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Roe v. Wade may be settled law, but the movement that calls itself "pro-life" is increasing demands for bans and restrictions on a woman's right to choose an abortion. We hear what's happening in very red states and what it means in law and in politics. Also, a bipartisan deal on background checks presages the gun control debate in the Senate, and what it's like behind the lines on both sides of the war in Syria.

Banner image: Billboard along I-90 East in South Dakota. Photo by Matt Hintsa

Producers:
Caitlin Shamberg
Christian Bordal
Evan George

Making News Deal on Background Checks Presages Senate Gun Control Debate 7 MIN, 43 SEC

Gun owners from both parties in the US Senate today announced a compromise amendment that could mean a gun safety measure will get to the floor. Joe Manchin (D-WV) reflected that the events at Newtown "changed our hearts and minds." Pat Toomey (R-PA) said he's on board, but played down the impact of background checks. "It's the people who fail a criminal or a mental health background check that we don't want having guns." Fawn Johnson reports on Congress for the National Journal.

Guests:
Fawn Johnson, National Journal (@fawnjohnson)

Main Topic The Frontal Assault on the Right to Abortion 34 MIN, 40 SEC

"Women's rights now depend on their ZIP code," according to Planned Parenthood, as more states pass restrictions and outright bans on abortion. Mississippi, Alabama, Kansas and North Dakota are closest to making abortion impossible – 40 years after Roe v. Wade declared it a constitutional right. Why do women want abortions?  What happens when they can't get them?  What are the consequences when unwanted babies are born? Is the current movement about the politics of Red States, or a real effort to repeal Roe v. Wade?

Guests:
Elizabeth Nash, Guttmacher Institute (@guttmacher)
Diana Greene Foster, University of California, San Francisco
Paul Linton, Thomas More Society
Alan Abramowitz, Emory University

Abortion under State Constitutions

Paul Benjamin Linton

Reporter's Notebook Brushes with Death in a Violent and Divided Syria 8 MIN, 15 SEC

Last night on Frontline, PBS broadcast "Syria Behind the Lines," extraordinary footage behind the lines on both sides of the war in Syria. Documentary filmmaker Olly Lambert risked his life to show what it's like when government planes bomb a rural village — and how committed Syrian troops are to supporting the al-Assad regime.

 

Guests:
Olly Lambert, documentary filmmaker (@ollylambert)

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