 30, 2017
by David DiSalvo

We now know for certain that the outcome of treating addiction like a general health problem is...

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Spending Negotiations Hit Snag Over Medicaid Funding For Puerto Rico, Abortion Regulations

Kaiser Health News, April 28, 2017

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Intraparty Struggles On Display As GOP Leaders Concede Health Care Vote Won’t Come This Week

Kaiser Health news, April 28, 2017

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Value-Based Pricing For Pharmaceuticals In The Trump Administration

Health Affairs Blog, April 27, 2017
by Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna), Nicholas Bagley, and Darius Lakdawalla

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Everyone seems to agree: Drug prices are too damn high. Scandalous prices&nb...

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Doctors, Hospitals Say Latest Trumpcare Version A Bigger Disaster

Forbes, April 27, 2017
by Bruce Japsen

The latest version of the American Health Care Act, also known as Trumpcare, has providers of medica...

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Anthem Threatens to Leave Health Exchanges if Subsidies Are Halted

New York Times, April 26, 2017
by Reed Abelson

Even as Anthem, one of the nation’s largest insurers, reported an improved financial pict...

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Cherokee Nation Sues Wal-Mart, CVS, Walgreens Over Tribal Opioid Crisis

NPR, April 25, 2017
by Nate Hegyi

The Cherokee Nation is suing top drug distributors and pharmacies — including Wal-Ma...

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As a competitor encroached, Mylan took one state to court to push EpiPen sales, documents

STAT News, April 24, 2017
by Ike Swetlitz, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

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Three lawyers who reviewed the case at the request of STAT said they could...

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Eager For A Victory, Trump Hypes Renewed GOP Health Plan; Lawmakers Remain Skeptical

Kaiser Health News, April 21, 2017

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Science Needs Your Cells

New York Times, April 21, 2017
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director) and Steven Joffe

>Biospecimens are essential to medical progress, but just medical waste to patients. Let's promot... Read More

FDA Approval Of Hepatitis C Drugs For Kids Is Likely To Speed Treatment

NPR, April 19, 2017
by Michelle Andrews

With the approval this month of two drugs to treat hepatitis C in children, these often overlooked v...

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In Berkeley, Soda Tax Is Doing What It’s Supposed To Do

Forbes, April 18, 2017
by Bruce Y. Lee

[...] In just a couple of years since the San Francisco defeat, my, have times changed. Si...

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In Portugal, Drug Use Is Treated As A Medical Issue, Not A Crime

NPR, April 18, 2017
by Lauren Frayer

[...] By the 1990s, 1 percent of Portugal's population was hooked on heroin. It was one of the w...

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Release of New FDA Guidance Declines Sharply Following Trump’s Inauguration

Regulatory Affairs , April 11, 2017
by Zachary Brennan, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

[...] Rachel Sachs, an associate professor of law at Washington University in St. Louis, told Focus:...

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Panthers doctor: ‘Turf war’ keeping neurologists off NHL study group

TSN Canada, April 7, 2017
by Rick Westhead, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

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One Harvard University law professor says that the NHL should overhaul its medica...

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The Patients Were Saved. That’s Why the Families Are Suing.

New York Times, April 10, 2017
by Paula Span

[...] Physicians and hospitals have grown accustomed to the threat of lawsuits when they fail t...

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Philadelphia Flooded With New Risperdal Lawsuits; Trials Split But Include Massive Verdict

Forbes, April 10, 2017
by Nicholas Malfitano

Records from the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas reveal more than 3,000 new Risperdal...

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White House Floats Plan With Waivers For Pre-Existing Condition Rules To Woo Freedom Caucus

Kaiser Health News, April 4, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organization

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Iowa’s Wellmark Announces Departure From Health Law Marketplaces In 2018

Kaiser Health News, April 4, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organization

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Trump’s Effort To Lure Consumers To Exchanges Could Bring Skimpier Plans

Kaiser Health News, April 4, 2017
by Michelle Andrews

Will opening the door to cheaper, skimpier marketplace plans with higher deductibles and copays attr...

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With Obamacare Here to Stay, Some States Revive Medicaid Expansion

NPR, April 2, 2017
by Alison Kodjak

[...] In all, 31 states and the District of Columbia have expanded Medicaid after the Affordable Car...

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Health Subsidies for Low Earners Will Continue Through 2017, G.O.P. Says

New York Times, March 30, 2017
by Robert Pear and Reed Abelson

WASHINGTON — Senior House Republicans said Thursday that they expected the federal government...

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An FDA Commissioner for the 21st Century

NEJM, March 29, 2017
by Amitabh Chandra and Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

President Donald Trump has named Scott Gottlieb as his nominee to be the next commissioner of the Fo...

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In Pausing Human Research On Zika, Medical Ethicists Acknowledge A Dark Past

WBUR, March 21, 2017
by Paul C. McLean, quoting Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

From the article

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That’s why ethics review of human subject research matters. This NIH panel...

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Failing To Whip Up Support, House Leaders Pull Replacement Bill From Floor

Kaiser Health News, March 24, 2017

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Health Care Bill Debate Centered On Essential Health Benefits

NPR, March 24, 2017
by Audie Cornish, interviewing Noam Levey

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Noam Levey, who covers national health care policy for The L...

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Survey: Three Out Of Four Americans Want Planned Parenthood Funded

Forbes, March 24, 2017
by Janet Burns

[...] The poll also found that three-quarters of Americans support continuing current federal M...

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Many Insurance Companies Stay Quiet On Health Care Debate

NPR, March 24, 2017
by Kelly McEvers, interviewing Sabrina Corlette

With AHCA coming to the house floor for a highly anticipated vote, some of the biggest stake holders...

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As Rivals Stand Silent, One Health Insurer Protests G.O.P. Plan

New York Times, March 22, 2017
by Reed Abelson

[...] Insisting that he is not bluffing, Dr. Molina said that his company might also have to abandon...

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GOP Bill’s Unheralded Changes In Rules Could Undermine Health Of Neediest

Kaiser Health News, March 20, 2017
by Emily Bazar

An under-the-radar provision in the Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would req...

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Adding Work Requirements For Medicaid Helps Sway Some Reluctant Republicans

Kaiser Health News, March 20, 2017

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Governors: GOP Medicaid Plan Shifts Significant Cost To States, Provides Almost No New Flexibility

Kaiser Health News, March 20, 2017

KHN Morning Briefin
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State AGs Probe Asbestos Bankruptcy Trusts To Recover Medicare Payments

Forbes, March 20, 2017
by Daniel Fisher

The Attorney General of Utah has sued four of the largest asbestos bankruptcy trusts to try and forc...

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Congress May Undo Rule That Pushes Firms To Keep Good Safety Records

NPR, March 20, 2017
by Nell Greenfieldboyce

[...] If employers' logs are inaccurate, or fake, they can be fined. But in 2012, there was a bi...

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Rural Areas Brace for a Shortage of Doctors Due to Visa Policy

New York Times, March 18, 2017
by Miriam Jordan

In Coudersport, Pa., a town in a mountainous region an hour’s drive from the nearest Walmart,...

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GOP Health Plan Will Undergo ‘Necessary Improvements,’ Ryan Promises Wary Lawmakers

Kaiser Health News, March 16, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organization

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Trump Slashes Health Spending In Federal Budget Plan

Kaiser Health News, March 16, 2017

KHN Morning Briefing: Summaries of health policy coverage from major news organization

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Texas Lawmaker Proposes Crowdfunding to Tackle Backlog of Rape Kits

New York Times, March 15, 2017
by Christine Hauser

Thousands of rape investigations are bogged down in Texas because of untested evidence, bu...

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People With HIV Are Panicking Due To Tanzania’s Crackdown On Gays

NPR, March 15, 2017
by Amy Fallon

[...] Last August, the justice minister suspended HIV prevention programs, funded by the U.S.,...

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UPCOMING! Annual Health Law Conference: Between Complacency & Panic

Northeastern University School of Law, April 14, 2017
by Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director)

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Emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) such as Ebola and the Zika virus pose pot...

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Research Scholar Positions in Public Health Law & Policy
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

Deadline: March 31, 2017, 5 PM MST

Position Announcement

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The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University is...

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Cutting Planned Parenthood Would Increase Medicaid Births, C.B.O. Says

New York Times, March 14, 2017
by Kate Zernike

Cutting off federal funding for Planned Parenthood — a longstanding conservative goa...

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Key In GOP Health Care Overhaul

NPR, March 14, 2017
by Brian Naylor

[...] Under the Affordable Care Act, 31 states and the District of Columbia chose to accept expanded...

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edX Course: The Opioid Crisis in America
Harvard University

Deadline: Class begins March 27, 2017

About this cours

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Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin as well as powe...

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American Health Care Act

Congressional Budget Office (CBO), March 13, 2017

CBO and JCT estimate that enacting the American Health Care Act would reduce federal deficits by $33...

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In Marathon Sessions, GOP Health Plan Gets The Nod Of Two House Committees

Kaiser Health News, March 10, 2017

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Trump Employs ‘Salesman Tactics’ To Line Up Hill Support For Health Law Replacement

Kaiser Health News, March 10, 2017

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Trump, Dems Look For Common Ground On Drug Prices

Kaiser Health News, March 9, 2017
by Sarah Jane Tribble

For years, congressional Democrats have tried to pass legislation to allow Medicare to negotiate pre...

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GOP health-care bill would drop addiction treatment mandate covering 1.3 million Americans

Washington Post, March 9, 2017
by Katie Zezima and Christopher Ingraham

The Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would strip away what advocates say...

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Health Groups Denounce G.O.P. Bill as Its Backers Scramble

New York Times, March 8, 2017
by Abby Goodnough, Robert Pear, and Thomas Kaplan

WASHINGTON — Influential groups representing hospitals and nurses came out on Wednesday agains...

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House Republicans Unveil Plan to Replace Health Law

New York Times, March 6, 2017
by Robert Pear and Thomas Kaplan

WASHINGTON — House Republicans unveiled on Monday their long-awaited plan to repeal and replac...

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Maryland Goes a Step Further to Rein in Drug Price Spikes

Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society (RAPS), February 27, 2017
by Zachary Brennan, citing Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

[...] The bill has drawn criticism from industry groups and others who say such independent aud...

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Ethical Considerations for Zika Virus Human Challenge Trials

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at NIH and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), February 2017
by Seema K. Shah, Jonathan Kimmelman, Anne Drapkin Lyerly, Holly Fernandez Lynch (Executive Director), et al.

From the report

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Zika virus is an emerging infectious disease that was first identified in 1947, an...

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Lawmakers urge US Army not to issue exclusive license to Sanofi for a Zika vaccine

Stat, February 22, 2017
by Ed Silverman, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

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Express Scripts CEO addresses drug pricing ‘misinformation’

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 17, 2017
by Samantha Liss, quoting Rachel E. Sachs (Academic Fellow Alumna)

[...] Typically, after dispensing drugs to patients, a drug manufacturer will write Express Scripts...

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Using Social Media as a Research Recruitment Tool: Ethical Issues and Recommendations

The American Journal of Bioethics, Volume 17, 2017 - Issue 3
by Luke Gelinas, Robin Pierce, Sabune Winkler, I. Glenn Cohen, Holly Fernandez Lynch, and Barbara Bierer

>Part of the Petrie-Flom Center's ;collaboration with the Regulatory Foundations, E... Read More

What Experts in Law and Medicine Have to Say About the Cost of Drugs

The Health Care Blog, February 2, 2017
by Andy Oram, on PFC's 5th Annual Health Law Year in P/Review Conference

From the article

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Pharmaceutical drug costs impinge heavily on consumers’ consciousness, ofte...

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The Trump-era Supreme Court could erode abortion access with a ‘death by 1,000 cuts’

Business Insider, February 1, 2017
by Rebecca Harrington, quoting I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)

From the article

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Glenn Cohen, a health-law expert and professor at Harvard Law School, said two ki...

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