Edwards: health reform is ‘great refuge'
Elizabeth Edwards said Saturday that her passion for reforming the health care system has been “a great refuge” for her during the recent turmoil over her husband's extramarital affair.
Edwards, who has incurable breast cancer, also said medical tests last week showed that her condition hadn't worsened since March 2007, when she and her husband, former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, announced her cancer had returned and spread to her bones.
Edwards was interviewed at the New Yorker Festival by medical writer and surgeon Atul Gawande, who asked how she was managing to continue speaking out publicly on health care, given the turmoil in her personal life.
“Partly by plowing through, like I intend to do with your question, as well,” she said, to laughter from the audience.
On her medical condition, Edwards said doctors don't believe the cancer has spread to her lungs or her liver.
Edwards returned to the public stage only recently after her husband's affair became public in August. She made clear Saturday that she intends to continue speaking publicly against the health care policies of Republican presidential nominee John McCain. She supports mandatory universal health coverage, while McCain supports free-market policies and a tax break. Associated Press
Clergy and lay members of the Pittsburgh Diocese have voted to break from the liberal Episcopal Church. The votes counted after Saturday's vote were 240 in favor of leaving the church and 102 against. The diocese is one of several that disagree with the U.S. church regarding biblical teachings on salvation and other issues including homosexuality. Associated Press
Police clashed with hundreds of villagers who seized the entrance to a Mayan archaeological site at San Cristobal de las Casas, and several of the protesters were killed, both sides said Saturday. Protesters said six villagers died in Friday's confrontation in southern Mexico. State officials acknowledged that several protesters died, but did not say how many. Three hundred state police who participated in Friday's raid were detained for questioning. No charges had been filed. Associated Press
Militants on Saturday buried the bodies of Arab comrades who were among at least 20 people killed Friday when suspected U.S. missiles hit a house near the Afghan border, Pakistani officials said. The U.S. has launched a flurry of strikes in recent weeks against militants in northwestern Pakistan, straining ties between the two allies. Associated Press