Here, There: Indiana becomes ground zero for U.S. abortion battle

August 8, 2011

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Betty Cockrum, the president of Planned Parenthood of Indiana, and lawyer Ken Faulk explain why PP is seeking an injunction.

Abortion has divided the American public ever since the Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade. To try to gain some insights into our own decades-long struggle, today we kick off a weeklong series examining the abortion debate in other countries. It’s part of our occasional series Here, There, where we examine how other cultures approach issues we tackle here at home.

First, we focus on a legal fight playing out in our own backyard. Earlier this year, Indiana passed legislation to defund Planned Parenthood. A federal judge blocked the law, but the state’s attorney general says he will defend the controversial statute. We asked Michael Puente, WBEZ’s reporter in Northwest Indiana, how the country’s most divisive issue came to the Hoosier state.

We want to know your thoughts on our weeklong Here, There series on abortion. To weigh in, call our 24-hour hotline at 312.948.4880 or email us at worldview@wbez.org.