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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The "What Does Congress Do All Day?" Edition

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz with special guests Jamelle Bouie and Annie Lowrey. This week: Continued violence in the Middle East, a potential lawsuit against Obama, and a small victory for the pro-choice contingent in the South.

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WNYC News

'Obvious Child' Turns Abortion into Comedy

Sunday, June 29, 2014

'Obvious Child' is an indie romantic comedy with a twist. In it, Brooklyn comedian Donna Stern — played by former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jenny Slate — gets an abortion after a one-night stand. 

And she doesn't agonize over it. 

New York filmmaker Gillian Robespierre, who both wrote and directed the film, ...

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The Takeaway

'Transformers 4,' 'Begin Again,' 'Obvious Child,' and Movie Therapy

Thursday, June 26, 2014

When is a robot fight sequence too violent? Why is Hollywood afraid to depict abortion? Does Hollywood understand the music industry? And would a movie centering on lawn darts be a hit?
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The Takeaway

The Takeaway Weekender: Guns, Red Lipstick, and An Abortion Comedy

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender!

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The Takeaway

'Obvious Child,' An Abortion Comedy

Friday, June 20, 2014

The abortion plotline exists only on the edge of Hollywood. But "Obvious Child," a new film starring actress Jenny Slate and directed by Gillian Robespierre, tackles the taboo subject of abortion in a way they say is both individual and inclusive.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Cuomo's WFP Endorsement Means for Abortion Rights and the Minimum Wage

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Following Gov. Cuomo's endorsement by the Working Families Party, we take a closer look at two issues where they've disagreed in the past. Catherine Lederer-Plaskett, president of Westchester Coalition for Legal Abortion, discusses Cuomo's Working Families Party endorsement and what it means for abortion rights in New York State. Paul Sonn, general counsel with the National Employment Law Project, discusses the minimum wage.

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WNYC News

Ethics Panel Rejects Donor Privacy Requests from Abortion Groups

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A state ethics board has denied requests from groups on both sides of the abortion debate to keep private their donor lists.

The groups, including the pro-choice Family Planning Advocates and the Christian conservative New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms, had argued that making public their donor lists could pose a ...

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The "You're Married—Psych!—You're Not Married" Edition

Friday, January 17, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon. This week: Should the NSA be restrained? Will the Supreme Court revisit marriage equality? And is the First Amendment absolute outside abortion clinics?

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Gabfest Radio

In Limbo in Utah Edition

Friday, January 17, 2014

On this week's episode of Gabfest Radio, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss why the Supreme Court may soon have to take another marriage equality case and whether a Massachusetts law that puts a buffer between abortion protesters and clinics violates the First Amendment.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The "I Am Not a Bully" Edition

Friday, January 10, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon. This week: The Chris Christie scandal, the Republican poverty push, and the sad case of a brain-dead woman and her unborn child.

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The Takeaway

Law, Regulation & Medicine: A Tricky Balancing Act

Friday, November 22, 2013

Perhaps no other field represents the tricky balance between public protection and private life than medicine. Questions of when the legislature should intervene to protect the public, and when decisions are best left to the doctor and her patient, have been politically fraught territory for decades. Jessie Hill, a professor of law at Case Western Reserve University, is an expert on the law, regulation, medicine, and the difficult decisions in between.

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The Takeaway

Texas Law Ties Doctor's Hands on Abortion

Friday, November 22, 2013

A controversial new law is Texas is keeping many doctors from being able to provide safe abortions. Lester Minto, a physician at Harlingen Reproductive Services in Harlingen, TX, says his hands are now tied. For a number of Dr. Minto’s patients—many of whom are undocumented immigrants—even traveling across the border isn't an option. He joins The Takeaway to discuss how his clinic has been impacted by the new law.

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WNYC News

'Illegal or Sleazy?' Watch How NY Women's Groups Are Renewing Push for Equality Act

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The video is amusing. The message is not.

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The Takeaway

Parts of Texas Abortion Law Blocked by Judge

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

In Texas, a restrictive new abortion law will go into effect today—but not without some last minute changes. Yesterday, just hours before the new law was set to go into effect, a federal judge blocked a key part of the abortion law and handed a partial victory to abortion rights advocates. Joining The Takeaway to discuss the changes to the law is  Veronica Zaragovia, who has been covering this story for KUT Austin.

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The Takeaway

Another Blockbuster Term for the Supreme Court

Monday, October 07, 2013

While the federal government shutdown has shuttered much of Washington, today the Supreme Court opens its doors for the 2013-2014 term. The nation's highest judicial body will rule on abortion, affirmative action and much more. Marcia Coyle, chief Washington correspondent for the National Law Journal, unpacks the major cases before the Court over the next eight months.

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Micropolis

MICROPOLIS: The Pope Francis Effect

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Even in New York, where issues of faith usually reside on the margins of public life, the Pope has people talking. And although much of what he says is viewed through the reductive lens of politics — Is he liberal? Is he conservative? — for many Catholics his words have a deeply personal, emotional impact. 

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The Takeaway

Justice Ginsburg Part II: Gender, the Second Amendment, Immigration & More

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

As the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg often fields questions about gender and justice. In the second half of her wide-ranging interview with Takeaway host John Hockenberry, Justice Ginsburg begins with a thought-provoking comment regarding Roe v. Wade, the 1973 case that legalized abortion in the United States and recognized a right to privacy in the Constitution.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"After Tiller"

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Martha Shane and Lana Wilson talk about their new documentary, “After Tiller,” which explores the subject of third-trimester abortions in the wake of the 2009 assassination of practitioner Dr. George Tiller. They’re joined by Dr. Susan Robinson, a former colleague of Dr. Tiller and one of only four doctors in the United States to perform the procedure. "After Tiller" opens September 20 at Film Forum and at the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Egypt's Crisis; Samantha Geimer on Roman Polanski; "After Tiller"; David Dinkins

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Fewer than three years after the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s politics remain in disarray. Martin Smith looks back at what’s happened and suggests what might be next. Samantha Geimer describes being the young woman in the sexual assault case involving Roman Polanski. We’ll look at what’s happened to the doctors who’ve continued to perform late-term abortions in the US in the wake of the assassination of Dr. George Tiller. Former mayor David Dinkins on his life, his time at City Hall—and his take on this year’s race for mayor.

The Takeaway

Critics: Texas Abortion Law Hurts Poor, Latina Women

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Opponents of a controversial new Texas abortion measure, like Lillian Ortiz, a board member of NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, says the law disproportionately affects poor women, especially Latinas. But Texas State Representative Jason Villalba, a Republican from Dallas, supported the measure and says there is no basis behind the argument that Texas' law disproportionately affects poor women, and particularly those of color.

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