Reproductive Rights

The Takeaway

Anti-Abortion Laws Flood U.S. State Houses

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

A new law in Kansas bans a common second trimester abortion procedure. But in 2015, state legislators have introduced 791 provisions related to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

"From V to Shining V"

Friday, September 19, 2014

Lady Parts Justice is organizing a day of action next week to raise awareness about women's reproductive rights and ask the question: Why don't women have a day anyway?

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The Takeaway

New Drugs Allow Abortions to Move Beyond Clinics

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Do you need a doctor to perform a safe abortion? One physician designed a program that provides access to a combination of abortion drugs and instructions on how to use them.

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The Takeaway

Special Session Marks Round Two in Texas Abortion Battle

Monday, July 01, 2013

Last Tuesday, Senator Wendy Davis filibustered her way to the national stage after spending nearly 11 hours speaking in order to block Senate Bill 5 from passing in the Texas legislature. But the very next day, Texas Governor Rick Perry announced he wasn’t giving up the fight just yet. Instead, the Governor called a special legislative session to take up the bill. Erica Greider is the senior editor at Texas Monthly.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fast Item #2: State/s of Abortion Rights

Friday, June 28, 2013

Elizabeth NashGuttmacher Institute’s State Issues Manager, looks at the landscape of abortion rights across the country.

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The Takeaway

Texas Abortion Bill Fails to Pass After Filibuster

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Around midnight last night, the Texas Senate shutdown Senator Wendy Davis's (D-Fort Worth) nearly 11 hour filibuster meant to prevent the passage of Senate Bill 5, a restrictive abortion law. Christy Hoppe, Austin bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News, was present for entire filibuster. James Henson is the director of the Texas politics project as the University of Texas.

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The Takeaway

Obama Administration Will Comply with Plan B Ruling

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Obama administration has conceded its plans to continue blocking the over-the-counter availability of the morning-after pill for girls. Dr. Susan Wood weighs in on the administration's unexpected reversal. She directed the office of Women's Health at the FDA from 2000 until 2005. she resigned in protests of the F.D.A.'s handling of Plan B, the brand name of the so-called morning-after pill.

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The Takeaway

Obama Administration Appealing Judge's Ruling on Plan B

Thursday, May 02, 2013

In a move that pits the Obama administration firmly against women's reproductive health advocates, the Justice Department filed a notice to appeal a judge's decision to allow girls under 15 years old to have over-the-counter access to the morning after pill. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich has been following the legal and political battle.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Is this the End of "Pro-Choice"?

Friday, January 25, 2013

Planned Parenthood recently said they are dropping the terms "pro-choice" when talking about their abortion-rights agenda. Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, tells Brian Lehrer why.

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The Takeaway

These Are the Last Four Doctors Who Perform Third-Trimester Abortions

Thursday, January 17, 2013

There are nine states that currently allow third trimester abortions without restriction. And — after the murder of Doctor George Tiller in 2009 — only four doctors in the country perform them. A new documentary, "After Tiller," centers on these doctors, their work, and what they face each day. Lana Wilson is the film’s co-director, along with Martha Shane. Dr. Susan Robinson is one of the four doctors profiled in "After Tiller."

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The Takeaway

Election Favors the Women

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Anne Sale, reporter from It's a Free Country, has closely followed the Senate races this election season. In regards to female elected officials and women's issues, she says, "I think you really saw this in New Hampshire, where two women won house seats and a woman candidate won the governor's race."


The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: War on Women?

Monday, October 22, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. >Today: The role of women as an "interest group" in the election. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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It's A Free Country ®

That's My Issue: Autonomy over My Body

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

There is truly no commitment greater than the commitment of becoming a mother.

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The Takeaway

Why Have Children?

Thursday, June 21, 2012

In a woman’s life, there are many rites of passage: her first period, her first time falling in love, and her first time being hired for a job. And if she makes it past the ripe old age of 25, she very likely has one more rite of passage that lasts for the next two decades. And if she doesn't hit this milestone, she gets asked over and over again: “Why don’t you have children?”

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The Empire

Abortion Rights Groups Seek Cuomo's Support

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Abortion rights advocates promoting the Reproductive Health Act say they are counting on Governor Andrew Cuomo to help the bill become law this year.

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The Takeaway

Is Pregnancy a Disability?

Friday, January 06, 2012

In a presentation to the American Association of Law Schools on Thursday, Jeannette Cox, an associate professor at the University of Dayton School of Law, argued that pregnancy comes with physical limitations on par with conditions now protected under a new amendment to the Americans with Disabilities Act. These include the inability to do prolonged lifting, sitting, standing or walking or driving. While some are outraged by the assertion, Cox sees it as a way for women to get more legal protections at their workplace.

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