October 29, 2015 — In today's clips, MSNBC hears from national reporter Irin Carmon about the "Shuttered" special, which looks at the effects of state-level antiabortion-rights laws. Elsewhere, WMUR 9 covers a case of vandalism at a Planned Parenthood facility in New Hampshire.
MSNBC national reporter Irin Carmon talks with MSNBC's Thomas Roberts about "Shuttered," a recent multimedia special that looks at the effects of antiabortion-rights laws that threaten to close clinics.
According to Roberts, the feature comes as the Supreme Court weighs whether to hear a challenge to a Texas law (HB 2) that "is the latest in a string of cases involving the potential closures of abortion clinics in several states." Carmon explains that the case revolves around whether clinic restrictions in Texas and other states impose an "undue burden" on a woman's "constitutional right to an abortion."
For the project, Carmon and her fellow journalists traveled to Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas -- states that she says "are the most affected by these restrictions already" and would be "even more so if the Supreme Court rules in their favor." Carmon notes, "At this point, the laws that are shutting down abortion clinics are probably going to have a bigger impact on women seeking abortion services than anything else" (Roberts, MSNBC, 10/19).
WMUR 9's Ray Brewer discusses a recent vandalism at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Claremont, N.H., where police said a juvenile broke in and destroyed "thousands and thousands" of dollars' worth of equipment.
According to Brewer, police are investigating whether the latest vandalism is related to an incident earlier this month in which someone spray-painted the word "murderer" on the clinic. Brewer cites Gov. Maggie Hassan (D), who said, "'These acts of vandalism are an attack on the fundamental right of women to access health care, and should be strongly condemned by all.'" Brewer adds, "Planned Parenthood says it's doing everything it can to get the clinic up and running as soon as possible" (Brewer, WMUR 9, 10/22).