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As Roe turns 50, abortion is banned or restricted in 17 states

On this edition of Your Call, we mark the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade by discussing the country's current landscape. Abortion is banned or restricted in 17 Republican controlled states. A total of 24 states are expected to ban or heavily restrict access to abortion soon, according to the Guttmacher Institute.

Republicans in Arkansas and Oklahoma recently introduced bills that would allow authorities to criminally prosecute those seeking abortion care.

The fallout from these bans and restrictions has been devastating, especially for women and girls of color, people in rural areas, those who can’t afford to travel for care, and women with pregnancy complications. How are reproductive justice advocates responding?


Jessica Mason Pieklo, senior vice president and executive editor of the Rewire News Group, and co-host of the podcast Boom! Lawyered

Becca Andrews, investigative journalist with Reckon News, and author of No Choice: The Destruction of Roe v. Wade and the Fight to Protect a Fundamental American Right

Carter Sherman, senior reporter covering gender and sexuality for VICE News

Web Resources:

VICE: Abortion Pills, Prayer, and *NSYNC: Inside Anti-Abortion Activists’ Weekend of Celebrating and Pleading

VICE: This Attorney General Says He Can Prosecute People for Getting Abortions

VICE: This Teen Was Raped in a State That Has an Abortion Exception. She Still Couldn't Get One.

VICE: The FDA Just Changed Its Rules on the Abortion Pill. What Does That Actually Mean?

Rewire: What does it mean to lose an anniversary of your rights?

Rewire: Birth Justice Advocates Finds New Challenges—and Opportunities—Post-‘Roe'

Reckon: The United States is not prepared for a surge of post-Roe babies

The New York Times: Most Abortion Bans Include Exceptions. In Practice, Few Are Granted

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.
Bee Soll is a producer with Your Call at KALW, and a producer, writer, and editor at KCBS Radio in San Francisco. She is a former reporter for Crosscurrents and contributor at KPFA Radio.