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It’s been 41 years since the US Supreme Court approved a woman’s right to choose an abortion. Now the anti-abortion movement may be close to getting another case before a very different Supreme Court—hoping for a different decision. Last year, 24 states adopted 70 restrictions, and dispute is raging: Are the new laws designed to make abortions safer, or make them harder to come by? We’ll hear how abortion clinics are being forced to close down, and talk to a doctor who believes that “abortion is healthcare.”

Also, Vladimir Putin offers peace with Ukraine. Plus: Commander X and Anonymous, from the Arab Spring to Ferguson, Missouri.

Banner Image Credit: Elvert Xavier Barnes Photography

Producers:
Claire Martin
Katie Cooper
Sarah Sweeney

Putin Offers Peace Plan on Eve of NATO Summit 6 MIN, 29 SEC

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he and Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko have a “similar understanding” about a settlement with pro-Russian separatists when they conduct talks on Friday in Belarus. Meantime, NATO begins a summit meeting tomorrow in Wales. Roland Oliphant is Moscow Correspondent for the Daily Telegraph.

Guests:
Roland Oliphant, Daily Telegraph (@RolandOliphant)

Will New Limits on Abortion Hold? 34 MIN, 14 SEC

In 1973, the US Supreme Court approved a woman’s right to choose an abortion. But recently, the so-called “Right to Life Movement” has successfully blocked access in more and more places; in Mississippi, there’s only one doctor currently providing abortions. Meantime, the US Supreme Court may be closer than ever to taking another look.

Guests:
Elizabeth Nash, Guttmacher Institute (@guttmacher)
Willie Parker, Jackson Women's Health Organization
Dorinda Bordlee, Bioethics Defense Fund (@DorindaBordlee)
Emily Bazelon, Slate.com (@EmilyBazelon)

More:
The Abortion Ministry of Dr. Willie Parker
The Pink House Lives To Fight Another Day

How Hacker Collective Anonymous Incited Online Vigilantism in Ferguson 9 MIN, 20 SEC

The Internet collective known as Anonymous has conducted hacking attacks on the Church of Scientology, PenPal and the websites of governments in the Middle East. Its latest target: police in Ferguson, Missouri after the killing of Michael Brown. The leader of this attack, who goes by the pseudonym Commander X, is in exile somewhere in Canada. Not even his lawyer knows where he is. When David Kushner was preparing to write about Anonymous, the "#OpFerguson" hashtag was being created. Kushner is author of “The Masked Avengers,” found in this week’s issue of the New Yorker magazine.

Guests:
David Kushner, journalist and author (@DavidKushner)

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