For the Record: Abortion rights on the line; Media responsibility in the internet era

Also on For the Record: Findings from the latest poll from Wisconsin's largest police union
For The Record: Abortion Rights In Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. — Medical experts say a ban on abortions in Wisconsin could lead to an increase in unsafe consequences for women’s health.

A leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft decision a week ago suggests Roe v. Wade is poised to be overturned this summer, leaving Wisconsin and a handful of other states with pre-Roe abortion bans on the books that would go into effect.

“When folks are denied desired abortions, they’re more likely to suffer a variety of consequences to their health and wellbeing,” Director for UW’s Center for Reproductive Equity, Jenny Higgins, told Naomi Kowles on For the Record this Sunday.

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Also on For the Record, Gracie Skogman from Wisconsin Right to Life said their group was “cautiously optimist” about the leaked draft opinion, something anti-abortion activists have pushed for decades.

For mothers not prepared to give birth, Skogman said women should seek out help from pregnancy resource centers in Wisconsin and nationwide.

“We would like to see those centers fully equipped with more medical services, more hours of operation…more free support,” Skogman said, pointing to Texas state-funded programs sending money to adoption and other services.

Resources for women:

National Network of Abortion Funds

Find an abortion provider

For the Record: Media responsibility in the internet era

In a new policy implemented this week, WISC-TV/Channel 3000 will now consider the removal of names or photos from old crime stories. The change comes after a Madison man approached us, asking for a story about a crime that was not charged, to be removed.

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The change comes in the wake of other major regional outlets adopting similar policies in recent years, in an effort to reckon with media’s responsibility to both a community’s historical record as well as a “least harm” approach and internet permanency in the digital era.

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“Ethics is not just about those black and white easy calls,” Kathleen Culver said on For the Record, director for UW’s Center for Journalism Ethics. “Ethics is more about how we resolve those difficult questions and how we can justify our decisions to the people who are affected by them.”

Watch the full interview with Culver above.

For the Record: Wisconsin perception of policing

Jim Palmer of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association, the state’s largest police union, joined For the Record to discuss the methodology and results of the union’s latest statewide poll.

Watch the full interview with Palmer above.