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The private equity investors behind the abortion pill

Photo courtesy of Mother Jones

On this edition of Your Call’s Media Roundtable, Mother Jones reporter Hannah Levintova discusses her recent investigation about the history of Danco Labs, the maker of mifepristone, and how a secretive group of investors have profited handsomely from a medication that is used in about half of all abortions nationwide.

Levintova writes that over the last two decades, mifepristone’s dramatic origin story has made its way into books and the pages of the New York Times, but the tale of who funded this effort to legally bring it to women across the country and what benefits the funders might reap from their investments, has been mostly kept quiet. This was, in part, because the 1990s were the apex of anti-abortion violence, so investors required secrecy. It was also because the funding sources seemed like a minor plot point in a project that had the potential to transform reproductive health care for millions.


Hannah Levintova, award-winning investigative reporter at Mother Jones

Web Resources:

Mother Jones: The Abortion Pill’s Secret Money Men

Malihe Razazan is the senior producer of KALW's daily call-in program, Your Call.
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.