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The united states of women: Why we’re still discussing women’s rights

Thirty-eight years ago, the Supreme Court voted to uphold Roe v. Wade – yet women’s reproductive rights are still being challenged today. Late Wednesday afternoon, the Republican controlled house passed HR 3, which its sponsors called the No Taxpayer Funding For Abortion Act.  Supporters said it was necessary to codify the decades-old Hyde Amendment, which prevents federal funds to be used to pay for abortions. Opponents point out this bill goes much further. One of its key provisions bars tax breaks for small businesses whose insurance includes coverage for abortion services. By redefining D.C.’s local government as part of the federal government, the bill also bans the district from using local taxpayer funds for abortion.

Alison Stewart talks to three different women, from three different eras, about some political, legal, economic and cultural issues faced by women in the U.S. today, from the recent battle over reproductive rights to motherhood and “opting out” of the career track. Joining Stewart are Jessica Valenti, founder of the blog Feministing; Tricia Rose, author and chair of the Africana Studies department at Brown University and Dorothy Rabinowitz, Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal columnist.

In a segment later this month on Need to Know, pro-life advocates will discuss their legislative successes.