FROM Elizabeth Nash
Will New Limits on Abortion Hold? In 1973, the US Supreme Court approved a woman’s right to choose an abortion. But recently, the so-called “Right to Life Movement” has successfully blocked access in more and more places; in Mississippi, there’s only one doctor currently providing abortions. Meantime, the US Supreme Court may be closer than ever to taking another look.
The Frontal Assault on the Right to Abortion "Women's rights now depend on their ZIP code," according to Planned Parenthood, as more states pass restrictions and outright bans on abortion. Mississippi, Alabama, Kansas and North Dakota are closest to making abortion impossible – 40 years after Roe v. Wade declared it a constitutional right. Why do women want abortions? What happens when they can't get them? What are the consequences when unwanted babies are born? Is the current movement about the politics of Red States, or a real effort to repeal Roe v. Wade?
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
White House budget proposal slashes and burns President Trump's first budget request is considered dead on arrival in Congress — a familiar development in Capitol Hill. We hear what it reveals about the priorities of the new administration. What's likely to die… and what might survive?