Is Gun Control The New Litmus Test For The US Surgeon General?04:03

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Abortion became a litmus test for U.S Supreme Court nominees  27 years ago, following the confirmation hearings for the late Robert Bork.

Now, some doctors are worried that anything a physician says about guns may take on the same prominence for U.S. Surgeon General nominees.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, WBUR's Martha Bebinger examines the role gun control has taken in the nomination of Dr. Vivek Murthy, an internist at Brigham and Women's hospital who has been tapped to be the next Surgeon General.


  • Martha Bebinger, healthcare reporter for WBUR. She tweets @mbebinger.

This segment aired on March 21, 2014.