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Remembering the 49+

June 15, 2017
This past Monday represented the one-year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida. Forty-nine people died and 53 were injured in what was the worst mass shooting in modern US history. The victims’ only crime was that they were members or supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. They were singled out and murdered by a lone gunman motivated by homophobia and hatred. Unfortunately, reports of gun violence and mass shootings are becoming increasingly routinized in the United States. Although correlation is not causation, it is easy to see the links between this increase in violence and the current political climate.
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Should We Cure Genetic Diseases?

June 7, 2017
In "Trying to Embrace a 'Cure'," (New York Times, June 4, 2017), Sheila Black notes that in the near future there may be a treatment that could amount to a cure for the genetic illness she and two of her children have -- X-linked hypophosphatemia or XLH. But Ms. Black is ambivalent about the prospect. Although she acknowledges the potential benefits both to individuals and to society, the issue is, for her, complex.
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Silence = Death

May 18, 2017
On Monday, Trump announced a new policy called Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance. That policy expands the scope of the Global Gag Rule. Also known as the Mexico City Policy, the restrictions of the Global Gag Rule now apply to nearly $9 billion in global health funding provided annually by federal agencies like the State Department and the Department of Defense, in addition to the $600 million in family planning support that is provided by USAID. By denying funds to family planning clinics that provide information or referrals for abortions, the Global Gag Rule already leaves millions of poor women without access to reproductive health and family planning services. Trump’s Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy will make that already tragic situation worse.
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