Over 42,000 people died from opioid overdoses in 2016, and–while official numbers for 2017 have yet to be declared–the Center for Disease Control insists that they don’t imagine the drug’s fatalities declining any time soon.
Just because there is no solution in sight, doesn’t mean efforts haven’t been admirable. In the past two decades, multiple pieces of legislation have passed to battle the brutal disease.
This weekend, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took home the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Drama. I’m not the biggest fan of award shows, but this particular win struck a chord with me both as a survivor of sexual violence and as an activist.
Three Billboards tells the story of Mildred Hayes’ (Frances McDormand) public callout of her local police department with three billboards that read “Raped while dying. And still no arrests? How come, Chief Willoughby?” on a backroad in Ebbing, seven months after her daughter, Angela, was murdered.
Doug Jones’ victory in Alabama signals, without question, that Americans want health care progress, and they are willing to use their votes to elect candidates who share these values. As the people of Alabama elected the first Democrat to the Senate in nearly three decades, last night offered a harsh rebuke of the 'repeal and replace' political rhetoric iterated repeatedly by the right for the last 7 years. Jones ran a campaign rooted in support of policies that have a proven record of expanding access to health care, including the Affordable Care Act, DACA and guaranteed reproductive rights.
It happens every time news breaks of a mass shooting. While large majorities of the public call for sensible new restrictions on guns, the organized gun lobby may offer their “thoughts and prayers,” but insist there is no legislation that possibly could have made a difference in preventing--or even limiting the scale of--the most recent carnage. Conservative commentators derail talks of common-sense gun laws with calls for the public to refrain from “politicizing a tragedy,” when in reality, these tragedies cry out for public policy responses.
How do you create an impromptu campaign against sexual violence? Just ask Alyssa Milano.
“If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too.’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem,” read a photo tweeted by the actress last Sunday. The hashtag drew responses from stars like Viola Davis and Lily Allen, and after just two days, #MeToo generated 13 million Facebook and Twitter posts.
The debut season of Hulu’s Emmy-nominated series The Handmaid’s Tale caught the attention of lovers of dark suspense thrillers and poignant social commentary last year. Some say the series seems all too relevant considering the current political climate, given the attacks on reproductive freedom and protections for marginalized communities that have brought fringe political groups into the mainstream.
As a middle schooler, when you pictured your upcoming years of high school, did you ever imagine suing your administration for discriminating against you and your friends?
The West Bend High School Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) existed for years, but was unrecognized by their school. They had an advisor and regular meetings, but official recognition from administration would allow them to advertise their events around campus, have a photo in the yearbook, and request funding if they ever needed it (they didn’t, they just wanted to hang posters).
Believe it or not, some dermatologists don’t like to refer to hormonal contraceptives as “birth control.” Take Katharine O’Connell White, MD, MPH, an Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boston University School of Medicine and the director of the Family Planning Fellowship at Boston Medical Center, who explains that preventing pregnancy is just one of the countless ways reproductive health specialists use birth control to help their patients.
Trump Administration Threatens Reproductive Health, Personal Choice and Economic Security Through Birth Control Coverage Mandate Rollback
Just recently, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) signed off on legislation safeguarding access to contraceptive care for Massachusetts residents. While most of the protections codified under this legislation are enshrined in the Affordable Care Act, recent executive actions by the Trump administration have significantly undermined these guarantees, placing the onus on states to protect their constituents’ rights to access contraceptive services.
Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue like the endometrium—typically found in uterine lining—develops outside the uterus. The most common symptom is extreme pain during or around a person’s time of menstruation, and for some, “this pain may be disabling and may happen during or after sex, or during bowel movements or urination.”
In some cases, patients experience constant pelvic or lower back pain as a result of the tissue growth.
Let’s be real: going through puberty is hard. Your body goes through tons of physical changes, plus your hormones are raging, which only makes things worse. You’ve got irregular periods, way more hair than you ever thought possible, probably some weight gain, and horrible acne. Sometimes this is just a phase that teens and pre-teens ride out while leaning on good friends, Advil, and a strong heating pad.
Presidential candidate Rand Paul pointedly opened a University of New Hampshire forum Monday by suggesting that former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s opposition to the decriminalization of marijuana is hypocritical.
Speaking to about 100 people at a Students for Rand rally, the US senator from Kentucky said he “didn’t necessarily” have a problem with Bush’s admission that he used marijuana as a young man.
But he added, “What I do have a problem with is that he’s still for laws to put people in jail for that, and I think the hypocrisy is that in general wealthy kids don’t go to jail for marijuana. Poor kids do.”
Renewing a call for “sensible gun safety measures,” Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton chastised congressional Republicans Thursday for blocking a vote on a plan that she said would ban those on the federal government’s No Fly List from buying guns.
“On this issue, where people who are too dangerous to fly in America can still buy guns in America, there should be no debate,” said Clinton, speaking to more than 400 at a town hall meeting here. “We’re not violating anybody’s rights.”
Over the last year, Republican leaders pushed several attempts at partisan repeal of the Affordable Care Act and repeatedly attacked the Medicaid program. Thanks to all of you, we banded together to stop multiple repeal bills and, more recently, celebrated voter-passed Medicaid expansion in Maine. We were able to save coverage for millions and extend access to care. However, in addition to new challenges to come as a result of the GOP’s tax bill, we must be prepared to defend our progress against further threats in 2018.
Less than nine weeks from the “first in the nation” New Hampshire Primary in the 2016 presidential race, plenty of candidates and their supporters are exercising their First Amendment rights to speak out.
Free speech and a free press are two core values in the country’s Bill of Rights. And yet when journalists use their rights as citizens to speak out for or send contributions to candidates, ethical lines blur between their responsibilities to their professional and their desire to be engaged citizens.