Selena Simmons-Duffin

Selena Simmons-Duffin appears in the following:

Doctors who want to defy abortion laws say it's too risky

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

In states with abortion bans, doctors may hesitate to provide abortion care in a medical emergency. Some ethicists argue doctors should practice civil disobedience and put patients' lives first.


Doctors who would like to defy abortion laws say it's too risky

Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Doctors in states with abortion bans can face prison time and lose their licenses if they violate the laws. Some are calling on doctors to openly defy the bans.


Her miscarriage left her bleeding profusely. An Ohio ER sent her home to wait

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

State law at the time prohibited abortion after around 6 weeks. Legal experts say this kind of law leaves doctors uncertain of what's legal and can put patients in dangerous situations.


At 18 weeks pregnant, she faced an immense decision with just days to make it

Thursday, October 27, 2022

About halfway into her pregnancy, Karla found out her fetus had a severe genetic anomaly. As she grappled with an uncertain prognosis, she was up against North Carolina's 20-week abortion limit.


66 clinics stopped providing abortions in the 100 days since Roe fell

Thursday, October 06, 2022

A new report assessed the impact of laws in the 15 states that have banned or heavily restricted abortion since June 24.


Poverty and uninsured rates drop, thanks to pandemic-era policies

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Child poverty is at a historic low, according to Census bureau data, and the rate of those without health insurance dropped in 2021. But the good news may be short-lived, as policy measures expire.


Share the ways abortion laws have affected you, big and small

Friday, September 02, 2022

NPR is asking for your submissions to capture the variety of ways the new abortion laws across the country are having an impact on people's lives.


Life expectancy drops in the U.S. for the second year in a row

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Life expectancy in the United States dropped for the second year in a row, according to new provisional data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Life expectancy in the U.S. continues to drop, driven by COVID-19

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Americans' life expectancy dropped for the second year in a row and is the biggest drop since the 1920s. COVID-19 is driving the downward trend, according to CDC data.


After more than 50 years at the NIH, Dr. Fauci says he's retiring in December

Monday, August 22, 2022

Dr. Fauci has been at the National Institutes of Health for over 50 years. On Monday, the nation's top infectious disease doctor announced he'll be stepping down from government service in December.


Congress is about to act on drug price reform. Here's what you need to know

Saturday, August 06, 2022

A deal on the table in Congress would help deliver on a long-time promise: to make prescription drugs more affordable. It includes a $2,000 cap on out-of-pocket expenses for Medicare patients.


Senate to vote on huge package that would change drug pricing and health insurance

Friday, August 05, 2022

The Inflation Reduction Act aims to put caps on drug price increases and out of pocket spending. It also includes a provision allowing Medicare to negotiate price some drugs.


President Biden has tested positive for COVID-19

Thursday, July 21, 2022

President Biden is experiencing mild symptoms after testing positive for COVID-19.


Millions of kids qualify for Medicaid. Biden funds outreach to boost enrollment

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

More than half of uninsured kids qualify for free coverage but don't know it. The government has released $49 million to get the word out, especially as the end of the COVID health emergency looms.


Doctors weren't considered in Dobbs, but now they're on abortion's legal front lines

Sunday, July 03, 2022

In a departure from earlier Supreme Court decisions on abortion, Justice Alito's abortion opinion barely mentions medicine. This creates a perilous new legal reality for doctors, legal analysts say.


For doctors, abortion restrictions create an 'impossible choice' when providing care

Friday, June 24, 2022

Physicians must treat in line with patients' wishes and standards of care. Some medical ethicists say that abortion bans will force doctors to disregard these obligations in order to follow the law.


COVID vaccines are finally here for young kids. But the logistics aren't easy

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

NPR talks to Claire Hannan, who has helped navigate vaccine rollouts in all 50 states, about some of the challenges involved in quickly getting shots out to millions of young kids.


If Roe v. Wade is overturned, what happens next? Your questions answered

Thursday, June 02, 2022

After the leak of the draft opinion in which the Supreme Court appears ready to overturn Roe, we asked for your questions about the future of abortion care in the U.S. Here's what our experts said.


Abortion access questions, asked and answered

Monday, May 30, 2022

The Supreme Court will soon rule on a case that could end the nationwide right to abortion. You've sent us your questions about what will happen if 'Roe v. Wade' is overturned. Some experts answer.


COVID-19 cases are on the rise, yet again

Saturday, May 28, 2022

According to official numbers, more than 100,000 people are testing positive for COVID-19 each day in the U.S., more than double the rate a month ago.