FROM Carol Tobias
The Politics of Abortion: Back on Capitol Hill On this 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the annual March for Life got under way with expectations that the House would pass restrictions on late-term abortions. But moderate Republican women objected to language about rape, and GOP leaders pulled the bill . Outraged, hardline right-to-lifers call that a missed opportunity caused by "incompetence and cowardice." How divided is the Majority Party on Capitol Hill? Meantime, what's the status of challenges to Roe v. Wade?
Todd Akin and Abortion on the Campaign Trail Republican Congressman Todd Akin has defied party leaders, including Mitt Romney , by insisting on staying in the race for the US Senate despite the furor over his comment on the issue of banning abortions even in cases of rape. We look at what it could mean for the rest of this year's political campaigns.
Todd Akin, Abortion and the Presidential Campaign Missouri Republican Congressman Todd Akin now says he knows that rape can make a woman pregnant. Although he's backed away from saying the rape must be "legitimate," he also say he does "not apologize for being consistently pro-life." But he's defied party leaders, including Mitt Romney , by insisting on staying in the race for the US Senate . That decision guarantees continued attention to facts Republicans don't want to talk about. Paul Ryan 's voting record on women's issues is much like Akin's. The platform for next week's convention calls for banning abortions, even in cases of rape. Mitt Romney's now keeping his distance from that language. Democrats won't let voters forget, but will it really matter when Republicans and Independents go to the polls?
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?
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'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.