Preview: What’s Fueling Today’s Abortion Debate?

January 23, 2013

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that overturned many federal and state restrictions on a woman’s right to an abortion. But while polls show that most Americans support the decision, and that a majority — for the first time — believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases, anti-abortion forces show no sign of relenting. On the next Moyers & Company, Bill discusses the fierce challenges facing the reproductive rights movement with Jessica González-Rojas, Executive Director of the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health, and Lynn Paltrow, founder and Executive Director of National Advocates for Pregnant Women.

Also on the program, Bill talks to U.S. Representative Peter Welch (D-VT) on the bi-partisan bill to repeal the $500 million mysterious Congressional giveaway to the drug company Amgen.

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  • RM

    Al-Qaeda is alive and well and growing in the south and elsewhere – in the guise of the Christian Conservative “right”. Their “thought police” are seeking every opportunity to try and move this country backward to the 15th century in order to try and control anything that looks like intelligent thought. Fear is their game, and control is their aim! They like “freedom” as long as it’s “their” version of it –

  • Sadie Custer

    Bill I would love it if you would interview those doctors who have done 75,000 abortions more or less and have become staunchly pro-life. Would be nice to interview the Roe in Roe Vs Wade and see how the medical profession and those who have had abortions in the past have changed their minds and why!

  • Sadie Custer

    I am to understand that many of these doctors changed with the advent of ultra sound technology, for scientific reasons and not for religion. And there are a growing number of them all the time.

  • Sadie Custer

    I agree with you on intelligent thought with much of the religious right. But some of us, have incorporated a great deal of thought as well as reading, researching and seeking to understand this issue from a scientific stand point and not just a “moral” one. Some of us have had the abortions and understood the consequences and are now firmly respectful of the sanctity of all life. As a pro-life democrat, I’m sad that the conversation stops at personal rights and does not seek to have personal understanding of this issue. There has to be a reason why so many non-religious doctors are morally opposed to this procedure, after performing thousands of them in their careers.

    Either way, the volatility of the abortion discussion is never served with inflammatory rhetoric, no matter which side it comes from.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s all remember the bottom line here: forced childbirth — are you for or against it? Forget pro-life, pro-choice. Are women completely human or not? If yes, then you cannot agree to force women to bear children. Quite simple, really.

  • Atlantaranger

    Well said.

  • Steve Fritts

    Excellent post and excellent response, Sadie. I agree that no progress is ever yielded from a “debate” that is nothing but inflammatory rhetoric.

    My guess as to why many non-religious doctors are morally opposed to abortion, some after performing thousands, is because it’s simply a very unpleasant elective procedure which clearly does end a human life at some point in early development. I can appreciate their position, but when it comes from those of them who’ve already performed thousands, any push to outlaw the procedure seems blatantly hypocritical.

    Because we can outlaw, but not entirely prevent abortion, my first question to any pro-life person is, what exactly should the penalties be? Would the woman who induces her own abortion via an abortive drug be considered a criminal? Would she be subject to incarceration? Personally, when I consider these questions, despite my reservations about the questionable ethics of abortion itself, I believe there is no reasonable or ethical way to force women to take every pregnancy to term.