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As the US continues to pass extreme abortion bans, Latin American countries legalize access

Activists supporting the decriminalization of abortion in Mexico march in Guadalajara, Mexico, on September 28, 2019. Mexico's Supreme Court has ruled that it is unconstitutional to punish abortion.
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Activists supporting the decriminalization of abortion in Mexico march in Guadalajara, Mexico, on September 28, 2019.

On this edition of Your Call, we'll discuss the continued attacks on abortion and the very real possibility that Roe could be overturned in the United States. If that happens, 26 states would ban most or all abortions, including Idaho, Louisiana, Utah, and Ohio.

As extreme bans continue to pass in the US, Columbia, Argentina, and Mexico are moving forward by legalizing or decriminalizing abortion. It's taken decades of grassroots activism. We'll find out how they did it.

Guests:

Shefali Luthra, reporter for The 19th, covering health policy and gender

Giselle Carino, chief executive of Fos Feminista, an alliance of more than 135 organizations worldwide advancing sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice for women, girls, and gender diverse people through healthcare and activism

Web Resources:

The 19th: Experts say Biden could use executive powers to protect abortion access

The 19th: Idaho and Oklahoma expected to be first states to pass Texas-inspired six-week abortion bans

The 19th: Majority of abortions in 2020 were via medication, new data analysis shows

Thomson Reuters Foundation News: Salvadoran woman freed from jail after 30-year abortion sentence

Vice: Colombia Becomes Third Latin American Nation to Decriminalize Abortion

Vice: Mexico’s Supreme Court Votes to Decriminalize Abortion

Vice: Argentina Just Legalized Abortion in Landmark Decision for Latin America

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.