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Anti Abortion Protest

Anti-Abortion Rhetoric Mislabeled “Pro-Life”

by Richard Cherwitz | May 24, 2019 | Health, Politics

Scholars of communication for decades have studied how rhetoric matters—how language choices are strategic and can substantially affect the outcome of debates and policy on important public issues. Recent intense and emotionally-charged abortion arguments in several states offer powerful illustrations of the way language makes a difference. From a rhetorical perspective, the recent Alabama law […]

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Mental Health

The Brave New World of Mental Health

by Amy Minsky | Mar 8, 2019 | AI, Health

The patient sits in a worn, upholstered armchair. She’s been having a tough go lately—doubting herself at work, wondering whether her friends truly like her, spending increasing amounts of time in bed, taking fewer showers, and eating less. The thoughts and feelings are familiar to her: she was diagnosed with a mental illness in her […]

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Planned Parenthood

Team Trump’s Audacious “Complicity” Claim for Nullifying Abortion Rights

by Dorothy Samuels | Jan 4, 2018 | Health, Politics

The first anniversary of Donald Trump’s presidency will occasion lots of commentary on his administration’s jarring record—from the narcissist-in-chief’s tweets and glaring disregard for truth to the performance of federal departments and agencies under his crude and corrosive leadership. My aim here is to highlight one egregious sliver of that record that stands out for […]

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Opioid Crisis

Opioid Concerns Supplant Hopes for Broader Reform

by Heather Ann Thompson | Dec 26, 2017 | Health, Politics

There was a rare moment toward the end of the Obama administration when a bipartisan consensus formed. The issue? The dire need for criminal justice reform in this country. After a generation of harsh policies—more prisons, longer sentences, punitive drug laws—influential Republicans and Democrats alike had begun to concede that the system was a massive, […]

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