Abortion In America [The Compass] [World Service]

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01Abortion In America: Texas2018050220180506 (WS)

Could abortion be banned in the United States? Since the election of President Trump the question has taken on a new urgency, for both sides of America’s abortion wars. Philippa Thomas travels to two states which perfectly capture the debate – Texas and Kentucky – to explore, the past, present and future of this most controversial debate.

In the first programme Philippa visits abortion clinics in Texas to hear from women who have had abortions, and protesters who would like to stop them, about why this issue is so important. She hears from a doctor who performs abortions, a state lawmaker who would like to stop him, and an activist who wants to remove the shame about abortion. In the state capital, Austin, Philippa meets Sarah Weddington, the lawyer who argued the famous Roe versus Wade case which made abortion legal across America, and she hears how the reaction against that judgement helped create modern conservatism, modern liberalism, and elect President Trump.

Excerpts from Sarah Weddington’s oral argument in the Roe versus Wade case are provided by Oyez, a free law project by Justia and the Legal Information Institute of Cornell Law School, at www.oyez.org.

Photo: Pro-choice and pro-life activists demonstrate on the steps of the United States Supreme Court, 2016. Credit: Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

Could abortion be banned in the USA?

With ideas too big for a single episode, The Compass presents mini-series about society

02Abortion In America: Kentucky2018050920180513 (WS)

Could abortion be banned in the United States? Since the election of President Trump the question has taken on a new urgency, for both sides of America’s abortion wars. Philippa Thomas travels to Kentucky, where a legal case is under way aimed at closing that state’s last clinic. She visits the lawyer trying to keep it open, and the opponents fervently praying for it to close. And she is invited to a smart suburb to see for herself one answer to the question often asked of anti-abortion activists: ‘well, what would you do?’

(Photo: Pro-choice advocates (right) and anti-abortion advocates (left) rally outside of the Supreme Court, Washington DC. Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

In Kentucky a legal case is under way aimed at closing the last clinic for abortions

With ideas too big for a single episode, The Compass presents mini-series about society

03Abortion In America: Washington2018051620180520 (WS)

Could abortion be banned in the United States? Since the election of President Trump the question has taken on a new urgency, for both sides of America’s abortion wars. Philippa Thomas travels to two states which perfectly capture the debate – Texas and Kentucky – to explore, the past, present and future of this most controversial debate.

Finishing her journey in Washington, DC, in the third programme Philippa Thomas meets lobbyists on both sides of this issue, and visits the Supreme Court to watch the nine judges hear the latest major abortion case.

(Photo: Pro-life demonstrators (R) confront pro-choice counterparts (L). Credit: Karen Bleier/AFP)

In the US Supreme Court nine judges hear the latest major abortion case

With ideas too big for a single episode, The Compass presents mini-series about society