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The U.S. Supreme Court will take a case focused on abortion. The case could lead to the overturning of Roe v. Wade or even the criminalization of abortion in the United States. We've reached out to members of the New York State Legislature to discuss what happens if abortion law changes as a result of this case.

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We're looking at a potential United States after Roe v Wade. For conservatives, a long-held dream could finally become reality: with the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the court could soon have a conservative super-majority, and Roe v Wade could be overturned. For progressives, it's a nightmare: the end of abortion rights at the federal level, and a 50-state patchwork of different laws.

Our guests discuss what could happen, and what to expect:

  • Sharon Stiller, J.D., partner and director of the employment law practice at Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Ferrara, Wolf & Carone, LLP; and board member for the National Women’s Hall of Fame
  • Pastor Rick LaDue, United Methodist Church of Webster
  • Sarah Clark, longtime legislative staff member for multiple members of the U.S. Senate and candidate for New York State Assembly in the 136th district

We continue our discussions about a possible post-Roe v. Wade world. With the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, pro-life advocates say they are feeling closer than ever to a victory with ending abortion. We talked to a few of them in a previous program.

This hour, we’re joined by pro-choice advocates. They share their thoughts on a post-Roe v. Wade world, and what supports they would like to see in place for women that would otherwise have had abortions. In studio:

With the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, anti-abortion advocates say they are feeling closer than ever to a victory in ending abortion. That could mean sending the issue back to the states or a federal ban on abortion.

Our guests are pro-life activists. We discuss what they think a post-Roe v. Wade world would look like. In studio:

A new short film stakes a claim about feminism and the pro-life movement. Pro-Life Feminist tells the story of several women who consider themselves ardent feminists, and also passionate opponents of abortion. Monday night, the Brighton Memorial Library will show the film at 7 p.m.

One of the activists featured in the film is in Rochester for the event, and she joins us in studio, alongside a professor of gender studies who takes a different view about reproductive rights. Our guests:

Under New York State law, women seeking abortions have 24 weeks to terminate their pregnancies. Otherwise, women are required to carry their pregnancies to term. A bill before the New York State Senate and Assembly called the Reproductive Health Act would allow licensed healthcare practitioners to perform abortions outside of that window if there is an absence of fetal viability or if the abortion is necessary to protect the mother’s life or health.

We hear from people on both sides of the abortion debate. In studio:

Dr. Willie Parker is an outspoken abortion provider and a man of faith. In his new memoir, Life’s Work, he writes, “I believe that as an abortion provider, I am doing God’s work. I am protecting women’s rights, their human right to decide their futures for themselves, and to live their lives as they see fit.”

Thousands of demonstrators marched on Washington last Friday in the annual March for Life. Our panelists discuss what it means to be "pro-life," regarding abortion and on other matters. We discuss intersectionality, and how to help women in poverty. And we discuss the future of the movement during the Trump era. Our guests:

Donald Trump has said that he wants to appoint Supreme Court Justices who will seek to undo Roe v Wade. During a recent interview, Trump said that women seeking abortions could simply cross state lines to find providers, if Roe is overturned.

What would that mean for New York State? Would we see an influx of women seeking services? How would that impact women who are struggling financially? Are organizations like Planned Parenthood prepared for these changes? Our guests:

In a March 30 interview with MSNBC's Chris Matthews, presidential candidate Donald Trump discussed his faith and his position on abortion. Trump has declared himself a devout Christian and his position on abortion has moved from supporting abortion rights years ago to opposing them in this campaign. 

But in that interview, Trump stumbled. Matthews asked Trump if there should be criminal penalties for women who have abortions, assuming Roe v. Wade is overturned, as Trump says he wants. After a bit of discussion, Trump said there should be some kind of criminal penalties for women who have abortions. This caught many by surprise because most Americans who oppose abortion have not supported laws to criminalize it. Trump changed his mind the next day.

Trump's comments have inspired conversations surrounding the issue. Why not enforce criminal penalties if abortion is made illegal? If you believe abortion is murder, how can you oppose criminal penalties for women who choose to have them? Our panelists explain why they oppose both abortion and criminal penalties for women who have abortions. Our guests:

  • Father Jim Hewes, retired diocesan priest
  • Rachel Leigh Peller, consultant for social justice nonprofits

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