The Current

The Current for May 4, 2022

Today on The Current: Examining the implications of a draft decision to overturn Roe v. Wade; 1 of 5 species of reptiles are at risk of extinction; and why the grand-niece of Walt Disney is taking a look at her company’s labour practices.
Matt Galloway is the host of CBC Radio's The Current. (CBC)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

Since 1973, the Roe v. Wade decision has protected the right to an abortion in the U.S., but that may be coming to an end. The U.S. Supreme Court confirmed yesterday that the draft opinion revealing the intentions of the Supreme Court to strike down Roe v. Wade that was leaked is real, although not final. The case involves the Jackson Women's Health Organization, also known as the Pink House. Clinic owner Diane Derzis discusses the impacts of the draft opinion and Michele Bratcher, Chancellor's Professor of Law at UC Irvine School of Law, talks about the legal implications. 

Also, the future of reptiles is at risk. More than 1 in 5 species of reptiles worldwide, including the fierce king cobra, are threatened with extinction, according to an assessment of thousands of species published Wednesday in the journal Nature. Matt Galloway speaks with Bruce Young, co-author of that study. Scott Gillingwater, lead biologist for Southern Ontario At Risk Reptiles, talks about reptiles in Canada, and we also hear from Mary O'Connor, a professor of zoology at the University of British Columbia. 

And the grand-niece of Walt Disney is trying to shine a light on the company that made her family rich. Abigail Disney has made a documentary about the company's labour practices and income inequality called The American Dream and Other Fairy Tales. She discusses the film with Matt Galloway, which is being shown at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

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