April 5, 2013 — Our video roundup includes a unique assortment of Web videos hand-picked by our editors. In this edition, we feature interviews with leaders from Planned Parenthood, the Center for Reproductive Rights and North Dakota's Red River Women's Clinic about the wave of state abortion restrictions that advanced in recent weeks.
Cecile Richards -- president of Planned Parenthood Federation of American and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund -- discusses the prospects for potential legal challenges to state abortion bans that violate the tenets of Roe v. Wade. Richards also weighs in on states' efforts to restrict health insurance coverage of abortion and limit access to other women's health services, such as birth control (Mitchell, "Andrea Mitchell Reports," MSNBC, 3/28).
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reports on the influence of out-of-state antiabortion-rights groups in North Dakota and elsewhere pushing "personhood" measures and other abortion restrictions. Maddow also highlights efforts by abortion-rights supporters to protest the measures and speaks with Tammy Kromenaker -- head of the sole abortion clinic in North Dakota -- about why states with only one clinic have become targets for abortion-rights opponents (Maddow, "The Rachel Maddow Show," MSNBC, 3/25).
March was a particularly active month for state antiabortion-rights legislation, "[b]ut make no mistake, the aggressive whittling away of reproductive rights ... is bigger than just one month or even a handful of states," cautions MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry, adding, "There is a long game in play here, and its goal is nothing less than the complete erosion of reproductive choice." She discusses the significance of the latest state legislation with Nancy Northup, president of the Center for Reproductive Rights, and MSNBC contributor Robert Traynham, a former adviser to President George W. Bush and an assistant dean at Georgetown University (Harris-Perry, "Melissa Harris-Perry," MSNBC, 3/23).