Without a hint of irony, anti-choice advocates wield religion as a means of oppression

Not content merely LARPing as the Republic of Gilead, the fictional setting of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Texas is well on its way toward becoming a dystopian nightmare. As of September 1st, the state has effectively banned abortion.

Technically, the law prohibits abortions once “cardiac activity” can be detected…

Or is it?

On December 9th, 2013, Jahi McMath, a thirteen-year-old Black female, underwent one of the most common pediatric surgeries: a tonsillectomy. Only this tonsillectomy was more complicated than most. In addition to her tonsils, Jahi’s surgeon removed the adenoids, uvula and soft palate, and other nearby tissues. …

How much risk is too much?

Healthcare workers are dying. As of December 31st, 2020, more than 300,000 American healthcare workers (HCWs) have been infected with the coronavirus. Tragically, at least 1,100 have died.

The circumstances facing HCWs are dire: Covid positive nurses are being forced to work. Hospitals are still scrambling for protective gear. Hiccups…

The decision to report an assault to law enforcement hinges on whether a survivor thinks she’ll be believed

Recently, Denver’s popular street art festival, CRUSH, has come under fire for downplaying its role in the gentrification of a historically all-Black neighborhood and the cannibalizing of local artists.

Oh, and because it’s founder and gatekeeper to the city’s street art scene, Robin Munro, has been accused of sexual assault

Intimate partner violence and the limits of patient confidentiality

I n medicine, second-guessing is second nature.

Should I have ordered that test? Was that the best choice of antibiotic? Maybe I shouldn’t have sent that patient to the emergency department?

On the one hand, self-doubt is essential to being a competent, thorough clinician. Recognizing our limitations spares patients from…

Government overreach isn’t a problem when their guy is in the White House

The Three Percenters, an anti-government militia, claims to be “America’s insurance policy,” a group of like-minded patriots who vow to “combat all those who are corrupt.” Despite being labeled as such by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Anti-Defamation League, and other advocacy groups, they insist they are “NOT anti-government.”…

The coronavirus response is rapidly unraveling, taking healthcare workers with it

Whenever someone asks me why I do what I do, I usually give the classic, selfless healthcare worker answer: to help people.

There are more practical reasons for choosing a career in medicine, of course: job security, competitive pay, practically limitless variety. But the ability and desire to care for…

Vincent LaBarca

Nurse practitioner and dude on a motorcycle — vincewritesok.com

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