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 September, 2000
Ru486
All Things Considered, September 29, 2000
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Those on both sides of the abortion debate are saying that whoever wins November's presidential race can have an impact on the availability of RU 486, the abortion drug. But as Julie Rovner reports, there are limits to the influence any president can have on the availability of this drug.

Natural Law Party's Presidential Candidate (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, September 1, 2000
NPR's Guy Raz reports on the Natural Law Party's nominating convention in Northern Virginia. John Hagelin is the party's candidate for president. He's a quantum physicist and the student of a transcendentalist. With a platform that includes campaign finance reform, crime prevention and abortion rights, party members believe Hagelin has a chance to win in November.

RU486 Approved (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, September 29, 2000
Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration approved the abortion drug, RU486. NPR's Joanne Silberner explains how the drug works and how it will be dispensed. The drug will only be available from doctors, not from pharmacies. It's expected to cost about the same amount as a surgical abortion.

 August, 2000
Bush Back on the Road (14.4 | 28.8)
Weekend Edition Saturday, August 5, 2000
With the Philadelphia convention over, George W Bush continues his tour of key Midwestern states. NPR's Steve Inskeep has been talking with voters on Bush's campaign path and reports that some focused on a small, carefully worded section of Bush's acceptance speech.

 July, 2000
GOP Platform (14.4 | 28.8)
Weekend All Things Considered, July 29, 2000
Host Jacki Lyden talks to NPR's Peter Kenyon in Philadelphia, where Republicans are finalizing the 2000 GOP Platform. The party has softened and toned it's position since 1996. It reflects the tight hold the George W. Bush campaign has had over this year's convention.

 June, 2000
Gov. Tom Ridge (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, June 27, 2000
NPR's Eric Westervelt reports on Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, who is being considered as a possible running mate for Republican presidential candidate George W. Bush. Bush opposes abortion rights but says he would not use abortion as a litmus test for his choice.

Republican Platform Meeting (14.4 | 28.8)
Weekend All Things Considered, June 24, 2000
During a platform hearing in Montana yesterday, the Republican party allowed just 10 minutes of discussion about abortion. The issue was not on the original agenda. The hearing was was one of two held this week to prepare for the drafting of the GOP platform at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. Jackie Yamanaka of Yellowstone Public Radio reports from Billings.

The Week Ahead in Politics (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, June 19, 2000
Host Bob Edwards talks to NPR's Cokie Roberts about the week ahead in politics. Tomorrow, Democratic Presidential candidate Al Gore is expected to announce a retirement savings plan, which would create the Republican platform that calls for a Constitutional amendment that would outlaw abortion.

The Abortion Issue (14.4 | 28.8)
Morning Edition, June 19, 2000
NPR's Peter Kenyon reports that Republican leaders are trying to prevent differences within the party over the abortion issue from dividing the nominating convention. It appears the Bush campaign will accept a plank in the Republican platform that calls for a Constitutional amendment that would outlaw abortion.

 January, 2000
Debate on Abortion (14.4 | 28.8)
All Things Considered, January 27, 2000
Abortion was a major topic in both the Republican and Democratic debates last night. On the Republican side, we hear excerpts from verbal exchanges between Arizona Senator John McCain and former ambassador Alan Keyes, and between former Reagan administration official Gary Bauer, and Texas Governor George W. Bush. From the Democratic debate, we hear an exchange between Vice President Al Gore and former Senator Bill Bradley.


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