Posts tagged "health care"
40 Years of The Exorcist

40 Years of The Exorcist

2013 marks not just 40 years of Roe v. Wade but 40 years of The Exorcist, the classic horror movie about piety and possession in a little girl's upstairs bedroom.

Service Announcement for Journos

A friendly reminder to all of us at the start of this new election cycle:  "Pro-life" means much, much more than just anti-abortion. It's an entire set of beliefs leveled at legislating bodily autonomy.  For women, yes and most controversially, but also for the sick, the poor, the disabled, the terminal, gays, parents; in short,...

Editor on the Radio

Don't miss my interview on WBAI's "Healthstyles," with Barbara Glickstein.  Tonight at 11 pm on 99.5 FM. I'll be discussing Catholic hospitals and end of life care, issues discussed in my last article for The Nation, found here. It's a two part series so check out the second segment on August 25th, same time and...

Religion and the Definition of Death

From The Lancet:
An intense debate has been rekindled in orthodox Jewish circles on whether brain-stem death is compatible with the definition of death by the Halacha—the collective body of Jewish law. Last week, the UK's Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks caused widespread consternation among physicians when he issued an edict stating that he and his...

Passing 9/11 Health Bill Would Mean Disrespecting Christmas

Elissa Lerner: Last Thursday, after Senate republicans filibustered their way out of passing the Zadroga Bill, also known as the 9/11 health care bill which would provide $7.4 billion in health aid to ailing first responders, few took notice. However, on the Daily Show last night, Jon Stewart took the issue quite seriously....

Pitts Gets Another Crack at Health Care

The anti-abortion site Lifenews is reporting that Rep. Joe Pitts of Pennsylvania will chair the health subcommittee of the House and Energy Committee, where challenges to the Obama administration's health care bill are expected to originate.  Last November, Pitts made a national name for himself as the co-sponsor of the Stupak-Pitts amendment that...

Bad Medicine

“Is Religion Good Medicine?” asks the cover line on the latest Newsweek. It’s certainly good cover fodder, as is health. One wonders whether Newsweek felt the dynamic duo of popular subjects were such a sure winner that no further questioning was required. Claudia Kalb’s report dutifully touches the bases — on the one hand, there’s not much scientific evidence;...