Rick Santorum’s three-state victory comes after a week of heavy Republican campaigning against a new Obama administration rule requiring health insurance plans, including those provided by Catholic-affiliated hospitals and universities, to offer free birth control methods. Reproductive rights groups have hailed the measure, which was fueled by research showing birth control is necessary for women’s health and well-being. The row over contraceptives comes as a top official at the breast cancer charity Komen has resigned after a controversial decision to defund Planned Parenthood backfires. We look at how reproductive rights could become major issues in the 2012 race with three guests: Michael Brendan Dougherty of Business Insider and The American Conservative, Loretta Ross of the SisterSong Reproductive Justice Collective, and Jon O’Brien of Catholics for Choice.
A new immigrant detention center for children and families is in Artesia, New Mexico, where children once went to school amid a bleak nuclear landscape.
Ebola is bad news, but it hasn't generated the same kind of fury as that other fast-spreading scourge, namely the Islamic State. The recent beheading of U.S. journalist James Foley has ratcheted up the outrage of U.S. observers.