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The President and CEO of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Albany writer and activist Barbara Smith are the featured guests at an event today in Albany in support of the Upper Hudson chapter of Planned Parenthood. The women's leadership circle luncheon at the Albany Hilton is part of a fundraising effort by Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood and its President Chelly Hegan, who joined Cecile Richards on the phone in advance of the event. Richards commented on the importance of a recent U.S Supreme Court ruling against Texas laws regulation.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who were harmed in Friday’s tragic events in Colorado Springs, and we are grateful to law enforcement agencies and Planned Parenthood staff who handled this tragedy with courage and compassion.

  Forty years after the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, “abortion” is still a word that is said with outright hostility by many, despite the fact that one in three American women will have terminated at least one pregnancy by menopause. Even those who support a woman’s right to an abortion often qualify their support by saying abortion is a “bad thing,” an “agonizing decision,” making the medical procedure so remote and radioactive that it takes it out of the world of the everyday, turning an act that is normal and necessary into something shameful and secretive.

In Pro, Katha Pollitt takes on the personhood argument, reaffirms the priority of a woman’s life and health, and discusses why terminating a pregnancy can be a force for good for women, families, and society. The book is out in paperback.

  Once vilified by pro-life and pro-choice supporters alike, Aspen Baker has shown that “pro-voice” might be the best method to move past conflict and hatred around abortion.

With her nonprofit, Exhale, she has demonstrated that it’s possible to get people talking respectfully even about the most polarizing topics.

Her new book is Pro-Voice: How To Keep Listening When The World Wants A Fight.

1/8/15 Panel

Jan 8, 2015

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus Ira Fusfeld.

Scheduled discussion topics include: Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris, Texas abortion rules, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's message on the middle class; Antibiotic news.

  Forty years after the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, “abortion” is still a word that is said with outright hostility by many, despite the fact that one in three American women will have terminated at least one pregnancy by menopause. Even those who support a woman’s right to an abortion often qualify their support by saying abortion is a “bad thing,” an “agonizing decision,” making the medical procedure so remote and radioactive that it takes it out of the world of the everyday, turning an act that is normal and necessary into something shameful and secretive.

In Pro, Katha Pollitt takes on the personhood argument, reaffirms the priority of a woman’s life and health, and discusses why terminating a pregnancy can be a force for good for women, families, and society.

  In June 2013, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis was introduced to the world as a hero to women and the men who love them. Davis stood and spoke on the floor of the state senate for nearly thirteen hours to run out the clock on a sweeping bill that aimed to close all but five women’s health clinics providing access to abortion and lifesaving healthcare in Texas.

During that time, she wasn’t allowed to eat, drink, sit, use the bathroom, speak off-topic, or lean against any furniture. When it was over, everyone from the White House to young women in small Texas towns shared her story. With calls, rallies on the steps of the Texas Capitol, Twitter, Facebook and a host of social media, Wendy Davis—with her pink sneakers—suddenly became a national household name.

9/2/14 Panel

Sep 2, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain & Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
NATO Response Force
Texas Abortion Law Update
Obama: Equal Pay
Joan Rivers
Nude Celebrity Photos Leaked
Bad Blue Light

7/30/14 Panel

Jul 30, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf and Political Consultant, Libby Post.

Topics include:
More Russia Sanctions
Ventura Wins
Lab Errors
Impeachment Fantasy
Mississippi Abortion Law

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New Hampshire says its law allowing abortion clinics to create buffer zones is different from a Massachusetts law struck down last month by the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Supporters of a bill that would prohibit a government body from passing a law prohibiting access to abortions or the operation of an abortion clinic testified before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

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Supporters of a bill that would prohibit a government body from passing a law prohibiting access to abortions or the operation of an abortion clinic will testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

7/8/14 Panel

Jul 8, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain and Political Consultant Libby Post.

Topics include:
Pope meets with Abused
Afghan Vote Fraud
Pot Legalization
Abortion Buffer Zones
Chicago Killings
TU Stories

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Massachusetts officials who support protest-free zones around abortion clinics say they will try to craft new rules in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court decision.

The justices unanimously ruled Thursday that the state's 35-foot buffer zone violated the First Amendment rights of protesters.

Attorney General Martha Coakley, whose office argued before the court to keep the buffer zone, said she was disappointed but would continue fighting to make sure women had access to health care.

4/3/14 Panel

Apr 3, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, University at Albany professor and Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao and Daily Freeman Publisher Emeritus, Ira Fusfeld.

Topics include:
Fort Hood
SCOTUS Political Donation Cap
Campaign spending polls
ACA Numbers
Texas Abortion lawsuit

3/28/14 Panel

Mar 28, 2014

    

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, newsman Ray Graf, and Investigative journalist, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
New Search Area for Flight 370
Christie Review
Turkey Twitter Ban
Texas Abortion Law
Lawmaker Stipends

1/29/14 Panel

Jan 29, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao and newsman Ray Graf.

Topics include:
SOTU
Farm Bill
Abortion Vote
Syria Talks
Data Requests

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court seems likely to strike down a Massachusetts law setting a 35-foot protest-free zone outside abortion clinics.

Liberal and conservative justices alike expressed misgivings about the law during arguments at the high court Wednesday. They questioned the size of the zone and whether the state could find less restrictive ways of ensuring patient access and safety.

No one has been prosecuted under the 2007 law, which state officials and clinic employees have said has resulted in less congestion outside the clinics.

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The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments one week from today in a case challenging a Massachusetts law that establishes a protest-free zone around abortion clinics.  Thirty groups have filed briefs in the case including Planned Parenthood.

A political controversy involving the issue of abortion has erupted this summer at the state’s ethics commission. It stems from whether some not-for-profit groups should be granted exemptions from publicly disclosing their donors. 

The Joint Commission on Public Ethics, known as JCOPE, is charged with increasing financial transparency when it comes to politicians and the groups who lobby them.

7/15/13 - Panel

Jul 15, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf, and commentator and activist Libby Post. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
Zimmerman Verdict Fallout
Obama's Call for Calm
Gay Blood Ban
Texas Abortion Measure
Holder & Reporter's Data

The legislature left Albany last week with some unfinished business. They did not agree on New York Governor Andrews Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act, and Cuomo says at least one house should return to pass some of the bill’s provisions.

6/18/13 - Panel

Jun 18, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf, and Times Union Associate Editor, Mike Spain. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
GOP Abortion Agenda
G8 Meeting
Obama on Surveillance
Graduation Rates
Green Transit

Women’s groups are putting pressure on the State Senate’s ruling coalition to take up Governor Cuomo’s Women’s Equality Act, which includes  an abortion rights provision.

Senator DeFrancisco, a Syracuse Republican and Chair of the Finance Committee, said in an interview with public radio and television that most New York women aren’t that interested in the proposal, “and would not even lose a night’s sleep about expanding abortion rights”.

State Senate Stalling Cuomo's Abortion Rights Bill

May 2, 2013
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A key component of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2013 agenda appears in jeopardy, as the governor concedes he does not currently have enough votes in the state Senate to bring an abortion rights bill he has championed to the floor.

State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos says a bill to put into state law the abortion rights protections in the federal Roe v. Wade decision won’t be voted on in the state Senate.

“We’re  not going to put in on the floor,” Skelos said. “In my opinion and the opinion of my conference, that bill is not moving.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says he’ll know in a couple of weeks whether two key items on his end of session agenda will become law- an abortion rights bill and public financing of political campaigns.

The governor says Republicans, who co-lead the state Senate, continue to oppose a measure to clarify a women’s right to choose abortion. The GOP has also steadfastly been against public financing of campaigns.   

“It is a fundamental ideological difference on choice and public financing,” Cuomo said. “I get it.”

4/10/13 - Panel

Apr 10, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Newsman Ray Graf and Editor of  The Daily Gazette, Judy Patrick. Joe Donahue moderates.

This morning our discussion topics include:
• The Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
• The shaping of the Supreme Court
• Nate Silver on Americans’ views on Gay Marriage
• North Dakota’s strict Abortion law
• Supreme Court accepts second case on race-based college admissions

3/27/13 - Panel

Mar 27, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, WAMC's News Director, Ian Pickus, and Stephen Gottlieb, the Jay and Ruth Caplan Distinguished Professor at Albany Law School. Joe Donahue moderates.

Topics include:
The Supreme Court on Gay Marriage
The shaping of the Supreme Court
Nate Silver on Americans’ views on Gay Marriage
North Dakota’s strict Abortion law
Supreme Court accepts second case on race-based college admissions

As reported this weekend in the New York Times, Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to propose changes to the state’s policies on abortion as part of his ‘Women’s Equality Act’ introduced during his State of the State Address that include allow health care practitioners, not solely physicians, from performing the procedure.

Women's Equality Act Proposal Draws Much Attention

Jan 10, 2013

One of several proposals in New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s State-of-the-State Speech Wednesday includes a Women’s Equality Act, a ten-point agenda that includes protecting a woman’s freedom of choice by enacting the Reproductive Health Act. And Cuomo made it clear Thursday that he will give the same high-octane effort he gave the legalization of same-sex marriage in 2011 which remains the capstone of his progressive agenda. The Democrat says he's also deciding to disagree with Catholic Archbishop Timothy Dolan, who urged Cuomo not to expand abortion rights. 

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