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RH Reality Check: How Virginia’s ‘Conscience Clause’ for Genetic Counselors Could Set a National Precedent

By Erin Matson

In August 2011, Liz Read-Katz was living in Texas, nearly 20 weeks pregnant, and was, in the words of the testimony she supplied to Planned Parenthood Advocates in Missouri, "ecstatic but scared as most soon-to-be parents are." Then her doctor told her that her blood work revealed she had a one-in-ten chance of having a child with trisomy 18. Also known as Edwards syndrome, trisomy 18 is a chromosomal condition that, according to the National Institutes of Health, causes "many individuals ... [to] die before birth or within the first month." This began the cascade of events that led Read-Katz to consult with a genetic counselor for additional information to support her during her very much wanted pregnancy.

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The Guardian: States Look to Naloxone to Cure America's Overdoes Epidemic

The case for expanding access to the anti-overdose drug is gaining steam around the country. Here's how it works, where it's available and what comes next

By Nadja Popovich and Ruth Spencer

The death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman from a heroin overdose in February cast a spotlight on America's steadily rising overdose rate. Since then, there's been a lot of reporting on how state governments are trying to address the problem. One popular move: making naloxone, a drug that can reverse opioid overdose, more widely available to the public.

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RH Reality Check: Reproductive Justice Advocates--Don’t Roll Back Sterilization Consent Rules

By Deborah Reid

Women of color created and defined the concept of reproductive justice, which is firmly rooted in a human rights framework that supports the ability of all women to make and direct their own reproductive decisions. These decisions could include obtaining contraception, abortion, sterilization, and/or maternity care. Accompanying that right is the obligation of the government and larger society to create laws, policies, and systems conducive to supporting those decisions.

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Public Health Newswire: Supreme Court to Hear Reproductive Rights Arguments Tuesday

By Dan

On Tuesday, March 25, the U.S. Supreme Court will review two cases on coverage of reproductive health care services under the Affordable Care Act. The plaintiffs in Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc., and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius, seek to deny its employees contraceptive health coverage otherwise entitled by federal law, based on religious beliefs.

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Consumer Reports: Tell These 10 States--Don't Let Medicaid Take My House After I Die

Federal government doesn't like the idea but can't stop it

By Nancy Metcalf

Thanks to the new health care law, millions more people now qualify for free health care under an expansion of the Medicaid program. Unfortunately, some of those people may end up having their homes seized by their state goverment after they die. Specifically, that risk applies to new Medicaid recipients 55 and older who live in 10 states: California, Colorado, Iowa, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, and Rhode Island.

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