The fundamental concern that I have is that we’re criminalizing a medical problem that these women suffer from, and that we don’t do that to any other segment of our society. I understand the concern about the unborn fetus, but the very best way to manage that situation and the very best outcome for the unborn fetus is to treat the mom and the baby as a unit, and to get the best care for the mom. That means she has to be comfortable and free to seek care without concern that she will be placed in jail.
Dr. Barbara Levy, of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists explains her concerns with the personhood movement and criminalizing pregnant women who suffer from drug addiction
You can learn more about the personhood movement and hear 3 different points of view on the issue on our page here.
I am now a director of the free clinic. It’s a volunteer position. I love my patients, and I love being able to help many who need primary care: blood pressure control, pap smears, diabetes management. We even do some specialty care. But the free clinic is also where some people learn that there is no hope for the chemotherapy or surgery that they need but can’t afford. When UTMB refuses to treat them, it falls to us to tell them that they will die of diseases that are, in fact, treatable.
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I think that one really big thing about the millennial generation is that we are going to have so many different careers over a lifetime. And that fluidity also translates into what our work structure looks like.How the Sharing Economy is Changing the Places We Work (via npr)