FROM Betty Cockrum
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.
"Tough on crime" rhetoric sees a revival at Sessions' DOJ The pendulum swings between treatment-focused approaches to drug abuse and tough law enforcement. Now, after years of Obama-era "reforms," President Trump’s Attorney General, Jeff Sessions wants local police freed from federal restrictions to fight another "war on drugs."
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?