Wednesday, March 28, 2001

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  • Mental Health Patients May Undergo Surgery for Profit

    In January of 1998, six mentally impaired men from the Leben Home for Adults in Queens, New York were piled into avan and taken to a local hospital where they underwent prostate surgery. Each week for the next three weeks, anothervan-load went for surgery. Then, an anonymous hospital worker phoned the New York State officials and said that thementally impaired men appeared unable to give consent for the surgery. The van-loads promptly came to a halt.

  • Campaign Finance Reform

    Yesterday, the Senate rejected Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel’s amendment to merely cap — not ban — unlimited "softmoney" donations to political parties. The 60-40 vote gave proponents of an overhaul in campaign finance laws theirbiggest victory yet.