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beginning, designed to retain -- overturn reproductive rights across country. and the leaders of tech giants urge to do more to do months after white supremacist -- a white supremacist massacreded ad live streamed it on facebook. and protester key demands after the ousting of president omar al-bashir last month. and we will look at ththe ukraie surrogacy business where women are paid thousands of euros to give birth for couples in western europe. ♪ brent: i'm right gough.
your viewers on pbs in the united states and all around the world, welcome. -- i am brent goff. we begin in the united states. pro-choice groups are protesting after the state of alabama voted 25 26 two outlaw abortion at any point, in any circumstances, including rape and insist. the only exception w will be if the mother's s life is in dger. this will now go to the statee governor to be signed into l la. >> emotions are running high, both outside the alabama lelegislate,e, with pro-choice advocates, and inside it. >> why do you wewell want to -- why you all want to control our
bodies i will never, ever know. and i know many of you have daughters. reporter: conservative legislators say this is about more than the law in alabama. they want abortion banned nationwide. in an exclusive interview with dw, a pro-life representative explained that pro-life activists seek to overturn the supreme court ruling that legalized a woman's right to choose. >> this legislation is all about the baby and ignores the mother. >> it will make its way, hopefully, to o the supreme cou, where we can revisit roe v. wade . science and technology has been clear that there is life in the womb, that life ought to be protected. reporter: the alabama law bans abortion at every stage of pregnancy, unless a woman's life
is in danger. exceptions for cases of rape and incest was voted down. last week, georgia governor brian kemp joined kentucky, ohio, in mississippi in criminalizing abortions after six weeks. with republicans in control of most state legislatures and an increasingly conservative judiciary, pro-choice advocates face a battle. brent: unprecededented times in the knighted. let's go to our washington euro chief alexandra von nahmen. good evening to you, alexandra. you have been talking to pro-life campaigners. this law in alabama is in direct violation of federal law. how are they justifying it? alexandra: well, they are saying they strongly believe that life
begins at conception and this life, the life of the unborn baby has to be protected. and they say it is considered a constitutional right for a woman to have an abortion, but they believe in abortion is murder and they are convinced that the doctors performing this procedure have to be charged with a felony and that even the woman who wants to have the abortion has to be prosecuted. so, that is their position. now they are hoping, and seeing this bill in alabama as a huge win for their position, hoping that eventually the supreme court has to deal with that, and the supreme court will eventually overturn the landmark roe vs. wade decision that made abortion legal across the united states. brent: alexandra, in alabama, the four female senators all
voted against this. all the senators who voted for it were men. it now goes to the governor of alabama, who is a woman. will she sign this bill into law? alexandra: she is a woman. that's true. she is also known as a very conservative republican. she has been known as an outspoken sub order -- supporter of the pro-life movement. she has said she wants to see the final version of the bill and she will decide. however, she is likely to sign this bill into law. but we have to say even then, it is unlikely this legislation will become applicable because human rights activists, activist groups have already announced they are going to challenge this legislation in the courts. brent: we heard today from the sponsors of the legislation that they intend it to trigger a legal battle that will go all
the supreme court and overturn roe vs. wade. can it succeed? alexandra: that is certainly what they hope for. they feel it emboldened by the president, president trump's antiabortion agenda, by the fact he has appointed two very conservative justices. brett kavanaugh is one of them. you -- in his past writings before being appointed, he suggested he would permit the government to more strictly regulate abortion. so, the pro-life activists are hoping this conservative majority on the supreme court will play to their advantage. however, we have to say that remains to be seen whether the supreme court is going to take this case and how the justices are going to decide. brent: you mentioned human rights groups. what about pro-choice activists? how are they reacting to what is
happening in alabama? alexandra: they are condemning the bill, of course. they are saying this bill is unconstitutional because,s womemen have the constitutional right to have an abobortion, thy are talkining about it, it is an issue of personal freedom and it is a very personal and private decision to end a pregnancy and they are saying that they wilill challenge search -- such bills in the courts, but they are worried. brent: all right, alexandra, thank you. here are some of the other stories making headlines around the world and clashes have broken out between palestinian demonstrators and israeli soldiers along the border of the gaza strip and israel. the skirmishes took place during the time that palestinians refer
to as the founding of the state of israel. children arriving in italy are being hosted at a catholic shelter near rome. the pontiff is an outspoken advocate for migrants on the margins of society. germany has managed to avoid recession. official figures show the term and economy grew by 0.4% in the first quarter. the german government and leading economic institutes recently scaled back their forecasts for the year as a whole. as tensions with iran melt, the u.s. state department has -- mount, the u.s. state department has ordered all nonemergency personnel in iraq to leave the country. this includes the consulate in ai irbil.
last week, washington said it had substantive threats from iran and its proxies targeting u.s. interest and germany is also suspending a military training meeting anorak, although the german government says it's not a response to any specific threat. lots of talk about threats. little evidence on where those threats are coming from. to talk about that i am joined by the journalist alexander buehler. good to have you back on the show. let me just ask you u for yourr assessment. the u.s. staff anorak basically being evacuated. reporter: the nonvital parts are being sent back. it's a dangerous situation. it shows there is some danger.
we don't know how dangerous it is. they have been accused, meaning the shia militia in iraq, of trying to may be stage attacks, although that's not very clear. but he's been talking about a threat all the time. brent: just yesterday we had iran's supreme leader, the president of the united states both saying we do not want a war. that's the official line. yet every day it seems like things are ratcheting up and up and up. reporter: on one hand it looks a bit like 2003 where you had weird things happening at the mention of the wmd threat, which then led to the invasion. on the other hand, i heard the theory that both are playing for position in the negotiations on
the trade sanctions, which can also be true. it's a very risky game. brent: the more things escalate, the harder it is to deescalate. reporter: yes. brent: from the side of iran, if they are looking at this at the long-term, they can wait 18 months and maybe after the election, donald trump is no longer president. is that the easy option for them? reporter: i think iran is following a longer line. they have been playing these games. we have revolutionary guards who are in a massive share of power in iran and they basically do what they want. they are the ones managing the war in syria. they are the ones running the militias in iraq. and they don't care about trump. they just care about their own position.
brent: do they want a military conflict? reporter: probably not. brent: it would be a catastrophe for them. reporter: they would lose a lot of trade, a lot of income. on the other hand, they could fortify their grip on a rant. that's a problem for them. brent: we see all of this with the u.s. withdrawn from the iran nuclear agreement.t. is the u.s. basically hurting rouhani, who has been seen as a moderate, and giving the hardliliners exactly what they want, and that is more control and just reducing the chances of there ever being any reconciliation between the two countries? reporter: the problem is we are dealing with watched u.s. policy in the middle east. brent: there is no in game either. do you see an endgame with washington's policy?
reporter: historically you had people, the neocons who wanted democracy in the middle east. they tried it. it failed. in a way we had a kind of democracy. now we have people like trump and kushner -- brent: and john bolton. he wants to bomb iran. he has been open about that. reporter: on the other hand, there is the threat with the revolutionary guards in the game that they are playing. the endgame they see is iran as the factor in the region. brent: what about the european union? it's a lot of pressure on the eu. reporter: yes, but the elephant in the room is china. china is a major trade partner.
that is one partner they do not want to lose. i think they're also looking at the age ancient theater, what is going on there. but they are out of options at the moment. and trump has a lot of options. he can say, no, no, that was just some tweets. bolton, don't be so hard. he can go back. brent: he can also fire bolton like lots of others. appreciate your insights. thank you. reporter: you're very welcome. thank you. brent: sudan a process military leaders have reached a power-sharing deal with -- here is the catch -- a three-year tranansition.. the protest of that led to the toppling of all bashir has demonstrators demanding the power be given to the people. reporter: a step toward a
civilian government. a power-sharing agreement with civil society groups, foremost among them the freedom of declaration and change forces, and opposition bloc headeded by madanini abbas.. >> therere will be three branch. there willll be a ministerial council. a legislative council. reporter: both sides agreed that nearly 70% of the parliamentary seats would go to the dfcf, the rest to other political groups. reporter: it has also -->> it has also been agreed that the transitional period should last three years. reporter: after that, the agreement foresees elections for
parliament and government, building blocks for a civil society. brent: you're watching dw news from berlin. still to come, the liverpool coach chosen as the football ambassador for 2019. the award given to a football coach abroad whose work has contributed to a positive image for germany. that's coming up in a few moments. text giants are under pressure to stop the abuse of their platforms and the spread of hate and the broadcast of terror attacks. the leaders of france and new zealand are holding a special summit in new zealand. this was after a terrorist massacred worshipers in christchurch and live streamed the massacre. reporter: when he shot people in two mosques, he live streamed
the attack. the footage went viral. now new zealand austria's prime minister taking a stand. the christchurch call to action to prevent the spread of extremist agendas on social media. >> it was a transformation of the internet into a full on propaganda machine that aims to destroy any cocohesion in ourr socicieties. >> the christchurch call to action is a global response to the tragedy that occurred on the shores of my country, but were ultimately felt around the world. fundamentally, it ultimately commits us all to build a more humane internet that can not be misused by terrorists for their hateful purposes. >> if users break certain rules,
they will be blocked fromm transmitting material. also, it will prohibit the transmission of i images. these meaeasures had been in place, the perpetrator would not have been able to broadcast live. participants say this is a starting point. they were against overly optimistic expectations. brent: what are the realistic expectatioions? to talk about that, i am joined by technology journalist even admire --david myer. david, good to see you again. let's say what facebook will do. it will limit access to the livestream function. it will not delay the livestream. will this prevent terrorists from live streaming attacks in the future? david: what they're going to do is a one strike policy for
people caught out sharing what they should not be sharing in support. i think someone who is motivated to purchase a bunch of going to kill people is motivated to get around this sort of block, but it will, i think, hamper their ability to share the livestream to the networks they have on social networks. brent: that's because the time it will allow content editors to block it, right? david: if they have been caught out before, it's unlikely -- there's going to be the first sign something is wrong in all likelihood. brent: they will be suspicious is what you're saying? david: they could set up an alternate count, but then they would not have all the networks of people to share it with, etc. brent: how responsible are platforms like facebook and twitter for the spread of this extremism and violence? are they culpable?
david: i think they do need to do whatever they can to stop these problems. people who maintain highways do not have the fault of the road accidents. brent: the roads have to be maintained so you'd not have accidents -- so you do not have accidents? david:d: loads of good things happen on facebook and youtube, and they are responsible for those in the same way they're responsible for this. but it is their obligation to crack down. brent: they are trained to say we are a platform but we are not responsible for the content of the platforms. that's a big change. david: that's absolutely right. there are long-standing rules in the u.s. and the eu where they say they are not liable for what people upload and that is changing. not just because of the issue of extremist content, but a
crackdown on copyright violations as well. brent: david, we'll appreciate your insights. thank you. david: my pleasure. brent: noun to how women in the ukraine are making ends meet. the countries struggling economy has led to an increase in women becoming paid surrogate mothers. the practice is being outlawed in increasing number of countries, but in ukraine it remains illegal -- a legal source of income for women who are willing to carry embryos. nick connolly reports. >> whenever the baby moves, i speak to it. at night, when i read my children's stories, it's for the baby, to your well. nick: natalia is eight months pregnant. it's a girl. but it's not hers. natalia is a surrogate. the baby's parents live in germany. >> it is such a happy moment
when you hold your baby in your arms for the first time. i will be happy for them. nick: natalia's own children are only with her for the day. in the final month of the pregnancy she moved closer to the family. she took the decisision to be aa surrogatat to betterer the famiy finances. her parartner earns jusust 200 s a month.. thisis clinic attracts childless couples run around the world. among them, the german couple whose daughter natalia is carrying. they were unwilling to be interviewed, even anonymously. the fear of being recognized as too great. it is a different story for this woman from germany. we will call her and. she is in her early 40's. she has had six failed
pregnancies. adoption was not something she and her husband were willing to consider. surrogacy was the only option remaining, a procedure that is illegal in germany. anna says that that is hypocrisy. >> uc celebrities and those who can afford it doing it all the same. it's when you get back to germany that social services treat you like a criminal. nick: surrogacy is big business and one that is growing. couples pay upwards of 30,000 euros for a package that includes these surrogacy and donation. insiders estimate hundreds of children are born to surrogates every year in ukraine. it is a month since we last met natalia. now she is back with her partner and children. the child she carried for the past nine months h has been with
its new german family since it was born. >> it was a bit confusing emotionally after the baby was born. on the one hand, you understand it's not your baby, but you still want to k know everything about it. you have carried that child for nine months. but i wouldn't call it a maternal instinct. you feel very clearly it's not yours. nick: the baby's new parents say they want to stay in touch with natalia, but what does natalia take from it? would she do it again? for now, shee won't rule it out. one thing is clear. the demand is there and it's growing. brent: sports news now. every year, the german football world italexit coaches social -- selects a football coach whose social work has contributed to the positive image of germany. they win a cash prize which is
given to the charity choice of the winter. this year's winner is the liverpool coach behind me. reporter: a crowd of football luminaires gathered to congratulate germany's football ambassador for 2019. he could not attend, but sent his thanks the a video message. >> thank you p prize. i i am proud t to be german, prd to be european, and i enjoy living here in england. reporter: he is busy preparing for the champions league final. his exploits on the field, as well a as off the field sealed e decisision for the v voting pan. > in engngland, i tell people that germans are notot only optional - -- punctual, but also funnnny. i did not expect the honor, but i'm happy nonetheless.
thanks again and don't do anything i wouldn't do. reporter: then schuster was also awarded an honorary prize for his career as a player and coach in a a career that spans over r0 yeyears. >> it makes mee proud. it makes me happy. many years of past and my job as a foot halloween coach, so to receive -- as a footballer and coach, so receive this recognition is great. reporter: greetings from barcelona. he won the fan award given to active players overseas. brent: you're watching dw news from berlin. after a short break, i will be back to take you through "the day." stick around for that. ♪ [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org]
uploaded and shared online. does the us state of alabama has moved closer to passing one of the most restrictive anti abortion laws in the united states. the bill which the state governor must sign it would ban almost all terminations including those resulting from rape and incest doctors who attempt to perform terminations would face up to one hundred yearss in prison. sixteen states hahave introduced similar legislation this year for the very latest let's go to washington. co