Lindsay Beyerstein is an investigative journalist in Brooklyn, New York. She is a staff writer for In These Times and the lead writer at the Sidney Hillman Foundation. Her reporting has appeared in the New Republic, the Columbia Journalism Review, Newsweek, Slate, and other publications.
“I pushed for changes to the permit process to preserve fairness, improve efficiency, and to protect women’s access to comprehensive reproductive health care,” said Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts in a statement to Rewire Tuesday.
The law is clear: If Castro terminated McKnight’s pregnancies against her will, he’s guilty of aggravated murder under Ohio law. The question is whether the state can prove that he’s guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
The Sidney Hillman Foundation, a New York nonprofit honoring excellence in journalism, announced today that Bob Ortega of the Arizona Republic has won the February Sidney Award for sounding the alarm about a faulty test for HPV.
Last week the fate of the entire federal government revolved around birth control. Yes, birth control. Analysis of the ongoing war against women being waged in Congress and in state legislatures nationwide.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposed "deficit reduction" bill allows the Department of Health Services to abolish a family planning program that saves nearly $100 million per year in state and federal funding.
As the House prepares to vote on the “Repeal the Puppy-Strangling Job-Vivisecting O-Commie-Care Act,” or whatever they’re calling it, the White House actually seems to have its act together on offense.
Rand Paul, the Republican senate candidate in Kentucky, is a freewheeling libertarian. Instead of getting some fancy board-certification as an ophthalmologist, Paul decided to “go Galt” and make up his own credentials.
This week’s health care news was full of mind-bending paradoxes: Prostate health is girly, abstinence-only education works through failure, “principled” libertarian Rand Paul would protect all-white lunch counters but ban private abortion clinics, and more
Yesterday, Nebraska’s Republican governor signed a sweeping new law that criminalizes almost all abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation and another bill which forces women to undergo extensive mental health assessment prior to obtaining an abortion before 20 weeks.
A massive explosion ripped through the Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia on Monday, killing 25 miners and leaving 6 others missing and presumed dead. The mine had an egregious record of health and safety violations.
Last night, the House of Representatives passed comprehensive health care reform. Here's a rundown of some of the more inflammatory issues, what's in the bill, what's not, what some will continue to fight for even after the bill is signed into law.
Today, President Obama will hold a televised health care summit on his recently released plan for health reform, a last-ditch attempt to get Republicans to offer ideas for reform. In fact, he's hoping to give the GOP enough rope to hang itself.
The Senate is scheduled to begin voting on proposed amendments to the health care reform bill today. It takes 60 votes to pass an amendment and most of the proposed measures for the health care bill will never pass. It’s a great opportunity to grandstand over pet issues, however.
A clique of anti-choice Democrats in Congress joined forces with Republicans to pass an amendment forcing women to choose between affordable health insurance and abortion coverage, even if they pay for abortion coverage with their own money. Pro-choice Democrats and women’s health activists are up in arms over the eleventh hour deal
As health care reform moves into the closed-door, intra-party negotiation phase, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is emerging as a champion of a public option, though she has wavered about how tough that plan should be on payouts to providers.
Yesterday, the Senate Finance Committee finally passed its health care bill. The bill passed by a vote of 14-9. All the Democrats, plus Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) voted in favor. As we know, it doesn’t include a public option.
To most Americans, single-payer health care seems like political science fiction, but most don’t realize we already have single-payer options: Medicare (for the aged) and Medicaid (for the poor). Jennifer Nix knows first hand about single payer....
The Senate Finance Committee is slogging through literally hundreds of proposed amendments to the Baucus health care reform bill. The bill still doesn’t have a public option, but there’s a good chance that insurance subsidies will be revised upwards
While the Senate Finance Committee tinkers with the Baucus Bill, First Lady Michelle Obama is taking center stage in the health care reform debate. But Mrs. Obama is expected to steer clear of policy issues.
Opponents of health reform are stating that millions of Americans will lose their employer-based coverage under a public option. What they don't tell you is that employers can stop offering coverage at any time with no fallback.
The President's speech was impressive, but as John Nichols of the Nation observed, hardly a rousing "to-the-barricades" oration. The proposed "limited public exchange" is not what supporters had in mind but won't "threaten" insurance companies.
More news from the health care reform debate: from the fraudulent groups supporting the town-hall brawls to the fraud behind 'crisis pregnancy centers', Lindsay Beyerstein brings it all together, in one place!
Sen. Edward Kennedy succumbed this week to brain cancer at the age of 77. During his 46-year career in the Senate, Kennedy's name appeared on virtually every major piece of progressive legislation from civil rights to economic justice.
Healthcare dominated domestic politics last week. The president wants a bill passed before the August deadline that keeps healthcare costs in check. A new CBO study said the Dem's healthcare bills won't cut spending.
The man who shot a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in D.C. was labeled by the FBI as a domestic terrorist, yet Scott Roeder, who assassinated Dr. George Tiller and who has been associated with a range of anti-choice groups that engage in violent rhetoric and clinic blockades has not. Should he be charged as a domestic terrorist? Many in the pro-choice community think the ultimate costs of doing so may outweigh the benefits.
The House this week unveiled its eagerly-awaited health care bill, which would create an insurance exchange where the self-employed and small employers could order off a "menu" featuring a public plan and various private options.
During a strategy call with key congressional leaders last week, President Obama reportedly complained that liberal advocacy groups are attacking Democrats instead of trying to pass whatever healthcare bill the Senate happens to cough up.
This week, the AMA warned Obama that a public plan could restrict patient choice. But for millions of Americans, getting a choice between healthcare and no healthcare would represent a 100% increase in their healthcare options.
The feds will probably stop short of investigating Tiller's murder as a terrorist attack. That designation would unleash vast federal powers to investigate large swathes of the radical anti-choice movement.
Prospects for passing a healthcare bill this year have brightened noticeably, thanks to a Senate seat pickup in Minnesota, support for the budget reconciliation strategy, and overtures towards bipartisanship from key Republicans.
Now that Obama has chosen his top healthcare advisers, the administration is beginning to chart a course for healthcare reform. Not surprisingly, there is vigorous debate about what our a new healthcare system would look like, and how to pay for it.
Now that Obama has reversed Bush's executive order, scientists will be allowed to study stem cells from any lineage, including newly created lines, without jeopardizing their federal funding. But where will these new lines of stem cells come from?
Obama's pick for health czar, Nancy-Ann DeParle, will be responsible for shepherding healthcare reform legislation through Congress and HHS Secretary, nominee Kathleen Sebelius, would be responsible for implementing the plan.
Republicans are scared that a new public health insurance system would be so good that no citizen would buy expensive private insurance - or vote for politicians who want to take public insurance away.
Rick Warren is positioning himself as the powerbroker who can muster support from the religious right for AIDS initiatives, and Obama will need bipartisan allies. The question is what concessions Warren will ask in return.
Each week, Lindsay Beyerstein brings us the best of progressive reporting on health care. This week, Lindsay examines Obama's progressive, pro-choice cabinet picks, health care reform, a fun fact for your Thanksgiving meal and more!
An exciting week in health care news: the Bush administration is racing to take away as many reproductive rights as it can before leaving office. Meanwhile, Democrats in Congress are taking the lead on healthcare reform.
The Obama victory is a mandate for science and rationality across the board, especially in health care policy. Though the economic crisis has become an excuse to ignore health care, nothing could be more shortsighted.
Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin styles herself as a fierce protector of children and families, but her record on health insurance for children and pregnant women raises doubts about her priorities.
Maternity group homes are not just a thing of the past. Many provide badly needed assistance to a vulnerable population. However, there is also reason to fear that some young women are being subjected to a variety of coercions under the guise of "choice."