FROM Elizabeth Graham
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.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?
Replacing Obamacare: Now you see it… now you don’t As the Senate deliberates replacing Obmacare, health coverage for millions of people is at stake. There've been no public hearings, and a draft measure won't be made public. Is the House version so unpopular that that Senate is hiding a version that looks much the same?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.