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Ana S. Ayala J.D., LL.M.
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Violence and Vulnerability: From Colombia to Baltimore

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This week, Baltimore made headlines as riots erupted following the funeral of Freddie Gray. The riots have put a spotlight on the cruel reality lived by low-income communities in Baltimore, not to mention the level of “incomprehensible” violence that is part of everyday life for many Baltimoreans. For those of us in Washington, D.C., it […]

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Cardiologist and Knitters Come Together to Save Lives

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In Bolivia, knitting and weaving are ancient craft skills that have been developed over centuries and even predate the Incan Empire. Today, Bolivian women are  knitting high-technology devices known as “occluders” to combat a type of congenital heart disease in children. Developed by cardiologist Franz Freudenthal, the device is an inexpensive alternative to the standard devices that are industrially produced. With Bolivia being one of the poorest […]

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WHO: A Spoon Full of Sugar? Well…But Don’t Overdo It

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Prior to joining the O’Neill Institute, Disney’s Mary Poppins’ “A Spoon Full of Sugar” would never have triggered for me a single thought about obesity or diabetes. After all, the message is that keeping a positive attitude can make the most boring of tasks fun, or at the very least, bearable. However, the funny thing […]

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Measles: Where “to Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate” Is Not the Question

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Soon after the measles outbreak originating in Disneyland became widely publicized in the media, the satirical newspaper The Onion published a “commentary” titled: “I Don’t Vaccinate My Child Because It’s My Right To Decide What Eliminated Diseases Come Roaring Back.” Yes, The Onion’s content is meant to be humorous and, as Wikipedia describes it, “surreal […]

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“Participation” means “hands-on”: UK Supreme Court Further Defines Who Can Conscientiously Object in the Context of Abortion

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Just two days ago, on December 17, 2014, the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court ruled that two Catholic midwives did not have the right to conscientiously object to performing their supervisory duties in cases of abortion. As with many reproductive rights issues, the issue of conscientious objection in the context of abortion is highly polarizing. However, […]

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Hell’s Angels Create Iron Wings for Child Abuse Victims

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With Thanksgiving just right around the corner, there is no better time to highlight the work of Bikers Against Child Abuse International, Inc. (B.A.C.A.), a group that deserves utmost recognition and praise for what they have pledged to do. Embracing the very stereotype that has been created for them, this group of bikers creatively use […]

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O’Neill Institute and WLW Launch Publication on Conscientious Objection and Reproductive Health and Rights

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The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law and Women’s Link Worldwide proudly announce the official launch of their joint publication Conscientious Objection and Abortion: A Global Perspective on the Colombian Experience. The publication is available in both English and Spanish. In 2009, the Colombian Constitutional Court issued a landmark Decision T-388/09 that sets […]

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Ebola Declared an International Public Health Emergency: Are We Interested Now?

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Since my last post on the Ebola virus merely one week ago, the death toll in West Africa has risen from approximately 600 to close to 1,000, it has reached one more African country (Nigeria), and the first European to contract the virus was admitted to a hospital only yesterday.  There are currently over 1,700 cases, […]

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Ebola Is Spreading: What We Need to Know about the IHR (2005)

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West Africa is currently experiencing the worst Ebola outbreak since the disease’s first appearance in humans in 1976. This time around, what began as one outbreak in Guinea in February has spread to 60 outbreak sites to date. Since then, it has already killed over 600 people and infected nearly 1,100 in Guinea, Liberia, and […]

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Bolivian Zebras for Road Safety: Saving Lives One Stripe at a Time

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Early one morning, as I walked the streets of La Paz, Bolivia, last week, I was pleasantly surprised when I ran into a pack of zebras crossing the street right in front of me. Zebras in Bolivia, you say? Well, not quite. As in turns out, what are known as Las Cebras de La Paz […]

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