Author Archives: Alexis Hammond

Florida Transgender Healthcare Ban: When Children’s Joy is Collateral Damage

By: Emily Kaufman In October of 2022, the Florida Board of Medicine voted to draft a rule barring all minors from receiving gender affirming care in the state.[1] This ban is contrary to recommendations by multiple health organizations including the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Psychological Association.[2] The ban stems […]

The Intersection Between Louisiana’s Ban on Abortion and its Lack of Public Benefits

By: Jenna De Stefano On June 24th, 2022, The United States Supreme Court decided in Thomas E. Dobbs, State Health Officer of the Mississippi Department of Health, et al. v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, et al. that the two historical decisions in Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey were unconstitutional.[1] […]

Oregon Senate Bill 779: Will Higher Education Requirements Help Combat Police Brutality?

By: Dana Arbogast In early January of 2023, the epidemic of police brutality reared its ugly head once again when Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old Black man, was brutally beaten to death by five law enforcement officers in Memphis, Tennessee following a traffic stop. The disturbing body-camera footage serves as a haunting reminder that the loud […]

What Happened to Prosecutorial Discretion? Georgia’s Proposed Bill Might Strip Prosecutors of their Decision-making Power

By: Krishtine Loaiza Earlier this year, the Georgia House of Representatives proposed two bills: House Bill 229 and 231.[1] These bills would create an oversight commission for prosecutors, lower the required voter recall for elected prosecutors, and sanction prosecutors for choosing not to pursue certain cases.[2] This type of bill was introduced once before and […]