A Woman's Right to Choose: Is the Battle Over?
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With the election of a pro-choice president and the failure of anti-abortion measures in several states, the pro-life movement is down but not out. We hear about evolving tactics and a new focus on same-sex marriage. Also, big changes on Capitol Hill, and more names of Barack Obama's prospective cabinet members are being leaked. We talk about who they are, the likely source of the rumors and what they could mean for the next administration.
Banner image: Pro-life and pro-choice supporters march outside the US Supreme Court 22 January 2008 in Washington, DC marking the 35th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal. Photo: Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images
Waxman Replaces Dingell as House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair ()
On Capitol Hill, the old order is giving way to the new. Alaska Senator Ted Stevens stepped down today after 40 years in the Senate. History's longest-serving Republican was defeated by Democrat Mark Begich, the Mayor of Anchorage. The House saw a major shakeup of a different kind. John Dingell of Michigan lost his chairmanship of the Energy and Commerce Committee to a fellow Democrat, Henry Waxman of Los Angeles. Darren Samuelsohn is senior reporter for the Environment & Energy Daily.
Obama's Cabinet Picks ()
For days, the political world has been chattering over the prospect of Hillary Clinton as Barack Obama's Secretary of State. Yesterday, former Senator Tom Daschle was named as a likely Secretary of Health and Human Services. Today, two governors have emerged -- Janet Napolitano of Arizona and Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas -- for Homeland Security and Labor respectively. Are the rumors real? Is there a breakdown of discipline in Obama's transition team? Jeff Zeleny is in Chicago for the New York Times.
The Evolving Tactics of the Pro-Life Movement ()
Since Roe v. Wade was decided 35 years ago, a woman's right to choose an abortion has been Issue Number One in the so-called "culture wars." But it's still the law. The next Supreme Court vacancies are likely to be filled by a President who's pro-choice. Ballot initiatives to limit abortion failed this month in South Dakota, Colorado and California. The pro-life movement won't go away, but it's changing its tactics. We hear about the search for common ground and the new issue of same-sex marriage.
- Cynthia Gorney: Professor of Journalism, University of California at Berkeley
- Nicholas Cafardi: Professor of Law, Duquesne University
- Tom Minnery: Vice President of Public Policy, Focus on the Family
- Walter Dellinger: former Assistant Attorney General and Solicitor General
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