The Zika virus, in addition to being a widespread medical crisis, has effectively drawn attention to elected leaders’ neglect of women’s reproductive rights in many of the affected countries.
As the nation’s official agency charged with protecting public health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s mission is to conduct “critical science” and provide “health information that protects our nation against expensive and dangerous health threats.” Except, apparently, when it comes to gun violence.
Buried deep in the 391-page Every Student Succeeds Act (S. 1177) is a section that references an existing requirement in the Public Health Service Act that “school-based health centers,” which receive public funds, may not provide abortions.
Newly elected Gov. Bruce Rauner has introduced a series of cuts to vital services for our region’s most vulnerable, including the elderly, homeless people, women, children, and individuals with disabilities.
The tragic shooting death of an unarmed Missouri teenager by a police officer is a wake-up call for advocates that police brutality is a reproductive justice issue.
Why are researchers only just beginning to recognize the connection between the decriminalization of sex work and HIV? And why is the trend toward criminalizing populations involved in the sex trades increasing in the United States—moving in the opposite direction from other countries?
The policy changes include a new payment plan option, expanded financial assistance, and measures to inform residents when their water may be turned off.
This November, Michigan residents will decide whether to cast their vote for Republican incumbent Rick Snyder or long-time Democratic politician Mark Schauer in the gubernatorial election. The candidates have already begun to spar over the economy, education, and public health in the state, which will all be central issues leading up to the November election.
Although Mayor Mike Duggan promises to have a “new plan shortly” to address the city water department’s highly criticized effort to collect delinquent bill payments, activists who have been protesting the shutoffs remain unconvinced that the change in leadership will have any tangible results.
The withdrawal of public services in Detroit is typically framed as an unavoidable response to the city’s declining tax base. Alternatively, we frame these violations as an active assault against communities of color and low-income families in the interest of white-controlled financial institutions.