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Sunday's shooting death of Dr. George Tiller has the abortion battle back in the news.  We get the latest from Wichita, Kansas and talk with right-to-life and right-to-choose advocates about the impacts of violence and shifts in public opinion. Also, Sonia Sotomayor kicks off Senate visits today, and GM has marketed Hummers along with American patriotism.  Will that still work if Hummers are made in China?


Banner image: Dr. George Tiller's Women's Health Care Services abortion clinic. Tiller was murdered on May 31 in Wichita, Kansas. Photo: Kelly Glasscock/Getty Images

Articles of Faith

Cynthia Gorney

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Karen Radziner
Gary Scott

Reporter's Notebook Chinese Company Keeps Hummer Brand Alive 9 MIN, 10 SEC

General Motors said yesterday it has reached a preliminary agreement for selling its Hummer, the big sport utility vehicles and pickups it was persuaded to build by Arnold Schwarzenegger. GM has marketed Hummers as being made in the same factory as the Humvees that carry American soldiers into battle. Today, it's reported that the new owner will be a machinery company in China, the Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industry Machinery Company. Alex Taylor is senior editor at Fortune magazine.

Guests:
Alex Taylor, Senior Editor, Fortune

Main Topic Murder, Abortion and the Right to Life 33 MIN, 47 SEC

Scott Roeder is the lone suspect in Sunday's killing of Dr. George Tiller, gunned down in a Wichita, Kansas church on Sunday.  The assassination of the late-term abortionist has led to federal security measures at clinics around the country. Its impact on the right-to-life movement is still unclear, but previous violence has drastically reduced the availability of operations to terminate pregnancies. We hear about the continuing investigation into Tiller's killing and about his role as a doctor and as a symbol. With polls showing diminished support for the right to choose, we'll talk with advocates on both sides.

Guests:
Nicholas Riccardi, Reporter, Los Angeles Times
Cynthia Gorney, Professor of Journalism, University of California at Berkeley
Patrick Mahoney, Director, Christian Defense Coalition
Nancy Northup, Center for Reproductive Rights

Making News Sotomayor Kicks off Senate Visits 7 MIN, 16 SEC

Judge Sonia Sotomayor was on Capitol Hill today for closed-door meetings with Senators who will vote up or down to confirm her appointment to the US Supreme Court. Among those with whom she visited are Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, and Jeff Sessions of Alabama, ranking Republican. Jonathan Allen is political reporter for Congressional Quarterly.

Guests:
Jonathan Allen, Bloomberg News (@jonallendc)

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