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Masthead Weekly 06.07.19

How do you cover a debate in which neither side has changed its fundamental positions in decades? Today we’re bringing you inside the thinking of the Family writer Ashley Fetters, a journalist on the abortion beat. We also give you a preview of next week’s news. (What do House Democrats and Aretha Franklin’s sons have in common? Hearings.) And an Atlantic editor shares a recommendation in our latest book club. Read on.

What to Know: The Abortion Debate

By Ashley Fetters

What we’re watching: In Georgia and Alabama, state legislatures have passed bills that would either severely restrict access to abortion within the state or outlaw it outright. These bills are expected to be struck down in the lower courts, but should the process of appeals eventually bring them before the majority-conservative Supreme Court, they could pose a grave threat to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that protected the right to abortion in the U.S.

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