North Dakota’s attack on women comes on the heels of a similar ban in Arkansas. Passed March 6 after the legislature overrode a gubernatorial veto, the Arkansas law prohibits abortion after 12 weeks of pregnancy. Both measures trample multiple Supreme Court decisions upholding Roe v. Wade and the right to abortion until a fetus is considered "viable". Similar bills are soon to be taken up in Ohio and Kansas. Just before the latest round of attacks in North Dakota, Danielle Norwood, organizer with Women Organized to Resist and Defend, connected to Liberation Radio via Skype to discuss the developments in Arkansas and the growing assaults on women's rights.
The state of Illinois and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees recently reached an agreement on a new three-year contract. Public employees had been without a contract since November, and with Gov. Pat Quinn refusing to continue extensions, the union utilized a diverse range of tactics to win the fight. Union leader Jeff Bigelow is on the line to discuss what transpired.
The Federal Aviation Administration has announced plans to close control towers with less than 10,000 commercial airline operations in order to meet required cuts as part of the sequester, which continues amid squabbling by Republicans and Democrats. Dozens of service reductions are taking place.nationally. Walter Smolarek links up via Skype to discuss the sequester, the planned cuts and what they mean for workers.