Category: Wendy Mariner

When an insurer says no to surgery

April 17th, 2015 in 2015, Boston Globe, Newsmakers, School of Law, Wendy Mariner 0 comments

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Wendy Mariner, School of Law

Phuli Cohan consulted half a dozen doctors. She agonized. She cried. And finally, she decided that a double mastectomy — removing her cancerous breast and her healthy one — was the best way to rid herself of breast cancer and prevent a recurrence…

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“There are so many procedures and new technologies that are being recommended that it’s difficult to decide what’s appropriate for which patient. Despite the money insurers make, we can be somewhat sympathetic to the difficulties they have in determining what’s appropriate for individual patients, especially now that everything has to be covered.”

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Can the Arizona Legislature Legally Make Doctors Lie About Abortion?

April 3rd, 2015 in 2015, Newsmakers, School of Law, Wendy Mariner 0 comments

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Wendy Mariner, School of Law

A new law requiring doctors to tell women that medication-induced abortions can be reversed — a premise most of the health care community refutes — could be in violation of the First Amendment, experts say…

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“This is politics parading as protection of patient rights, which is highly troubling from a constitutional perspective. It is essentially forcing physicians to become a mouthpiece for a political position.”

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The other Ebola fear: Your civil liberties

November 5th, 2014 in 2014, Ebola, Newsmakers, School of Law, School of Public Health, Wendy Mariner 0 comments

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Wendy Mariner, School of Law, School of Public Health

The power to quarantine is as “American as apple pie.”…

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“In the 1920s, there was sometimes isolation for somebody with sexually transmitted infections before there were antibiotics to treat them. But again, it was targeted largely at poor sex workers and some immigrants.”

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Is a quarantine legal?

October 31st, 2014 in 2014, Ebola, MSNBC, Newsmakers, School of Law, School of Public Health, Wendy Mariner 0 comments

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Why There’s So Much Controversy Surrounding Ebola Quarantine Orders

October 27th, 2014 in 2014, ABCNews.com, Newsmakers, School of Law, School of Public Health, Wendy Mariner 0 comments

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At least six states have issued tougher rules for travelers returning from Ebola-affected regions, some with mandatory quarantines going above and beyond federal guidelines…

Expert quote:

“If you single out anyone who works with Ebola then you probably have to quarantine U.S. health care workers and U.S. hospital workers treating Ebola patients.”

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Are Quarantines Really Legal?

October 10th, 2014 in 2014, Newsmakers, School of Law, School of Public Health, Wendy Mariner 0 comments

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Wendy Mariner, School of Law, School of Public Health

Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, died from the virus on Wednesday

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Ebola screening measures rest on federal law

October 10th, 2014 in 2014, Associated Press, Newsmakers, School of Law, School of Public Health, Wendy Mariner 0 comments

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The Obama administration’s plans to screen certain airline passengers for exposure to Ebola are based on the Constitution and long-established legal authority that would almost certainly stand up in court if challenged, public health experts say…

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“When we’re thinking of these issues, we use them as a prevention measure of last resort. And that’s because they would only be useful in a situation where there is a very dreadful disease that is very easily transmitted and for which we have no vaccine or treatment.”

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Authority for Ebola quarantine ‘is as American as apple pie

October 7th, 2014 in 2014, ABA Journal, Newsmakers, School of Law, School of Public Health, Wendy Mariner 0 comments

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State law in Texas gives health officials “truly staggering” powers to quarantine people who could spread Ebola or other dangerous, contagious diseases, according to an expert with the University of Houston Law Center. And Texas is not alone…

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“Isolation is a useful tool in extreme circumstances, but it has an unhappy history of being applied rather selectively.”

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Here’s How An Ebola Quarantine Works In The U.S.

October 3rd, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, Ebola, Newsmakers, NPR, School of Law, Wendy Mariner 0 comments

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Thomas Duncan, the first person diagnosed with the Ebola virus in the United States, is in isolation in a Dallas hospital, and the family he stayed with is now in quarantine in an apartment complex north of downtown Dallas…

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Guest Blogger Professor Wendy Mariner: Hobby Lobby – Part 1: Five Supreme Court Justices Write Corporate Fiction

July 3rd, 2014 in 2014, Blogs, Newsmakers, OP-EDs by BU Professors, School of Law, School of Public Health, Wendy Mariner 0 comments

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By Wendy Mariner, School of Law, School of Public Health

As everyone now knows, the U.S. Supreme Court decided for the first time on June 30, 2014, that for-profit corporations can claim a religious exemption from federal laws that conflict with the personal religious beliefs of people who own the corporation. The majority opinion, by Justice Alito (joined by Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Kennedy), says “Congress provided protection for people like the Hahns and Greens by employing a familiar legal fiction: It included corporations within RFRA’s definition of “persons.”…

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