Abortion in the United States: A Snapshot All Things Considered takes a broad look at abortion in the United States. We hear from historic recordings of three Supreme Court arguments, get a statistical picture of the practice today and take a look at abortion in Mississippi, which has some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country.
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Abortion in the United States: A Snapshot

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Abortion in the United States: A Snapshot

Abortion in the United States: A Snapshot

Abortion in the United States: A Snapshot

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We hear historic recordings of three Supreme Court arguments: Roe v. Wade, Webster v. Reproductive Health Services and Casey v. Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania.

Then, Stanley Henshaw of the Alan Guttmacher Institute discusses abortion statistics: how many abortions are performed in the United States each year and what the trends are.

And NPR's Audie Cornish travels to Mississippi, a state with some of the most restrictive abortion laws in the country. The entire state has only one abortion clinic, and pro-life lobbyists are trying to get even more pro-life legislation passed.

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