FROM Jeanne Monahan
The Politics of Un-Planned Parenthood Roe versus Wade legalized abortions in 1973. But the argument over the "right to choose" versus the "right to life" is still not decided. In Texas, Ohio, South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma and other states, conservative legislatures elected last year are considering proposals designed to restrict abortion. 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 . We hear about the torrent of proposed abortion restrictions in state legislatures around the country.
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.
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.
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
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.