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Reason Staff Bitterly Divided on Planned Parenthood Defunding: Podcast

Civil debate, whether on Trump/Russia, gun policy, or fungible abortion funding, begins in the workplace.


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Is President Donald Trump's plan to enforce a "bright line" separation between Title X funding recipients and even referring to the practice of abortion a good start or a self-defeating political stunt? It depends on who you ask. Including, at least to some degree, within the Reason staff.

On today's Reason Podcast, Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie, Peter Suderman and yours truly duke it out over the lines between conscientious objection and hypocritical stunt, between government imprimaturs and nonprofit branding, between fungibility and non. The quartet also tangles over Trump/Russia, post-shooting argumentation, and Reason's staff dress codes over the years.

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Audio production by Ian Keyser.

Relevant links from the show:

"Trump Purportedly Planning Grant Ban for Groups That Don't Disavow Abortion: Reason Roundup," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Mississippi Bans Abortions After 15 Weeks, Faces First Legal Challenge Today," by Nick Gillespie

"Why Is Planned Parenthood So Popular? Because Government Thwarts Alternatives," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Why I Am a Pro-Life Libertarian," by Stephanie Slade

"Libertarians Should Look Twice at Planned Parenthood Defunding Efforts," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Abortion & Libertarianism: Nick Gillespie, Ronald Bailey, Mollie Hemingway, & Katherine Mangu-Ward"

"Why Big Government Is Offensive," by Matt Welch

"Why does Trump get away with corruption? Because Bill and Hillary Clinton normalized it," by Josh Barro, Business Insider

"What Can Be Done To Stop School Shootings Without Shredding the Constitution?" by Nick Gillespie

"California Cities Are Free to Regulate Gun Stores Out of Existence," by Declan McCullagh

"2 New Court Decisions Are Quietly Eliminating Californians' Second Amendment Rights," by Declan McCullagh

"New York Officials Weaponize Regulatory Power Against the NRA," by J.D. Tuccille

"New York Politicians Want to Suppress Free Assembly Rights for Gun Rights Supporters," by Brian Doherty

"Tom Wolfe Is Dead but the 'Me Decade' Lives On (and That's a Good Thing)," by Nick Gillespie

"RIP to Tom Wolfe, whom I met only once," by Katherine Mangu-Ward

"Will McCain-Style Conservatism Live On?" by Matt Welch

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