51% Show #1239

Apr 12, 2013

State by state, the Supreme Court's forty year old ruling on abortion is being challenged.

North Dakota’s attack on women comes on the heels of a similar ban in Arkansas. Passed March 6 after the legislature overrode a gubernatorial veto, the Arkansas law prohibits abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy. Similar bills are soon to be taken up in Ohio and Kansas. Danielle Norwood, organizer with Women Organized to Resist and Defend, spoke with Liberation Radio's Ernesto Aguilar about the politicizing of women's rights.

Concern about whether young women understand what's at stake led KimWyatt to co-edit a collection of essays called Get Out of My Crotch – Twenty One Writers Respond to America's War on Women's Rights and Reproductive Health.

Now let's flip the script and focus on responses.

There are challenges for the world's women, to be sure, but there are also things you can do – each one of us can.   Dr. Afaf Meleis of the University of Pennsylvania spoke at the Chautauqua Institution – offering a global view of women's issues and a call to action.

Dr. Afaf Meleis is the Dean of Nursing of the University of Pennsylvania and directs the university’s WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership. She is also Council General Emerita of the International Council on Women’s Health Issues. This is an excerpt of a speech she gave at the Chautauqua Institution. 

Parents and advocates in one East Oakland, California, neighborhood have stepped up their activism in 

  response to pimps targeting their middle school-aged daughters. This report from Turnstyle News is a follow-up to a collaboration between All Things Considered and Youth Radio, looking at the issue of sex trafficking in the US.

That’s our show for this week. Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance.  Our theme music is by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio.  Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock.