Selena Simmons-Duffin

Selena Simmons-Duffin appears in the following:

Tennesee case: How narrow can a medical exception be in a state's abortion ban?

Thursday, April 04, 2024

Women who say they've been harmed by Tennessee's abortion bans will be in court on Thursday. Plaintiff Nicole Blackmon says she endangered her life carrying a fetus that had no chance to live.


What's at stake if SCOTUS rules against mifepristone

Monday, March 25, 2024

A case before the Supreme Court this week on medication abortion could affect not just reproductive health nationwide, but also oversight of the drug industry and the authority of federal agencies.


New study raises questions about the CDC's data on the maternal mortality rate

Saturday, March 16, 2024

A new study raises doubts about the high rate of maternal mortality in the U.S. that was officially reported.


With an Obamacare boom, comes a Medicaid bust

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Preliminary numbers show 21.3 million American signed up for Obamacare this year — a huge increase since Biden took office. 15 million people, however, have also been kicked off of Medicaid.


What the current landscape of abortion rights looks like going into 2024

Thursday, December 21, 2023

There have been wins and losses since the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The women fighting against abortion restriction laws have impacted laws, policies and court cases – all ahead of an election year.


Woman who sued Texas for access to abortion seeks procedure out of state instead

Monday, December 11, 2023

Kate Cox, a pregnant woman from the Dallas area who had sued Texas for access to an abortion, has left the state for one instead. The fast-moving case was pending before the state Supreme Court.


Legendary television producer Norman Lear has died at 101

Wednesday, December 06, 2023

Writer/producer Norman Lear has died. The legendary figure in television created All In the Family, The Jeffersons, Maude and other shows that spoke to the political moment with humor and compassion.


Texas Supreme Court to hear case on state abortion laws and pregnancy complications

Sunday, November 26, 2023

The Texas Supreme Court will hear a case this week brought by women who say the state's abortion laws are harming them.


20 women are now suing Texas, saying state abortion laws endangered them

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

7 women who were denied reproductive health care in Texas have joined an ongoing lawsuit.


'Bun in the oven' is an ancient pregnancy metaphor. This historian says it has to go

Tuesday, October 31, 2023

In a new book, Policing Pregnant Bodies, author Kathleen Crowther grapples with how very old ideas – some of them misogynistic – shape how we think about pregnancy and abortion today.


About 150 women are giving birth in Gaza each day with no clean water or electricity

Saturday, October 28, 2023

Approximately 50,000 women are pregnant in Gaza's population of 2.2 million and 150 of them give birth each day. Medical care and clean water are dire needs, says the UN population agency


Giving birth amid Gaza's devastation is traumatic, but babies continue to be born

Friday, October 27, 2023

As the Israel-Hamas war continues, hospitals in Gaza are crowded and chaotic. Pregnant women face awful conditions: An emergency C-section may be conducted by the light from mobile phones.


Post 'Dobbs' Supreme Court case, more people are traveling to get an abortion

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

#WeCount, the Society for Family Planning's ongoing tally of abortions in the U.S., indicates the abortion rate has remained relatively steady, but people are traveling to get the procedure.


For people who get health care coverage through their jobs, the cost is rising

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

A new report shows that monthly costs for those health plans rose in 2023. Premiums increased 7%, and that trend is expected to continue next year.


After historic strike, Kaiser Permanente workers win 21% raise over 4 years

Friday, October 13, 2023

The health care giant and the coalition of unions that walked out for three days earlier this month announced a contract deal that averts another strike.


What closes and what keeps running in a federal government shutdown

Friday, September 29, 2023

A government shutdown is looming but not every federal office will close completely. Some critical services will continue as employees work without pay.


How a government shutdown could impact you

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

As House Republicans struggle to keep the federal government open beyond September 30, NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with a trio of NPR correspondents about the potential impact of a government shutdown.


Even the meaning of the word 'abortion' is up for debate

Monday, September 25, 2023

A survey of 2,000 people found no shared definition of the word "abortion," researchers at the Guttmacher Institute report.


Free COVID tests by mail are back, starting Monday

Thursday, September 21, 2023

People will be able to go to and get four free tests per household, starting next week. The Biden administration says it is trying to prepare for the fall and winter COVID season.


Women fight abortion bans in 3 more states with legal actions

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Patients and doctors in Tennessee, Idaho and Oklahoma are taking legal action against state abortion bans. Women told dramatic stories of dangerous pregnancies and delayed care.