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Videos Discuss State Abortion Restrictions, Future of Catholic Church

Videos Discuss State Abortion Restrictions, Future of Catholic Church

March 22, 2013 — Our video roundup includes a unique assortment of Web videos hand-picked by our editors. This week, we feature segments on states' latest efforts to restrict abortion, as well as a discussion on the direction of the Catholic Church under the new pope.

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On Current TV, the Guttmacher Institute's Elizabeth Nash discusses states' latest efforts to restrict abortion, including a Kansas measure that would require doctors to give women inaccurate information. Nash also comments on the "race to the bottom" among states attempting to enact measures that ban abortion increasingly early in pregnancy. However, she notes that "just as effective in a sense of eliminating abortion access can be restrictions" that do not go so far as to ban the procedure, such as hospital-like regulations of abortion clinics that make it difficult for providers to remain in business (Shure, "The War Room," Current TV, 3/20).

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While the national GOP battles over its messaging on women's health, the states are where the issue "turns into law and not just politics," says MSNBC's Rachel Maddow. On the heels of Arkansas' passage of a bill banning most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy, North Dakota lawmakers have advanced a six-week ban, with other measures in the pipeline that would ban all abortions in the state (Maddow, "The Rachel Maddow Show," MSNBC, 3/19).

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Jacqueline Nolley Echegaray of Catholics for Choice, Father Bill Dailey of Notre Dame Law School, Anthea Bulter of the University of Pennsylvania and Roland Flamini of CQ Press join MSNBC's Chris Hayes to discuss the future of the Catholic Church under Pope Francis, including whether the Church will modify its approach toward human sexuality and contraception (Hayes, "Up With Chris Hayes," MSNBC, 3/16).