Abortion: The Law Is Clear but the War Rages On
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Abortion: The Law Is Clear but the War Rages On

This week, the spotlights are on Ohio and Texas, but Republican state legislatures have been restricting abortions for the past three years. Last week, Congress passed limitations that Democrats call a challenge to gender equality.  Are some doctors being caught between good medicine and bad law? Also, Egypt faces a possible coup. On Today’s Talking Point, will Edward Snowden come home for a trial?

Banner image: Brian Mcauliffe of San Marcos holds pro-life literature at a protest before the start of a special session of the Legislature in Austin, Texas July 1, 2013. Photo: Mike Stone/Reuters

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Egypt Faces a Possible Coup ()

Millions are back in the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities. The military says President Mohammed Morsi has one more day to work out the issues or call new elections. Borzou Daragahi is in Cairo for the Financial Times.

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Abortion: The Law Is Clear but the War Rages On ()

Same-sex marriage may be off the front burner, but abortion is hotter than ever in many legislatures and on Capitol Hill. Roe v. Wade is "settled law" in the United States, and polls show widespread support for a woman's right to choose an abortion. But the anti-abortion movement is gaining momentum. Republicans in Congress have passed strict new limits. In Ohio, mandatory ultrasounds are part of the budget so they'll be harder to overturn. Despite the last-minute Democratic filibuster in Texas, Republicans are likely to get tough new measures as soon as next week. Democrats call it a "war against women," and predict a backlash. We look at the political fallout and the medical consequences for women and their doctors.

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Can Snowden's Dad Convince Him to Come Home? ()

After nine days out of view, presumably at the Moscow airport, Edward Snowden may be running out of options. The New York Times reports that eight countries have rejected requests for sanctuary, with only Venezuela and Bolivia offering any hope, and Russia says he's withdrawn his application to stay there. Snowden is charged with violations of espionage law for leaking classified NSA information about vast global surveillance by US intelligence agencies. His father has had no direct contact since his son fled to Hong Kong and Moscow. On Lonnie Snowden's behalf, attorney Bruce Fein, who served in the Justice Department during the Reagan Administration, has approached the Obama Administration.

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