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Restrictive abortion laws in Texas and Mississippi jeopardize women's health and burden low-income women and girls of color

In July, abortion rights advocates marched in Austin, Texas, to protest legislation that could shut down all but five abortion clinics and restrict abortion rights throughout the state.
In July, abortion rights advocates marched in Austin, Texas, to protest legislation that could shut down all but five abortion clinics and restrict abortion rights throughout the state.

On this edition of Your Call, we'll discuss the fallout from the restrictive abortion laws in Texas and Mississippi. New data shows a 60 percent drop in abortions just a month after the six-week ban in Texas took effect. Providers in neighboring states say they saw an immediate increase in appointments and are now struggling to keep up with demand. Driving or flying to another state can be expensive, which makes obtaining an abortion incredibly difficult for low-income women and girls and people of color.

In December, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the constitutionality of Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban, which provides no exceptions for rape or incest. That case presents a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, and abortion advocates are bracing themselves for the possibility that Roe could be overturned this June. If that happens, 21 states would ban most or all abortions, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Guests:

Amy Littlefield, abortion access correspondent for The Nation, contributor for Reveal, and freelancer covering reproductive health

Michelle Colón, executive director of Sheroes, Sisters Helping Every Sister Rise and Organize

Dr. Michele Bratcher Goodwin, Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law, author of several books, including Policing The Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood, and host of the Ms. Magazine podcast, On the Issues with Michele Goodwin. In November, Professor Goodwin published a New York Times op-ed called I Was Raped by My Father. An Abortion Saved My Life

Web Resources:

Washington Post: Texas patients are rushing to get abortions before the state’s six-week limit. Clinics are struggling to keep up.

Reveal: A Strike at the Heart of Roe

KTLA: Texas abortions dropped 60% after heartbeat law took effect

New York Times: Where the Pro-Choice Movement Went Wrong

The New Republic: Texas Republicans Can't Stop All Medical Abortions

Vice: Inside Texas’s Underground Abortion Pill Network

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.