The Politics of Un-Planned Parenthood
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The US Supreme Court's Roe versus Wade decision legalized abortions in 1973. But the argument over the "right to choose" versus the "right to life" has by no means been decided. We hear about the torrent of proposed abortion restrictions produced by last year's conservative victories in state legislatures and on Capitol Hill. Also, the US plans to withdraw some troops from Afghanistan, and the US Senate looks into smartphones and tablet computers that track and record their users' locations. We hear what Google and Apple have to say.
Banner image: Screen grab from the Illinois Federation for Right to Life of an ultrasound, like that which pro-life advocates would require a pregnant woman to see before undergoing an abortion.
US Plans to Withdraw Some Troops from Afghanistan ()
President Obama has said his July draw-down of troops from Afghanistan will be "significant," but US military staff in Afghanistan are proposing a modest 5000 to go home in July and another 5000 before the end of the year. There are 100,000 troops there now. That's according to today's Wall Street Journal in a story co-authored by Julian Barnes.
Ultrasounds, Heartbeats and the Politics of Un-Planned Parenthood ()
Congress isn't the only place where conservatives won big in last year's elections. In Texas, Ohio, South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma and other states, conservative legislatures and governors elected last year are considering proposals designed to restrict abortion. "Right to life" proposals include requiring pregnant women to watch ultrasound and listen to heartbeats, and de-funding Planned Parenthood. Indiana is about to become the first state in the nation to deny public funds to Planned Parenthood if Governor, and prospective presidential candidate, Mitch Daniels makes good on his promise to sign House Bill 1210. Advocates of the "right to choose" warn about unintended consequences that could lead to more unwanted pregnancies and more abortions than ever. We hear how new technology has produced new proposed restrictions and how the issue might play in next year's presidential election.
- Jim Banks: Indiana State Senate
- Betty Cockrum: Planned Parenthood of Indiana
- Andrew Kohut: Pew Research Center, @pewresearch
- Jeanne Monahan: Family Research Council
- Nancy Northup: Center for Reproductive Rights
Senate Panel Grills Apple and Google on Privacy ()
Last month, two British researchers revealed that Apple's iPhones and 3G iPads both track and store the locations of users. Google software does the same thing. That led to concerns about the protection of privacy, and an over-crowded hearing today on Capitol Hill. Joseph Menn is technology correspondent for the Financial Times and the author of Fatal System Error: The Hunt for the New Crime Lords Who Are Bringing Down the Internet.
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