In Roe's Shadow

Karen O'Connor doesn't remember the fabled coat hangers or the back-alley abortions. What she does remember, growing up in western New York in the 1960s, were the girls who would abruptly leave her Roman Catholic high school every year, mysteriously headed to visit "a distant aunt." When they returned six months later, everyone knew they'd been pregnant, but few dared to ask about the babies they'd given up. "A lot of girls were saying a lot of prayers that they weren't pregnant," says O'Connor.

Health: 'Medicare's Foundation Is Crumbling'

If the new Congress doesn't act fast when it returns to Washington next month, Medicare patients could face a severe shortage of doctors. This week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will publish new fees for doctors who accept Medicare--and the agency expects to trim its payments by some 4 percent.

The Battle Over Abstinence

Karie Hughes tosses a pair of black fuzzy dice across the classroom floor. "Sex before marriage is like gambling," Hughes tells students in her federally funded abstinence workshop, "Passion and Principles." Each number on the dice represents a risk, Hughes explains--pregnancy, a sexually transmitted disease, a broken heart.

Travel: Get Home Safely

Emotional images from ceremonies marking the 9-11 anniversary were a stark reminder to many travelers that the world isn't as safe as it used to be. Predicting the next attack may be impossible, but access to the best travel intelligence could help ease your anxiety.At iJet (, consumers can now tap into the same system used by the World Bank and 170 corporations.

Travel: Get Home Safely

Emotional images from ceremonies marking the 9-11 anniversary were a stark reminder to many travelers that the world isn't as safe as it used to be. Predicting the next attack may be impossible, but access to the best travel intelligence could help ease your anxiety.At iJet (, consumers can now tap into the same system used by the World Bank and 170 corporations.

Medicine: Hidden Healer?

The "abortion pill" mifepristone (formerly called RU-486) has long been a target of the religious right and anti-abortion forces. Last week three conservative groups petitioned the FDA to ban it, saying it is dangerous.

'We're Not In Crisis Mode'

As West Nile virus creeps toward California, an unlikely warrior could provide the first line of defense: the chicken. The familiar fowl make irresistible targets for mosquitoes.

D.C.'S Mr. Clean Takes A Mud Bath

After the tumultuous reign of former Mayor Marion Barry--who left office after a crack-cocaine conviction--bow-tie technocrat Tony Williams was supposed to restore order to the District of Columbia.

Stem Cells Slow Progress

Last August, in the first major policy speech of his presidency, George W. Bush laid out an artful political compromise on human embryonic stem cells. Though the cells hold great promise for medical research, they have to be created by destroying human embryos.

Medicine: Drug Deal

Congress didn't pass a prescription-drug plan for seniors, but consumers of all ages could still get a break under the Greater Access to Affordable Pharmaceuticals Act (GAAP).

Washington Watch

After a rash of corporate scandals, Congress is finally cracking down on... yes, consumers. Lawmakers are poised to approve a new measure that would make it much tougher for individuals to file for bankruptcy protection. (The plan would also make it more difficult for disgraced corporate bigwigs to shield assets.) President Bush is expected to sign.What's at stake: The law tries to cut down on bankruptcies by making the whole process more complicated.

'I Felt Like I Wanted To Hurt People'

Mike is hardly a seasoned drug user. When the shy 16-year-old bought marijuana in the bathroom of his suburban Hartford, Conn., high school, he didn't know what it was supposed to smell like.

'People On Death Row Are Thrilled'

In the past week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued two decisions that could curb use of the death penalty. Ring v. Arizona said juries, not judges must sentence inmates to death.

Prescriptions: Getting Their Fill

Leona Pickstone does not seem like a maverick. But the breast-cancer survivor, 67, has joined a growing insurgency against the high cost of prescription drugs.

This Case Won't Die

It's a murder mystery that's gripped the nation for nearly 50 years, rising to cult status through movies and "The Fugitive" television series. In real life, there was no "one-armed man," but a dark, bushy-haired intruder, whom Dr.

Oxy's Offspring

Nancy Green had never heard of the prescription painkiller OxyContin when the first addict showed up at her office in the fall of 2000. Track marks studded the young woman's arm.

Olympic Shorts

Perhaps he spotted the golden snitch? how else to explain how Switzerland's Simon Ammann, 20, the ski-jumping Harry Potter look-alike, flew farther than he ever had before--twice?

Yearning For The Yurt

I yearned to go to the Yurt. Dinner in the Mongolian-style tent in the woods is one of the most-coveted tickets in all of Utah--especially during these Winter Games.

Cammi &Amp; Company Go For The Gold

While most girls her age watched their idols twirl across the ice on figure skates, young Cammi Granato joined her brothers in cheering on the men's U.S. Olympic hockey team.

The Cleanest Olympics Yet?

Hours before the first athletes marched into Salt Lake's Rice-Eccles Stadium for the opening ceremonies, officials made an astonishing pledge. The 2002 Games, they vowed, would be "the most doping-free Olympics and cleanest competition ever." To most people, "doping" sounds like '70s slang for smoking pot.

Who To Watch

Team USA Women's Hockey When women's ice hockey made its Olympic debut in Nagano four years ago, Team USA was an underdog. In a dramatic final match, the Americans upset archrival Canada to win the sport's first-ever Olympic gold medal.

Talk Of The Town

Okay, I'll admit it. I have never been a fan of Olympic trading pins. Though the little colored trinkets create a bargaining frenzy at every Games, I've always had better things to do than stand around and swap cheap jewelry.

Street's Life

Almost as soon as skiing star Picabo Street landed in Salt Lake City, she began pursuing her latest Olympic goal: to carry the American flag at opening ceremonies Friday night.

High Alert

Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson spreads his arms wide and gestures at the quiet, glowing computer terminals that fill a wood-paneled conference room just outside his sixth-floor office.

Another Round In The Abortion Wars

George W. Bush wasted no time. On his very first day in the Oval Office last January, the new president used the anniversary of Roe v. Wade to reinstate the Reagan-era ban on federal funding to overseas family-planning groups that offer abortion counseling. "We share a great goal," Bush said in a statement to anti-abortion protesters last year, "to work toward a day when every child is welcomed in life and protected in law.

The Comeback Queen

Tucked into the back corner of a spinning class at a Crunch gym in Hollywood, Olympic skiing diva Picabo Street works out just like anybody else. Except for the TV camera aiming a bright light at her increasingly sweaty face.

Justice Dept. Headquarters To Be Renamed For Rfk

It's not exactly what you'd expect from a Republican White House. But NEWSWEEK has learned that next week George W. Bush plans to rename the Department of Justice building after that most Democratic of politicians: Robert F.

Bringing Greater Security To The Skies

It was supposed to be a quick hop into Washington's Reagan National Airport. The pilot of the USAirways jet reminded passengers about the new rules for flying into the centrally located airport: no standing for the last 30 minutes of the trip.

Capitol Jitters

It wasn't exactly a warm welcome. When I arrived at the Capitol for a noon lunch date with two aides of House Minority Leader Dick Gephardt on Monday, I was greeted by a stern-looking police officer.