This Week on Between The Lines

Posted Oct. 19, 2011 for week ending Oct. 28, 2011




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House Passes Bill that Denies Women Emergency Abortion Services

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Interview with Sarah Lipton-Lubet, policy counsel, American Civil Liberties Union, conducted by Melinda Tuhus


The U.S. House of Representatives just passed another in a series of anti-abortion bills that has been characterized by women's and civil liberties groups as one of the most extreme yet from the Republican-controlled body. The measure would allow hospitals to deny life-saving care to women in need of emergency abortion services. It would also deny women insurance coverage for abortion services under the new health care system, taking away insurance coverage that millions of women already have. According to the American Journal of Public Health, Catholic hospitals already have a history of ignoring their obligation to provide emergency care that may involve performing abortions. In 1979, an Arizona bishop excommunicated a nun who authorized an abortion procedure for a woman who otherwise might have died of pulmonary hypertension at a Catholic hospital in Phoenix.  Story continues

As Occupy Wall Street Movement Gains Power, Activists Determined Not to Be Co-Opted by Political Parties

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Interview with Jeff Smith, Occupy Wall Street activist, conducted by Scott Harris


As the activists in New York City’s Zuccotti Park were gearing up to celebrate the one-month anniversary of their Occupy Wall Street encampment, the ripple effects of what started out as a modest protest of several hundred people was blossoming into what is increasingly being recognized as a powerful worldwide movement.  Story continues

North Dakota's State-Owned Bank a Viable Alternative Model to For-profit Banking System

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Interview with Ellen Brown, president of the Public Banking Institute, conducted by Scott Harris


Growing public support for the Occupy Wall Street protest movement speaks to the long-simmering anger and frustration with the failures of the current economic system and the lack of accountability for the bankers and financiers whose reckless behavior plunged the U.S. and world economy into the Great Recession. In the U.S., recent polls find majority support for the protesters’ central message condemning corporate greed and the corrupt political system rigged in favor of the interests of America’s wealthiest 1 percent.  Story continues

This week’s summary of under-reported news

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