Rachel Pearson

Rachel Pearson is a fifth-generation Texan and an MD/PhD candidate who researches social justice in medicine. Her book, No Apparent Distress, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton.
  • Planned Parenthood video from Center for Medical Progress

    ‘Baby Body Parts’ Video is a Misleading Distraction

    In response to a video released Tuesday by anti-abortion activist group the Center for Medical Progress, Gov. Greg Abbott has directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to investigate what he calls “the harvesting of baby body parts.” The videomakers’ claim that Planned Parenthood uses abortion to illegally “sell baby parts” is a misleading distraction from real issues of justice in medical research and care. Full Story

  • Migrantchildren

    Health Officials: Risk of Disease from Immigrant Children Low

    While fears of immigrant children carrying disease persist, public health experts on the front lines offer reasons for calm. Full Story

  • Planned Parenthood video from Center for Medical Progress

    ‘Baby Body Parts’ Video is a Misleading Distraction

    In response to a video released Tuesday by anti-abortion activist group the Center for Medical Progress, Gov. Greg Abbott has directed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to investigate what he calls “the harvesting of baby body parts.” The videomakers’ claim that Planned Parenthood uses abortion to illegally “sell baby parts” is a misleading distraction from real issues of justice in medical research and care. Full Story

  • Ebola virus

    Quarantining Compassion

    The Texas policy of subjecting returning doctors and nurses to unnecessary quarantines for Ebola may discourage them from going abroad in the first place. Full Story

  • Migrantchildren

    Disease Threat From Immigrant Children Wildly Overstated

    The Central American kids arriving in Texas are likely to be better-vaccinated than children in Texas. Full Story

  • penaltyfeat

    Texas’ Other Death Penalty

    A Galveston medical student comes to grips with a healthcare system in which her patients die from treatable conditions. Full Story

  • St. Vincent's Student-Run Free Clinic

    Texas’ Other Death Penalty

    A Galveston medical student comes to grips with a healthcare system in which her patients die from treatable conditions. Full Story