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States with abortion bans have the worst social safety programs

On this edition of Your Call's Media Roundtable, we discuss continuing attacks on reproductive rights and the economic and health implications for women and families who live in states where abortion is restricted or banned.

The states that have banned abortion are the same ones that do the least to help pregnant people and new parents make ends meet, according to In These Times.

Eight of the 14 states that now ban abortion also fail to ensure pregnant workers have the right to workplace accommodations. None have guaranteed paid maternity and paternity leave or paid sick days, and five have refused to extend postpartum Medicaid coverage for mothers in the first year after giving birth — an extremely critical period for parents.


Amy Littlefield, abortion access correspondent at The Nation

Bryce Covert, award winning independent journalist

Web Resources:

In These Times: What It's Like to Have an Abortion Denied by Dobbs

Columbia Journalism Review: Everywhere and Nowhere

ABC: Tennessee woman gets emergency hysterectomy after doctors deny early abortion care

NBC: North Carolina’s abortion law may make traveling to end a pregnancy impossible for some in the South

The New York Times: Tracking the States Where Abortion Is Now Banned

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.