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Projected health outcomes associated with Supreme Court decisions in 2022 on COVID-19 workplace protections, handgun-carry restrictions, and abortion rights

JAMA Network Open

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JAMA Network

About The Study: The findings of this study suggest that outcomes from Supreme Court decisions in 2022 that invalidated COVID-19 workplace protections, voided state laws on handgun-carry restrictions, and revoked the constitutional right to abortion could lead to substantial harms to public health, including nearly 3,000 excess deaths (and possibly many more) over a decade.

Authors: Adam Gaffney, M.D., M.P.H., of Harvard Medical School in Boston, is the corresponding author. 

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