Our award-winning podcast The Response is back with a new audio documentary!
Abortion access has always been limited here in the United States, but since Roe v. Wade was overturned in June of this year and the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization decision held that the Constitution does NOT confer a right to abortion — things have gotten dramatically worse — especially in parts of the Southern United States, the Great Plains, and Midwest.
This year, despite the FDA’s new rule allowing retail pharmacies to get certified to distribute mifepristone, access to medication abortions have been further threatened as Wallgreens has recently announced they won’t distribute abortion pills in the 20+ states where Republican state attorneys general have threatened legal action. Even more alarming is that some of those states are places where abortion is still legal.
In the face of these new restrictions, trigger laws that have banned and criminalized abortion in many states — as well as state-sanctioned harassment and targeted campaigns against people seeking abortions — the centuries-old movement for reproductive rights and justice has only grown and strengthened.
“Abortion Access and Reproductive Justice in a Post-Roe Landscape,” takes a deep dive into how communities are responding to the growing abortion access crisis in the United States, sharing the stories of those impacted and highlighting a number of radical grassroots, mutual aid, and solidaristic efforts aimed at helping people access abortion in the places where it’s currently outlawed or restricted.
In addition to its release on The Response podcast, “Abortion Access and Reproductive Justice in a Post-Roe Landscape” has aired on one of the most influential independent radio stations in the United States, 94.1 KPFA (in the San Francisco Bay Area) during their International Women’s Day special programming on Saturday, March 11th 2023. A previous version of the documentary aired in 2-parts on the international Making Contact radio show on 150 stations across the United States, Canada, and Australia. The full station listing can be found here.
“Abortion Access and Reproductive Justice in a Post-Roe Landscape” features:
- Julie Amaon: Family medicine physician and the medical director for Just the Pill
- Jenice Fountain: Executive Director of Yellowhammer Fund
- Gulf South Plan B: Mutual Aid organization that distributes free emergency contraception in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and Mississippi
- Angel Jones: Recipient of medical abortion pills
- Laurie Roberts: Executive Director of Mississippi Reproductive Freedom Fund
- Series producer and writer: Robert Raymond
- Host and executive producer: Tom Llewellyn
- Additional music: Chris Zabriskie, Do Make Say Think, and Pele
- Original artwork was created by Bethan Mure
“Abortion Access and Reproductive Justice in a Post-Roe Landscape” is also available as 2-part mini series
In part 1, we explore organizations that are supporting women with transportation across state lines, mobile clinics, sending abortion pills in the mail, and providing the necessary funds to make these services accessible.
The full transcript of part 1 is available here.
This movement takes many forms, and in the second part of this series, we explore mutual aid efforts focusing on medical abortion pills and emergency contraception.
The full transcript of part 2 is available here.
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