• IVF court ruling further upends women’s health care in Alabama
    Health Care

    IVF court ruling further upends women’s health care in Alabama

    AUBURN, Ala. — She removed the tiny vials from her refrigerator and began filling syringes laid out on her dining room table, determined to continue injections that could make her a mother. “I am going to keep fighting,” said Gabrielle “Gabby” Goidel, wincing as her husband gave her the first shot of an in vitro fertilization cycle precisely timed so a doctor could extract eggs, fertilize them and implant embryos before month’s end. Just a few days earlier, Alabama’s Supreme Court had ruled that frozen embryos are children and that people can be held liable for destroying them. The outcome had thrown countless women’s hopes and plans into doubt. Already,…

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  • EPA’s ‘Sham’ PFAS Claim Shouldn’t Derail Legal Case, Court Told
    environmental Health

    EPA’s ‘Sham’ PFAS Claim Shouldn’t Derail Legal Case, Court Told

    The EPA can’t avoid judicial oversight by claiming it granted North Carolinians’ petition to require Chemours to test PFAS when its actions show it denied the request “in all but name,” a coalition of six groups told a federal court Monday. Six environmental and community groups objected on Monday to a motion the Environmental Protection Agency filed on June 23 asking the US District Court Eastern District of North Carolina to dismiss the coalition’s lawsuit that seeks to compel the Chemours Co. to test the health and environmental effects of 54 per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. The coalition originally petitioned the EPA in 2020 to order Chemours to test…

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  • AAMC Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization
    Medicine

    AAMC Statement on Supreme Court Decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization

    AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO David J. Skorton, MD, issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization: “We are deeply concerned about the impact of the Supreme Court decision in Dobbs v. Jackson on patients nationwide. The court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, rescinding the protection of the right to safe and effective abortions for nearly five decades, will leave women’s reproductive health under the purview of various state laws. Laws and policies that restrict or otherwise interfere with the patient-physician relationship put a patient at risk by limiting access to quality, evidence-based care.…

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  • Health care workers who sued state over vaccine mandate reveal names in court
    Health Care

    Health care workers who sued state over vaccine mandate reveal names in court

    Seven of the nine health care workers who sued Gov. Janet Mills and others over the state’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health workers revealed their names in federal court on Monday. The health care workers originally filed their lawsuit anonymously, citing fears for their safety. The lawsuit prompted several Maine newspapers to intervene in an effort to force the plaintiffs to be identified. The Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal, Morning Sentinel and Sun Journal filed a motion in November 2021 challenging the group’s right to file the complaint anonymously. The newspapers argued that the plaintiffs “alleged fear of harm no longer outweighs the public’s interest in open legal proceedings,” according…

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