A new method of obtaining organs for transplantation has some in the medical community questioning whether donors are technically "dead." The controversy centers around how one defines "dead" — something that turns out to be pretty complicated.
The nation's capital is focused on the Supreme Court this week, and that includes members of Congress. Wednesday is the third day justices will hear arguments considering the constitutionality of President Obama's health care overhaul.
Backed by the federal government, doctors in Michigan are trying to expand the use of a controversial form of organ donation that raises disturbing ethical concerns, including questions about whether the donors are really dead. Defining dead turns out to be pretty complicated. There are two ways to declare someone dead.
The justices will hear arguments Wednesday over whether the health law's expansion of Medicaid for the poor unfairly forces the states to participate. And their decision could greatly affect the relationship between the federal government and the states.
Texas and the Obama administration are battling over funding for women's health centers in the state. As a result, some Planned Parenthood facilities have closed, limiting access to health care for some women, particularly those on Medicaid.
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