ABC News Live: Death toll rises to 53 in deadly migrant smuggling

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Transcript for ABC News Live: Death toll rises to 53 in deadly migrant smuggling
TODAY ON ABC NEWS LIVE, NEW REACTION TO STANDING TERROR CEREMONY,, YOU'VE BEEN TRYING TO GRAB THE STEERING WHEEL OF HIS VEHICLE VEHICLE AND LAUNCH A SECRET SERVICE AGENT. HEAR HOW THE SECRET SERVICE IS NOW RESPONDING TO THAT. PLUS WHICH HE SAYS ABOUT THE DAYS LEADING UP TO THE RIOT AND WHAT FORMER CHIEF OF STAFF MARK MEADOWS KNEW BEFORE THE INSURRECTION. EUROPE'S BIGGEST CRISIS SINCE WORLD WAR II. AND WE HAVE NEW DETAILS ON WHAT HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICIALS CALL THE MOST DEADLY MIGRANT SMUGGLING INCIDENT IN U.S. HISTORY WE'RE NOW LEARNING ABOUT THE CONDITIONS INSIDE THAT TRACTOR TRAILER. WE BEGIN WITH THAT TRAGEDY IN TEXAS, THE DEPTH TOLL HAS RISEN TO 51, AFTER MIGRANTS WERE FOUND ABANDONED IN THE BRUTAL TEXAS HEAT. THE SMUGGLER ABANDON THE TRUCK ON A REMOTE ROAD TO GIVE HIMSELF MORE TIME TO GET AWAY. MATT GUTMAN, HAS THE LATEST IN SAN ANTONIO. FIRST RESPONDERS DESCRIBING A SEMI TRUCK FULL OF HORROR THE HEAT WAS TORRENTIAL THERE WAS NO AIR IN THAT VEHICLE. THEY SUFFERED. THE LOST CONSCIOUSNESS AND THEN THEY ENDED UP DYING. OFFICIALS SAY DOZENS OF MIGRANTS FOUND IN THAT SEMI ON A DESOLATE ROAD. THE WORKER CRIED FOR HELP INSIDE, AND CALLED 9-1-1, SAYING THE DRIVER HAD FLED. >> I'M COUNTING ABOUT NOW ABOUT 12. WE'RE TRYING TO ATTEMPT TO TAKE THE ONES OFF THE TRACK RIGHT NOW. >> DOZENS OF AMBULANCES RACING THERE. THE TEMPERATURE OUTSIDE WAS 100 -- >> HOW CLOSE TO DEATH WHERE THE LIVING PATIENTS? THEY WERE VERY CLOSE. THEY NEEDED EMERGENCY CARE. BUT THE DEATH TOLL KEPT RISING. THE OFFICERS HAD TO SEPARATE SOME OF THE DECEASED. TRYING TO DECIDE WHO WAS STILL ALIVE. >> ULTIMATELY 51 WOULD DIE IN WHAT OFFICIALS CALLED THE DEADLIEST IN U.S. HISTORY. FIRST SPONSORS STRUGGLING TO -- >> THINK ABOUT THE RISKS THEY TOOK, I THINK ABOUT PEOPLE BEING TREATED WORSE THAN. ANIMALS >> DIE AND SO HARD FOR THOSE FIRST RESPONDERS WE SPOKE TO TO SHAKE THE IMAGES THEY SAW OF THE HORROR AND CRUELTY OF PEOPLE TO FIND A BETTER LIFE IN THE U.S.. OFFICIALS TOLD US THEY HAVE THREE SUSPECTS IN CUSTODY. NOW THE TASK BEGINS TO IDENTIFY VICTIMS. WE ARE TOLD THERE FROM MEXICO, GUATEMALA, AND HONDURAS. OFFICIALS WARNING THAT WITH TEMPERATURES RISING, THE VOLUME OF MIGRANTS INCREASING BEYOND THE BORDER, WE'LL SEE MORE INCIDENTS OF THIS. >> I CERTAINLY HOPE NOT, MATT GUTMAN, THANK YOU. THE TRAGEDY IN SAN ANTONIO IS PART OF AN ONGOING IMMIGRATION CRISIS AT THE U.S. MEXICO BORDER. ACCORDING TO THE -- AT LEAST 650 MIGRANTS DIED IN 2021. ABC'S CONTRIBUTOR COVERED IMMIGRATION EXTENSIVELY AS A REPORTER. MEDINA, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. GIVEN HOW MUCH WORK YOU'VE DONE ON THIS TOPIC, WHAT'S YOUR REACTION TO WHAT HAPPENED IN SAN ANTONIO, BUT ALSO THESE NUMBERS, FROM THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR MIGRATION SAYING 650 PEOPLE DIED CROSSING THE BORDER LAST YEAR? >> THAT'S JUST CROSSING THE BORDER WOULD HAPPEN IN SAN ANTONIO IS A HORRIBLE TRAGEDY. IT'S DEFINITELY THE DEADLIEST IN U.S. HISTORY. IT'S NOT THE FIRST. IT'S AN EXAMPLE OF THE DANGERS THEY FACE ONCE THEY REACH THE BORDER OF THE U.S., IN SEARCH OF A BETTER LIFE. ALSO, THEY'RE ESCAPING POVERTY, THEY'RE ESCAPING BOUNCE IN THEIR HOME COUNTRIES, THEY'RE FACING CALAMITY SUCH AS THE ONE THAT OCCURRED AND SAN ANTONIO. THERE IS A SIMILAR CASE IN TEXAS IN 2017. THEY'RE TEN PEOPLE DIED IN A TRACTOR TRAILER THAT WAS ABANDONED INSIDE A WALMART. THERE WERE 100 MIGRANTS IN THAT TRAILER. THEY WERE HOSPITALIZED. JUST LIKE THAT, THERE'S SO MANY, THERE'S CRACKS EVIDENCE. THERE'S ALSO PEOPLE THAT DIED WHEN THEY'RE IN THE SOUTH OF MEXICO, COMING TO THE BORDER. MANY OF THEM FALL OFF THE TRAIN. KNOWN AS THE BEAST -- WE HAVE NO IDEA HOW MANY OF DIED TRYING TO CROSS THE RIO GRANDE. LAST YEAR, IN SOUTHERN MEXICO, 55 MIGRANTS DIED WHEN A BUS THAT THEY WERE ON CRASHED. SO THERE'S JUST SO MANY. AND THEY FACE EXTORTION FROM CRIMINAL GANGS AND SOMETIMES EVEN LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENTS IN MEXICO. SOME DIE IN THE DESERT FROM EXTREME HEAT OR INCREASING TEMPERATURES. COUNTLESS OTHERS DIE FALLING FROM THE BORDER WALL. MANY PEOPLE DYING AND, THERE'S SOME THAT REALLY PUT THE BLAME ON U.S. LAWS THAT PREVENT THEM FROM COMING IN ORDERLY, IN AN ORDERLY MANNER -- THERE JUST HAS NOT BEEN ANY IMMIGRATION REFORM IN SO MANY YEARS. >> YESTERDAY THE U.S. BORDER PATROL AGENTS REPORTED FINDING 68 MIGRANTS NEAR TUCSON ARIZONA. 58 OF THEM WERE CHILDREN. HOW BIG IS THIS CRISIS? >> IT'S A BIG CRISIS. IT'S NOT UNCOMMON. WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THEIR VICTIMS. THEY'RE VICTIMS OF THE GOVERNMENTS IN THEIR HOME COUNTRIES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE OR WILLING TO IMPROVE THE SITUATION OF POVERTY AND VIOLENCE THE DRIVE PEOPLE TO LEAVE. THEN AGAIN THEY'RE VICTIMIZED WHEN THEY'RE TREATED AS INVADERS AND REJECTED IN THE U.S.. AS LONG AS THERE ARE THESE CONDITIONS IN THEIR HOME COUNTRIES, THEY WILL CONTINUE TO TRY TO SEEK A BETTER LIFE. NO MATTER WHAT THE RISKS ARE. WE CAN ONLY IMAGINE THE DESPERATION THAT THEY MUST FEEL TO MAKE THAT DECISION TO RISK THEIR LIVES, AND THAT OF THEIR CHILDREN, TO LOOK FOR SAFETY. TO LOOK FOR A BETTER LIFE. >> THE SUPREME COURT IS STILL DECIDING ON WHETHER THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION CAN AND A TRUMP ERA BORDER POLICY KNOWN AS REMAIN-IN-MEXICO. CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THAT POLICY AND WHAT HAPPENS IF IT'S TERMINATED? >> THE REMAIN-IN-MEXICO POLICY, ALSO KNOWN AS MPP MIGRANT PROTECTION PARTICLE HAS BEEN CONTROVERSIAL FROM THE START AS BEEN DEEMED INHUMANE, AND HAS FORCED THOUSANDS TO SET UP MAKESHIFT CAMPS IN UNSANITARY AND DANGEROUS CONDITIONS. THE PANDEMIC MADE IT MORE DIFFICULT. BORDER TOWNS AND MEXICO ARE AMONG THE MOST DANGEROUS IN THE COUNTRY. THE PRESENCE OF CRIMINAL GANGS. MANY BECOME SO DESPERATE WAITING THAT THE RISK CROSSING ILLEGALLY. THE CONSEQUENCES COULD BE TRAGIC. AS WE SAW WITH THE DEATH OF THE 51 MIGRANTS AND SAN ANTONIO. -- SO LIFTING THE REMAINING -- COULD ACTUALLY SAVE LIVES. ALL RIGHT, WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME TODAY, THANK YOU. >> THANK YOU. >> AND WE HAVE BREAKING NEWS, THE SUPREME COURT HAS RULED STATES CAN PROSECUTE CRIMES AGAINST NATIVE AMERICAN VICTIMS COMMITTED A NATIVE AMERICAN RESERVATIONS IF THE DEFENDANT IS NOT NATIVE AMERICAN. THE 5 TO 4 DECISION CENTERED ON OKLAHOMA'S PROSECUTION OF A NON NATIVE AMERICAN MEN CONVICTED OF FOR MORE ON THIS I WANT TO BRING IN HOW SIGNIFICANT IS THIS DECISION? >> A SIGNIFICANT DECISION THEY, AND FOR INDIAN RIGHTS. THIS CASE WAS A LONG RUNNING DISPUTES BETWEEN THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA AND THE CHEROKEE TRIBE. HALF OF OKLAHOMA'S TRAVEL AND. THE SUPREME COURT SAID, TODAY, IS THAT THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA CAN EXERCISE SOME 70. LAW ENFORCEMENT POWER INSIDE THESE RESERVATIONS IS A SIGNIFICANT ROLLBACK OF TRIBAL AUTHORITY ON THEIR OWN LANDS. TWO YEARS AFTER THE SUPREME COURT SAID THAT TRIBES HAVE EXCLUSIVE AUTHORITY ON THEIR LANDS. SO THE SUPREME COURT ROLLING BACK A DECISION A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, A SETBACK TO TRAVEL PATTERNS, AND HE SAID THIS WAS A BLOW TO THE TRIBE IN A SCENE ON THE COURT. >> IN ANOTHER DECISION TODAY, THE SUPREME COURT ALSO RULED IN FAVOR OF VETERANS RETURNING TO STATE JABS. >> HUGE RELIEF FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND THE PENTAGON, IN THIS CASE INVOLVED A FORMER TEXAS MAN WHO SERVED IN IRAQ, HE SUFFERED BRONCHITIS FROM THE BURN PITS THERE, WHEN HE RETURNED TO THE UNITED STATES IN IRAQ, HE WANTED TO GET HIS JOB BACK. HE WAS DENIED, ESSENTIALLY, BY THE TEXAS TROOPERS BECAUSE OF HIS NEW CONDITION THAT HE HAD GOTTEN DURING DUTY. HE SUED THE STATES. THE STATE SAID WE CAN'T SEE, WE ARE IMMUNE. AND THE SUPREME COURT SAID, YES YOU CAN. JUSTICE BREYER HAD THIS OPINION HE SAID, WHEN STATES SIGNED UP TO BE THE UNION BACK IN DEFENDING. THEY AGREED TO WAIVE THEIR IMMUNITY BECAUSE RAISING AN ARMY IS SO IMPORTANT FOR ALL OF OUR DEFENSE. IT'S A BIG WIN FOR THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. TODAY >> WE APPRECIATE, ALWAYS, THANK YOU. >> AND PRESIDENT BIDEN SAYS THE U.S. IS ENHANCING ITS MILITARY PRESENCE IN EASTERN EUROPE. THE MOVE IS AIMED AT BOLSTERING REGIONAL SECURITY AFTER RUSSIAN INVASION OF UKRAINE. EARLIER I SPOKE WITH NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCILS SO TRAGIC COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, JOHN KIRBY, ABOUT WHAT THAT MEANS. >> BUT THE PRESIDENTS AND DANCING TODAY WILL KEEP US, FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE, ON ABOUT 100,000 TROOPS. TWO EXTRA DESTROYERS WILL BE BASED OUT OF SPAIN. TO F-35 FIGHTERS WILL BE BASED IN THE UK. AND NOW IN COMMAND POSTS OF A HEADQUARTERS ELEMENT. PERMANENTLY BASED IN POLAND. THAT'S A MAJOR MUSCLE MOVE. THAT'S SOMETHING WE JUST HAVEN'T DONE AT ALL IN RECENT YEARS SO THESE ARE SIGNIFICANT FORCE POSTURE CHANGES. >> I WANT TO BRING IN WHITE HOUSE CHIEF CORRESPONDENT -- THE ANNOUNCEMENT COMES AS THE PRESIDENT IS IN MADRID FOR THE NATO SUMMIT. WHAT DOES THIS TELL YOU ABOUT THE ADMINISTRATION'S COMMITMENT TO UKRAINE'S NATO NEIGHBORS? WHERE DOES IT MEAN FOR THE THOUSANDS OF SERVICE MEMBERS DEPLOYED? THERE >> YEAH, DIANE, YOU CAN TELL THEY'RE TRYING TO SEND A MESSAGE. THIS WAS A MAJOR MUSCLE MOVEMENT. IT'S INTERESTING THAT THOSE TROOPS IN POLAND, NOW, THE FIRST PERSONAL -- THINK BACK TO YOU BEFORE DRESSES INVASION OF UKRAINE. WE HEARD PRESIDENT PUTIN TALK ABOUT HOW NATO IS ENCROACHING, BECOMING MORE OF A THREAT TO RUSSIA'S BORDERS. CONCERNED ABOUT A BUILDUP OF NATO TROOPS. THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT HE'S GOTTEN. NOW THE UNITED STATES SENDING MORE PERMANENT TROOPS TO POLAND, CLEARLY TRYING TO SEND A MESSAGE. >> AND TURKEY HAS PAVED THE WAY FOR FINLAND AND SWEDEN TO JOIN NATO. WHAT'S THE SIGNIFICANCE OF HAVING THEM JOIN THE ALLIANCE, AND WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR THE SECURITY OVERALL? >> THE UNITED STATES REALLY CELEBRATING THE STATEMENT. THEY'RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS SINCE SWEDEN AND FINLAND SAYING THEY WERE FIRST INTERESTED IN THIS. IT REALLY SHOWS THAT NEED HAS BECOME SO MUCH MORE POPULAR IN EUROPE. YOU CAN REMEMBER THAT THOSE TWO LEADERS SAT NEXT TO THE PRESIDENT AT THE WHITE HOUSE, WHEN THEY FIRST APPLIED FOR MEMBERSHIP. BIDEN WANTING TO PHYSICALLY SHOW HIS SUPPORT. NOW IT SHOWS THEY WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE ALLIANCE. WHAT IT MEANS FOR THAN IS THAT WHEN THIS IS ALL SAID AND DONE THEY WILL HAVE THE PROTECTION, THE COLLECTIVE PROTECTION OF THE NATO ALLIANCE. ARTICLE FIVE, IN ATTACK ON ONE IS AN ATTACK ON ALL. NATO TROOPS, IN THEORY, WOULD HAVE TO BE THERE TO PROTECT THEM AND THEIR BORDERS, AS WELL. >> ALL RIGHT MARY, WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME, THANK YOU. >> AND NOW TO THE LATEST ON THAT NEW TESTIMONY FROM THE JANUARY SIX COMMITTEE HEARINGS. CASSIDY HUTCHINSON, A FORMER AIDE TO DONALD TRUMP'S CHIEF OF STAFF, TESTIFIED THAT MARK MEADOWS SAID DAYS AHEAD OF TIME THE JANUARY SIX COULD GET, QUOTE, REAL, REAL BAD. SHE SAID TRUMP KNEW HIS SUPPORTERS WERE ARMED. HE TRIED TO GET METAL DETECTORS TURNED OFF SO THEY COULD JOIN THE RALLY. AND WANTED TO GO TO THE CAPITOL, HIMSELF. FOR MORE ON THE JANUARY SIX HEARING, I WANNA BRING IN ABC'S ALEX BRUSH. ALEX, A LOT OF ATTENTION IS BEING CALLED TO THE CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT DID OR DID HAPPEN TO THE VEHICLE. BUT THERE IS MORE TO THE TESTIMONY. DO YOU THINK HUTCHINSON DID ENOUGH HERE TO SHOW THAT WHITE HOUSE OFFICIALS KNEW WHAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN ON JANUARY 6TH? OR AT LEAST THERE IS A PENTAGONAL FOR VIOLENCE? AND THEY PURPOSELY DID NOTHING TO STOP? >> DIANE, I THINK HER TESTIMONY POINTS OUT A NUMBER OF POINTS. WE HAVE THE POSSIBILITY OF VIOLENCE WAS DISCUSSED WITHIN THE FORMER ADMINISTRATION. NOTHING WAS DONE ABOUT IT, RIGHT? THEY TALKED ABOUT THE INTELLIGENCE COMING IN PRIOR TO JANUARY SIX ABOUT SOME OF THE WEAPONS THAT POLICE OFFICERS AND LAW ENFORCEMENT HAD SEEN AROUND THE CAPITAL. SOME OF THE CHATTER ONLINE AND HOW THAT COULD BE POTENTIALLY VIOLENT. SHE TESTIFIED ABOUT HOW THE PRESIDENT WANTED TO GET RID OF THE MEGS DOING HIS SPEECH TO FILL IN HIS CROWD. SO IF A PEEP PERSON DID WELL, WELL THEY'RE NOT HERE TO HURT ME. ALSO, SHE TALKED ABOUT, TESTIFIED ABOUT THE CONVERSATION OF PATS BALONEY, HAD WITH MARC MALONEY. SAYING THAT HE WOULD HAVE BLOOD ON HIS HANDS. PEOPLE WOULD DIE IF THIS ADMINISTRATION DIDN'T DO ANYTHING. >> NOW, HUTCHINSON'S TESTIMONY CAME AFTER THE COMMITTEE ORIGINALLY SAID THEY WERE GOING TO CAUCUS POSTPONE THE HEARINGS FOR A FEW WEEKS. THEN THEY ANNOUNCED THE SURPRISE HEARING, AND HERE COMES THIS TESTIMONY. WHAT HAPPENED THERE? WHEN I WENT INTO THE COMMITTEE 'S DECISION TO DO IT THIS WAY? WAS THIS FOR THEATRICS? IT WAS THERE SOMETHING LOGISTICAL THERE? >> I THINK, PART OF THIS IS CERTAINLY IMPACT, BUT A LOT OF THIS IS BEEN FLUID, RIGHT? WE KNEW THAT CASSIDY HUTCHINSON HAD BEEN IN NEGOTIATIONS FOR MONTHS ABOUT TESTIMONY. SHE HAD A CHANGE OF COUNCIL AT THE START OF THIS MONTH. SO THAT COULD HAVE PLAYED WITH THE TIMING, HERE. AND ALSO THINK IT WAS CRITICAL FOR THIS COMMITTEE TO HAVE HER TESTIMONY -- BEFORE THESE HEARINGS LATER ON IN JULY, AFTER THE JULY 4TH BREAK. THAT'S BECAUSE WE KNOW THAT WE'RE EXPECTING TO SEE FOOTAGE FROM THAT BRITISH DOCUMENTARY, THAT FILMMAKER ALEX HOLDER WHICH COULD FURTHER CONNECT SOME OF THESE DOTS. >> NOW, TRUMP AND ADMINISTRATION, PRESIDENT TRUMP AND SELF IN A FEW OF HIS INNER CIRCLE ARE PUSHING BACK AGAINST THIS TESTIMONY. THERE'S ONE WOMAN WHERE LIZ CHENEY ASKED ABOUT A HANDWRITTEN NOTE THAT SHE SAID WAS DICTATED BY MARK MEADOWS AND WRITTEN BY HER ABOUT A POTENTIAL STATEMENT FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP TO RELEASE DURING THE ATTACK ON THE CAPITOL. SHE SAID SHE WROTE THAT, THAT WAS HER HANDWRITING. NOW ERIC PERSON SAID HE WAS THE ONE WHO NOTE -- WROTE THIS NOTE. WITH THE REACTION IN WASHINGTON, TO THIS BACK AND FORTH, BUT ABOUT ATKINSON'S CREDIBILITY, IN GENERAL? >> CERTAINLY THOSE IN TRUMP'S INNER SEARCH WILL HAVE DONE THEIR BEST TO THROW COLD WATER ON CASSIDY HUTCHINSON'S TESTIMONY. TO QUESTION HER CREDIBILITY AND YOU SAW THAT A LITTLE BIT WITH THIS HANDWRITTEN NOTE. I CAN TELL YOU THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS SAID IT IS DONE ITS DUE DILIGENCE. IT'S FOUND THAT MISS HUTCHINSON'S ACCOUNT OF THE MATTER IS CREDIBLE WHILE WE UNDERSTAND THAT SHE AND MR. HERSCHMANN MAY HAVE HAD DIFFERENT RECOLLECTIONS OF WHO WROTE THAT NOTE. WHAT WE UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE IMMEDIATE UNSTRUCTURED -- WHICH SHOULD BE BUT THE PRESIDENT HAD -- THE UNSTRUCTURED SUPPORT TO LEAVE THE CAPITOL BUILDING. ALL RIGHT, ALEX PRESHA, THANK YOU. COMING UP, TODAY MARKS 30 YEARS SINCE THE SUPREME COURT RULED AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD VERSUS CASEY. REAFFIRMING A WOMAN'S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO ABORTION. WE'RE GOING TO SPEAK TO A DOCTOR ABOUT THAT CASE AND HOW THE OVERTURNING OF IT AND ROE V. WADE WILL I STREAMING LIVE AE ON ALL PLATFORMS. WELCOME BACK. 30 YEARS AGO TODAY, IN 1992, THE SUPREME COURT RULED IN FAVOR OF PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF SOUTHEASTERN PENNSYLVANIA VERSUS CASEY. REAFFIRMING A WOMAN'S CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO AN ABORTION. IN THE 1973 DECISION ON ROE V. WADE. THAT DECISION ESSENTIALLY REASSERTED THAT STATES CANNOT PROHIBIT ABORTIONS BEFORE FETAL VIABILITY. THE POINT WHEN A FETUS COULD OUTSIDE -- WHICH IS NOW ABOUT 23 WEEKS. CHIEF HEALTH CARE OFFICER FOR THE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN MEDICAL COLLEGES, DOCTOR JANICE ORLOVSKY JOINS ME LIVE NOW FOR MORE ON THIS. DOCTOR ORLOVSKY, THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. HOW SIGNIFICANT WAS THIS DAY IN HISTORY AND WHAT'S YOUR REACTION TO THAT RULING AND ROE ITSELF NOW BEING OVERTURNED? >> WE HAVE SIGNIFICANT CONCERNS ABOUT ROE BEING OVERTURNED. BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THAT IN INTERFERENCE WITH US PROVIDING THE BEST MEDICAL ADVICE FOR WOMEN. WHAT WE ARE SEEING IS THAT ABOUT 40 TO 50% OF SCREENING PROGRAMS FOR GYNECOLOGISTS RESIDENTS WILL LIKELY BE AFFECTED BECAUSE THEY ARE IN STATES THAT HAVE ALREADY HAD LAWS AGAINST A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO AN ABORTION. THAT WILL IMPACT TRAINING, THAT WILL IMPACT OUR ABILITY TO HAVE A COMPETENCY ACROSS THE UNITED STATES FOR OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY DOCTORS. >> CRITICS OR I SHOULD SAY SUPPORTERS OF THE DECISION HAVE POINTED TO OTHER OPTIONS FOR WOMEN WHO WANT ABORTIONS. THINGS LIKE ADOPTION AND OTHER SUPPORT SERVICES. WHAT'S YOUR REACTION TO THAT, WHAT ARE ALTERNATIVES ARE THERE FOR WOMEN SEEKING ABORTIONS? >> I THINK THAT THE PROBLEM IS THAT PEOPLE ARE LOOKING AT THIS VERY NARROWLY IN A SITUATION WHERE THERE MIGHT BE A DECISION FOR -- YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND IS THAT THE DNC PROCEDURES USED IN MANY DIFFERENT GYNECOLOGICAL SITUATIONS MIGHT BE USED WHEN, WHEN A WOMAN'S LIFE IS AT RISK. FOR AN ECTOPIC PREGNANCY, FOR A MISCARRIAGE. SO THERE NEEDS TO BE THE ABILITY FOR A PHYSICIAN AND HIS OR HER PATIENT TO EXPLORE ALL OF THE DIFFERENT OPTIONS TO TAKE A LOOK AT THOSE AT RISK AND THEN MAKE A DECISION AS TO WHAT'S BEST. >> DOCTOR JANICE WALENSKY, WE APPRECIATE TIME TODAY. AND I KNOW YOU'RE RETIRING SOON, CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU. >> THANK YOU. >> ALL RIGHT, COMING UP. IT IS SENTENCING DAY FOR DISGRACED SINGER R. KELLY. WHAT TO EXPECT IN COURT TODAY NOISE ABOUT TEAM IS ASKING>> THF OUR TIME, ANYTIME. NIGHTLINE. WELCOME BACK. SINGER R. KELLY IS BEING SENTENCED TODAY AND COULD FACE LIFE IN PRISON. HE WAS CONVICTED OF RACKETEERING AND OTHER CHARGES IN CONNECTION WITH RECRUITING WOMEN AND CHILDREN FOR SEX. HIS ATTORNEYS ASKING FOR FEWER THAN 14 YEARS IN PRISON. CITING HIS TRAUMATIC CHILDHOOD. LET'S BRING IN SENIOR VATICAN REPORTER AND KATERSKY AND ABC NEWS CONTRIBUTOR MANAGING PARTNER FOR THE CUP -- AS WELL AS ABC NEWS CONTRIBUTOR AND SIRIUS XM RADIO HOST MIKE MUSE FOR A LITTLE BIT MORE ON THIS. ERIN, I WANT TO START WITH YOU. WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM THE COURT PROCEEDINGS TODAY? WELL WE HEAR FROM ACCUSERS? >> WE ARE GOING TO HEAR FROM THE ACCUSERS. THEY FILED UNDER LAW ENFORCEMENT ESCORT INTO BROOKLYN FEDERAL COURT WHERE R. KELLY IS FACING SENTENCING. PROSECUTORS WANT HIM TO SPEND AT LEAST 25 YEARS IF NOT MORE IN PRISON. AND IN 55, THAT COULD PUT HIM IN PRISON FOR MUCH OF THE REST OF HIS LIFE. THE DEFENSE IS ASKING FOR NO MORE THAN TEN YEARS SAYING HE HAD A TRAUMATIC CHILDHOOD HIMSELF. BUT IF YOU LISTEN TO PROSECUTORS, THEY SAID THAT R. KELLY PUT HIS FAME AND WEALTH TO WORK. TO LURE WOMEN AND GIRLS INTO HIS ORBIT. AND THAT HE SUBJECTED THEM TO PSYCHOLOGICAL MANIPULATION AND PHYSICAL AND SEXUAL ABUSE. THE VICTIMS ARE GOING TO SAY HOW THAT IMPACTED THEIR LIVES. MANY OF THEM MAY MAKE STATEMENTS INSIDE A COURT AFTERWARDS. AND THIS IS AFTER 30 EARS OF SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS THAT HAVE DOGGED R. KELLY. THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME DIANA HE'S ACTUALLY BEEN PUNISHED FOR THEM. >> SHAUNA, THIS ARGUMENT BY DEFENSE ATTORNEY THAT HE HAD A TRAUMATIC CHILDHOOD, HOW LIKELY IS THAT TO HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE SENTENCING? >> SO THESE ARGUMENTS ABOUT HIS CHILDHOOD ARE WHAT WE CALL MITIGATION. THEY'RE MITIGATION FACTORS THAT ARE INTENDED TO PERSUADE THE COURAGE TO LOOK TOWARDS THE MORE LENIENT SENTENCE THAN THEY WOULD OTHERWISE LOOK AT. THEY CAN BE PERSUASIVE BUT IN THE CASE OF THIS MAGNITUDE, WHERE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT 30 YEARS AND OF THESE LEVEL OF CHARGES, I AM CURIOUS TO SEE HOW IT'S GOING TO FALL ON THE COURT BECAUSE I DON'T THINK IT'S GOING TO HAVE THE LEVEL OF IMPACT THAT THE DEFENSE IS HOPING FOR. >> AND MIKE, R. KELLY WAS SOME OF THE BIGGEST STARS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. THESE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HIM GO BACK DECADES. HOW MUCH OF AN IMPACT DID SURVIVING R. KELLY, THE DOCUMENTARY, PLAY IN GETTING HERE? >> SURVIVING R. KELLY FOR ME WAS THE KEY INDICATOR THAT ALLOWED US TO GET HERE. NEVER BEFORE HAD WE SEEN ALL THE ACCUSERS TOGETHER, VICTIMS TOGETHER AT ONE TIME TELLING THEIR STORY OVER A SIX-PART SERIES. AND WHEN YOU HEAR THAT OVER AND OVER, SIX PARTS, YOU CANNOT HELP BUT BE MOVED BY THEIR STORIES. YOU CANNOT HELP BE BY THE PAIN. YOU CAN'T HELP BUT BE MOVED BY WHAT TRAUMA THEY WERE EXPERIENCING. AND AS A RESULT OF THAT, IT MADE EVERYBODY PAUSE AND QUESTIONED EVERY CONSUMER, EVERY ARTISTS, EVERY FAN IN TERMS OF HOW WE'VE EVER EXPERIENCED IN R. KELLY ALBUM AND SONG AND MADE US SAY SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE. >> AARON, WHAT HAPPENS AFTER TODAY? IS THIS THE END OF THE R. KELLY CASE OR COULD THERE BE MORE TO COME? >> THERE'S MORE TO COME BECAUSE HE FACES ADDITIONAL CHARGES IN OTHER STATES AND THE DEFENSE IS ALSO SAYING THAT R. KELLY HIMSELF, AFTER NOT TESTIFYING AT TRIAL, MAY MAKE A STATEMENT IN COURT AHEAD OF A SENTENCING. WE'LL SEE WHAT HE HAS TO SAY. >> ERIC HUNTER SKI, SHAUNA LOYD, MIKE MUSE, THANK YOU. AND THANK YOU AT-HOME FOR JOINING US. I ENDED MACEDO. DO STAY WITH US AS ABC NEWS LIVE CONTINUES WITH MORE NEWS, CONTEXT AND ANALYSIS.

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