Episode 5: When ROE FELL
This special episode chronicles the weeks leading up to the fall of Roe v. Wade on June 24th, 2022. For months, abortion providers have been anticipating the SCOTUS decision that will overturn Roe v. Wade. In some states, clinics have already gotten a taste of a post-Roe world due to total bans — like in Oklahoma. Elsewhere, clinic staff work tirelessly to help as many people as possible get their abortion care before clinics are forced to shutter their doors.
This special episode chronicles the weeks leading up to the fall of Roe v. Wade on June 24th, 2022. In Tulsa, a newly equipped clinic has a sudden, drastic decline in patients seeking abortion care as a total ban on abortion at conception takes effect in Oklahoma. Dr. Diane Horvath, a traveling abortion doctor, flies to Montgomery, AL, to perform her final abortion procedures before it is criminalized. In Texas, Drs. Curtis and Glenna Boyd, a dynamic husband-and-wife duo who have played a huge role in providing reproductive choice for decades, grapple with the possible closure of their Dallas clinic on the day Roe falls and how they will comfort their staff. We hear from clinic directors, nurses, and staff in TX, AZ, NM, AL, TN, and LA as they express their rage, disappointment, and heartbreak about Roe’s reversal after nearly 50 years as a constitutional right, and what the future may hold for reproductive freedom in the U.S.
Thank you to the Co-Directors of the Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center Dr. Curtis Boyd and Dr. Glenna Boyd, the Tulsa Women’s Clinic Founder Dr. Alan Braid, Exec Director Andrea Gallegos, and nurse Tiffany Taylor, Dr. Diane Horvath, Nurse Brittany Johnson at Hope Medical in Shreveport, Patient Advocate Becky at the Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health, Dr. Goodrick, the entire staff at Camelback Family Planning and Lead Administrator Addie Martinez, and to Planned Parenthood. Special thanks to all those who have shared their stories with us. Some names and voices were changed to protect identities.
Since this episode was recorded, Roe v. Wade was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. Go to AbortionFinder.org to get up-to-date information on where to access an abortion. Go to Plan C Pills to learn how to access abortion pills. Explore National Abortion Funds to inquire about funding support and Planned Parenthood’s Ban Off our Bodies to get involved.
This podcast is brought to you by Population Media Center. Executive Producers are Lisa Caruso and Alex Demyanenko, with Co-Producer Kathleen Bedoya and Associate Producer Dominica Ruelas. This episode was field produced by Joanna Friedman and Charity Tooze, edited by Lynn Hughes with production services provided by Pidge Productions. Production coordination is by June Neely. Charity Tooze leads impact strategy. The narration is by Tatiana St. Phard. Original music is composed by Valeri Ortiz.