Author: Yarrowfield

Only Fetuses Have Rights in 2018 in Iowa

Iowa is the latest state to enact an anti-abortion law, and it is a notably draconian one. Since the passage of Roe v. Wade in 1973, states have passed 1,193 abortion restrictions to this federal law in an intensive effort to gut it.1 Since January 2018, Indiana, Kentucky, and Mississippi—emboldened by President Trump’s support for … Continue reading Only Fetuses Have Rights in 2018 in Iowa

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Normalization of School Gun Violence Epidemic. Not Okay for Public Health.

Federal law has required seat belts in US autos since 1968, due to research findings revealing that seat belt use decreases auto accident fatality rates.1 Likewise, research studies have shown a link over decades between the rate of US gun ownership and gun violence death rates.2 An article in the New York Times on February 15, … Continue reading Normalization of School Gun Violence Epidemic. Not Okay for Public Health.

New Census Question in 2020 – Bad for Healthcare Planning

Ever since 1790, a decennial US census has been conducted to acquire data on the size of the population.1 Federal funds granted to states for public health, social programs, and K-12 public education are determined utilizing US census data. Likewise, healthcare and other academic researchers use census data to determine links between public health trends … Continue reading New Census Question in 2020 – Bad for Healthcare Planning

DACA, Trump Immigration Policies, and Future Public Health Impact

You probably already know that 800,000 young people enrolled in DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) are at risk of deportation as of March 1, 2018. In brief review, this program enabled certain individuals brought to the U.S. as children to study or work in the U.S.—and to be protected from deportation for two years … Continue reading DACA, Trump Immigration Policies, and Future Public Health Impact