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National Debate Over Abortion Laws Comes To Rhode Island22:20
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People both supporting and opposing abortion protest at the Statehouse March 5 in Providence, R.I. (Jennifer McDermott/AP)
People both supporting and opposing abortion protest at the Statehouse March 5 in Providence, R.I. (Jennifer McDermott/AP)

Changes in abortion law around the country are setting off a series of local debates.

On Thursday, Missouri's Senate passed a bill to ban abortions after eight weeks of pregnancy without exceptions. The Missouri State House will now take up the measure. That comes within a day of Alabama's governor signing into law that is widely considered the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S.

Closer to home, Rhode Island's Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday rejected a bill that would have codified the right to an abortion in state law.

As restrictive abortion laws are enacted across the country, what does that signal about the future of abortion in America?

Guests

Nancy Gertner, retired federal judge, senior lecturer at Harvard Law School, and WBUR legal analyst. She tweets @ngertner.

Patrick Anderson, reporter for the Providence Journal. He tweets @PatrickAnderso_.

This segment aired on May 16, 2019.

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