Pills: The New Frontier For Anti-Abortion Attack
Many at the forefront of the abortion access movement(s) predicted overturning Roe v. Wade would be the tip of the iceberg on legislation curbing bodily autonomy and reproductive freedom — and they were right. In March 2023, Texas U.S. District Judge Matthew Kacsmaryk appeared sympathetic to arguments from the anti-abortion coalition the Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine in a case that is attempting to overturn the FDA’s approval of the abortion pill mifepristone – one of two pills used for a medical abortion, which accounts for over half of U.S. abortions.
In this bonus episode, you’ll hear from Plan C Pills co-founder Elisa Wells, Imani Wilson Shabazz, and Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, CEO of Power to Decide about the safety of abortion pills and how to access them during this contentious period. In addition, listeners will go on a journey with a young woman in Alabama who receives her first abortion pill from Dr. Diane Horvath on her last trip to Alabama to perform abortions before the overturn of Roe v. Wade.
Special thanks to Dr. Diane Horvath from Partners in Abortion Care, Elisa Wells, Imani Wilson Shabazz from Plan C Pills, and Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley, CEO of Power to Decide. Special thanks to all of those who shared their stories with us. Go to plancpills.org to learn how to access abortion pills. If you live in a restrictive state, go to AidAccess.org to learn how to access abortion resources. Need help funding your abortion check out the National Network of Abortion Funds and the Abortion Freedom Fund. Need advice or have questions about a miscarriage or abortion, go to M+A Hotline. Have legal questions, connect with Repro Legal Helpline. Access trusted abortion care information at AbortionFinder.org and reproductive health information at Bedsider.org.
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. Charity Tooze produced this bonus episode. Lynn Hughes wrote the script, and Bruno Falcon edited the episode. Pidge Productions provided production services. Charity Tooze leads impact strategy. Tatiana St. Phard is the narrator, and the original music was composed by Valeri Ortiz.