Main content

Abortion in America: Texas

Could abortion be banned in the USA? Philippa Thomas explores the past, present and future of this most controversial debate.

Could abortion be banned in the United States? Since the election of President Trump the question has taken on a new urgency, for both sides of America’s abortion wars. Philippa Thomas travels to two states which perfectly capture the debate – Texas and Kentucky – to explore, the past, present and future of this most controversial debate.

In the first programme Philippa visits abortion clinics in Texas to hear from women who have had abortions, and protesters who would like to stop them, about why this issue is so important. She hears from a doctor who performs abortions, a state lawmaker who would like to stop him, and an activist who wants to remove the shame about abortion. In the state capital, Austin, Philippa meets Sarah Weddington, the lawyer who argued the famous Roe versus Wade case which made abortion legal across America, and she hears how the reaction against that judgement helped create modern conservatism, modern liberalism, and elect President Trump.

Excerpts from Sarah Weddington’s oral argument in the Roe versus Wade case are provided by Oyez, a free law project by Justia and the Legal Information Institute of Cornell Law School, at www.oyez.org.

Photo: Pro-choice and pro-life activists demonstrate on the steps of the United States Supreme Court, 2016. Credit: Pete Marovich/Getty Images)

Available now

27 minutes

Last on

Sun 6 May 2018 09:32GMT

Broadcasts

  • Wed 2 May 2018 02:32GMT
  • Wed 2 May 2018 03:32GMT
  • Wed 2 May 2018 04:32GMT
  • Wed 2 May 2018 12:32GMT
  • Wed 2 May 2018 21:06GMT
  • Sun 6 May 2018 09:32GMT

Ocean Stories

Ocean Stories

The people whose home is the seashore and how they're tackling environmental challenges

The Documentary Podcast

The Documentary Podcast

More global stories to download and keep

Podcast