The fight over abortion rights in the United States

Activists in front of the Supreme Court
Activists demonstrate in front of the Supreme Court in Washington as the justices close out the term with decisions on abortion, guns, and public corruption are expected.
J. Scott Applewhite | AP 2016

Since the 1973 Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which guaranteed the right to an abortion, states have actively worked to limit that right. This year alone, 41 states have tried to pass abortion restrictions, 21 of them successfully.

In Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas, legislation has already been passed that will abolish abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court.

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Guest host Tiffany Hanssen spoke with law professor Mary Ziegler and POLITICO health care reporter Alice Miranda Ollstein about the fight over abortion rights in the United States.


Mary Ziegler, professor at Florida State University College of Law,where she specializes in the legal history of reproduction, family, sexuality and the Constitution

Alice Miranda Ollstein, health care reporter for POLITICO

To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.