FROM Cynthia Gorney
The Murder of Abortion Doctor George Tiller Scott Roeder is the lone suspect in Sunday's killing of Dr. George Tiller, the late-term abortionist gunned down in a Wichita, Kansas church on Sunday. The impact of his impact on the right-to-life movement is still unclear, but previous violence has drastically reduced the availability of operations to terminate pregnancies. We hear about the continuing investigation into Tiller's murder and talk with advocates on both sides about his role as a doctor and as a symbol.
Murder, Abortion and the Right to Life Scott Roeder is the lone suspect in Sunday's killing of Dr. George Tiller, gunned down in a Wichita, Kansas church on Sunday. The assassination of the late-term abortionist has led to federal security measures at clinics around the country. Its impact on the right-to-life movement is still unclear, but previous violence has drastically reduced the availability of operations to terminate pregnancies. We hear about the continuing investigation into Tiller's killing and about his role as a doctor and as a symbol. With polls showing diminished support for the right to choose, we'll talk with advocates on both sides.
The Evolving Tactics of the Pro-Life Movement Since Roe v. Wade was decided 35 years ago, a woman's right to choose an abortion has been Issue Number One in the so-called "culture wars." But it's still the law. The next Supreme Court vacancies are likely to be filled by a President who's pro-choice. Ballot initiatives to limit abortion failed this month in South Dakota , Colorado and California . The pro-life movement won't go away, but it's changing its tactics. We hear about the search for common ground and the new issue of same-sex marriage.
The US Supreme Court's Turnabout on Abortion Yesterday, by a 5-to-4 vote, the US Supreme Court's new majority ruled for the first time that a specific abortion procedure may be banned by federal law. All leading Republican candidates for President support the decision; all the leading Democrats are opposed. Intact dilation and extraction is a late-term procedure dubbed "partial-birth abortion" by abortion opponents. Cynthia Gorney, professor of journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, is author of Articles of Faith , on the history and politics of the right to abortion.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
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?
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.