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The fate of abortion rights in the US, the Biden-Putin summit and a Beijing Olympic boycott

The right to an abortion may be overturned by a Supreme Court ruling, while the US threatens Russia with sanctions over Ukraine.

The US Supreme Court is to decide on a case that directly challenges Roe vs Wade, the 1973 ruling that guarantees the right to an abortion. Emily Tamkin in Washington, DC and Megan Gibson in London discuss the fight for reproductive rights, not just in the US but across the world.

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden has warned his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin

in a video call of “strong measures” that could be applied to Moscow, amid fears that Russian troops amassing on the border with Ukraine could lead to an invasion. The team discuss the limits of US power, and what the growing tensions mean.

In You Ask US, a listener wonders how upset China is about diplomatic boycotts of the forthcoming Beijing Winter Olympics.

Further reading:

Emily Tamkin on a dark day for abortion rights in the US.

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Megan Gibson on the US boycotting the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing.

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