November 21, 2013 — Our video round up includes a unique assortment of Web videos hand-picked by our editors. This week's video round up features Chris Hayes' interview with comedians Sarah Silverman and Lizz Winstead about a telethon benefiting Texas women, as well as a panel discussion on abortion stigma and an interview with Center for Reproductive Rights President Nancy Northup.
MSNBC's Chris Hayes interviews comedians Sarah Silverman and Lizz Winstead, who this week co-hosted a telethon to support women's health clinics in Texas, where new abortion restrictions have caused many providers to stop offering abortion services. Asked why she got involved, Silverman says, "Very quietly our rights are being chipped away state by state," adding that a large part of why abortion is so stigmatized is because "vaginas really, really scare people." Winstead says that in addition to raising cash to support Texas women in need of abortions, the fundraiser should serve as a "wake-up call for all women" to "check in" with their local lawmakers about the status of women's rights where they live (Hayes, "All In With Chris Hayes," MSNBC, 11/18).
Commenting on a New York Magazine cover story that profiles women who have had abortions, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry says it's easy to talk about abortion "in the abstract," but it requires "breathtaking courage to stand in public and say 'I had an abortion,' because when you say it you invite hateful and even violent responses." Perry speaks with writer Kassi Underwood, one of the women featured in the article, as well as other panelists about the messages -- direct and indirect -- that society sends about abortion and how these messages affect abortion stigma (Harris-Perry, "Melissa Harris-Perry," MSNBC, 11/16).
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow discusses a Doonesbury comic strip about states' pre-abortion ultrasound requirements and recaps which states have passed such measures. The ultrasound laws are just one example of how conservatives "have become more aggressive than at any time since Roe v. Wade in terms of mounting new legal restrictions on access to abortion," she says. Maddow's guest, Center for Reproductive Rights President Nancy Northup, says such efforts are part of conservatives' strategy to "chip away at Roe [v. Wade] so much that basically the tree trunk falls," while also trying to "make a full run for having Roe overturned" by getting a case before the Supreme Court. Northup also discusses cases working their way through the courts now, including the Supreme Court's recent decision to leave in place lower-court rulings that blocked certain Oklahoma antiabortion laws (Maddow, "The Rachel Maddow Show," MSNBC, 11/12).