'Dollars for Life' Plots Rise of Anti-Abortion Extremism Within the GOP

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Rise Up 4 Abortion Rights Rally, protestor with t-shirt supporting, Gramercy Park, New York City.  (Photo by: Joan Slatkin/UCG/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Oklahoma last week became the first state to ban almost all abortions from the moment of conception, and at least 20 more are poised to outlaw or severely restrict the procedure if, as widely expected, the Supreme Court overrules Roe v. Wade this month. How did we get to this point? That’s the question legal historian Mary Ziegler seeks to untangle in her new book “Dollars for Life: The Anti-Abortion Movement and the Fall of the Republican Establishment.” We’ll talk to Ziegler about the ebb and flow of U.S. popular sentiment about abortion and the ways extremist abortion foes joined forces with -- and ultimately co-opted -- the GOP.

Guests:

Mary Ziegler, professor of law, UC Davis - Her new book is "Dollars for Life: The Anti-Abortion Movement and the Fall of the Republican Establishment"

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