Abortion Restrictionists Go Bold

No more baseball fight-style standoffs in the abortion wars. Plus: so-called constitutional crises, Bernie's credit paternalism, and GoT redux on the Reason Podcast.


The political/culture wars are once again at full throttle as Georgia becomes the latest in a series of states to enact serious abortion restrictions, in this case a ban on the procedure when a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Is the longstanding legal/cultural consensus (or political standoff) about abortion—that it should be legally available during the first trimester—giving way to a more extreme agenda by polarized advocates on each side? That's the thorny question underlying this week's Editors' Roundtable edition of the Reason Podcast, featuring Katherine Mangu-WardNick Gillespie, Peter Suderman and Matt Welch.

Other items up for discussion include our latest "constitutional crisis," the most recent installment of that television show, and also this tweet:

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Audio production by Ian Keyser.

Relevant links from the show:

"'Heartbeat Bills' Banning Almost All Abortions Are Back," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"Let Midwives and Nurse Practitioners Provide First-Trimester Abortions, Says Federal Court," by Elizabeth Nolan Brown

"The Abortion Divide Shows a Fight Growing Ever More Bitter," by Glenn Garvin

"'Record Low Are 'Pro-choice,' Yet 75 Percent Support Abortion Rights," by Nick Gillespie

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

"Debate: Libertarians Should Support Abortion Rights," by Tibor Machan and Karl Pflock

"Wishing for a Constitutional Crisis," by Keith Whittington

"The Real Constitutional Crisis Is Congress' Unwillingness to Do Its Job," by Matt Welch

"Forget Robert Mueller. Trump's Attacks On Syria Are a Reminder We're Already in a Constitutional Crisis," by Peter Suderman

"Firing the FBI Director Is Not a 'Constitutional Crisis,'" by Jacob Sullum

"Bernie Sanders' New Plan Will Make It Tougher for Poor People To Get Credit Cards," by Peter Suderman

"Three Cheers for Usury," by Katherine Mangu-Ward

"Payday of Reckoning," by Katherine Mangu-Ward

"In Defense of Payday Loans," by Nick Gillespie and Jim Epstein

"On Game of Thrones, Absolute Power Corrupts Daenerys Targaryen Absolutely," by Robby Soave