FROM Cynthia Gorney
The Murder of Abortion Doctor George Tiller Scott Roeder is the lone suspect in Sunday's killing of Dr. George Tiller, the late-term abortionist gunned down in a Wichita, Kansas church on Sunday. The impact of his impact on the right-to-life movement is still unclear, but previous violence has drastically reduced the availability of operations to terminate pregnancies. We hear about the continuing investigation into Tiller's murder and talk with advocates on both sides about his role as a doctor and as a symbol.
Murder, Abortion and the Right to Life Scott Roeder is the lone suspect in Sunday's killing of Dr. George Tiller, gunned down in a Wichita, Kansas church on Sunday. The assassination of the late-term abortionist has led to federal security measures at clinics around the country. Its impact on the right-to-life movement is still unclear, but previous violence has drastically reduced the availability of operations to terminate pregnancies. We hear about the continuing investigation into Tiller's killing and about his role as a doctor and as a symbol. With polls showing diminished support for the right to choose, we'll talk with advocates on both sides.
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.
The US Supreme Court's Turnabout on Abortion Yesterday, by a 5-to-4 vote, the US Supreme Court's new majority ruled for the first time that a specific abortion procedure may be banned by federal law. All leading Republican candidates for President support the decision; all the leading Democrats are opposed. Intact dilation and extraction is a late-term procedure dubbed "partial-birth abortion" by abortion opponents. Cynthia Gorney, professor of journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, is author of Articles of Faith , on the history and politics of the right to abortion.
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