Selena Simmons-Duffin

Selena Simmons-Duffin appears in the following:

Months of a doomed pregnancy: What can happen in a state with strict abortion laws

Friday, April 07, 2023

When she gave birth to her baby with a fatal condition two months early, Samantha Casiano scrambled to raise funds for the funeral. Anti-abortion advocates say Texas laws are "working as designed."


A Good Friday funeral in Texas. Baby Halo's parents had few choices in post-Roe Texas

Thursday, April 06, 2023

When she gave birth to her baby with a fatal condition two months early, Samantha Casiano scrambled to raise funds for the funeral. Anti-abortion advocates say Texas laws are "working as designed."


'Live free and die'? The sad state of U.S. life expectancy

Saturday, March 25, 2023

A decade after a landmark report on Americans' shorter lives, the problem has only gotten worse. Unlike other wealthy nations, U.S. life expectancy has not bounced back from the pandemic.


Maternal deaths in the U.S. spiked in 2021, CDC reports

Thursday, March 16, 2023

After years of high rates, the country hit a new high during the pandemic, far exceeding rates in other developed nations. Black women are at especially high risk.


Newsom denounces Walgreens for saying it'd only dispense abortion pill in some states

Tuesday, March 07, 2023

California's governor tweeted out the state was "done" with Walgreens because of its response to a threat from 20 Republican attorneys general over abortion pills.


3 abortion bans in Texas leave doctors 'talking in code' to pregnant patients

Wednesday, March 01, 2023

Some doctors in Texas are so worried about the abortion bans, they hint to patients with pregnancy complications, "I've heard traveling to Colorado is really nice this time of year."


To safeguard healthy twin in utero, she had to 'escape' Texas for abortion procedure

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

When Lauren Miller found out one of her twins had a fatal condition, she discovered her doctors in Texas would only say: You need to leave the state. She went to Colorado for a selective reduction.


If Medicare or Social Security won't see cuts, what does that mean Medicaid?

Wednesday, February 08, 2023

Biden said he and Republicans in Congress are in agreement — there will be no cuts to Medicare or Social Security related to the the debt ceiling. Experts wonder if that means Medicaid might be cut.


More people than ever buy insurance on

Friday, January 13, 2023

It's the last weekend for Obamacare open enrollment, and nearly 16 million Americans have signed up for a health insurance plan.


Open enrollment for ACA insurance has already had a record year for sign-ups

Friday, January 13, 2023

Nearly 16 million people have already signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. There are still three more days to sign up. (Story aired on ATC on Jan. 12, 2023.)


Open enrollment for ACA insurance is about to close. It's already a record year for sign-ups

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Nearly 16 million people have enrolled so far, and people can still sign up in most places until Sunday.


It's not too late to get a COVID booster — especially for older adults

Wednesday, December 28, 2022

Public health officials want more Americans to get the latest COVID vaccine booster. Only 35% of people over 65 have gotten the shot, though 75% of COVID deaths are among people in this age group.


Because of Wisconsin's abortion ban, one mother gave up trying for another child

Friday, December 09, 2022

Kristen Petranek has a history of miscarriages – and she has diabetes, which makes pregnancy risky. She fears that if something goes wrong, her state's law may inhibit doctors from helping her.


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.