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Why the US Supreme Court is going backwards on abortion rights

A draft decision to overturn the federal right to an abortion has caused outrage

By Emily Tamkin, Katie Stallard and Rachel Cunliffe

A leaked draft decision suggests the US Supreme Court is about to repeal Roe vs Wade, threatening abortion rights across the United States. Emily Tamkin is joined by Katie Stallard and Rachel Cunliffe to discuss what this ruling could mean, how dangerous a moment this is for women, and how the decision is reverberating across the world. 

Plus, after Russia’s foreign minister Sergei Lavrov sparked a row with Israel by suggesting that Hitler was of Jewish descent, they discuss the role that Russia’s revisionist history of the Second World War plays in selling the invasion of Ukraine to the Russian public. 

And in You Ask Us, they answer a listener’s question on whether Russia will formally declare war with Ukraine on its Victory Day holiday on 9 May. 

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Further reading: 

The threat to abortion is just the beginning of the assault on individual rights in America
Why a murder charge in Texas heralds a frightening new phase in the fight for abortion
How the world’s dictators rewrite the past to control the future 

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