Podcasts to Better Understand Abortion Rights and Reproductive Justice.

In the last few days, social media and news sites have been discussing abortion rights and reproductive justice because of legislation like Alabama’s near-total abortion ban. Abortion and reproductive justice have been dividing issues for years now, with it becoming more difficult for folks around the country to get proper reproductive care, including abortions. Restricting legal abortion care and criminalizing any sort of reproductive care is inhumane, unjust, and exceptionally cruel.

Here are some amazing podcast episodes about abortion, reproductive justice, and health care for anyone looking to learn more about these issues:

Call Your Girlfriend

This show hosted by two long-distance besties has been a feminist production since the beginning over five years ago. In addition to talking about all sorts of feminist issues, Ann and Aminatou have talked about abortion and reproductive justice on a few episodes. Here are some of those episodes:

Abortion Is Our Right (March 15, 2019) is all about abortion rights and the current attacks on reproductive justice. In addition to talking with each other, Ann and Aminatou talk with activist Renee Bracey Sherman and JANE collective member Judith Arcana.

Under His Iowa (May 18, 2018) is about a few different things but including in this episode is conversations around Iowa’s ‘fetal heartbeat’ bill and the now successful repeal of the Irish constitutional ban on abortion.

I-U-DIDN’T! (November 24, 2017) is about IUDs, health care, and reproductive freedom, in addition to so many other things.

Of course, Call Your Girlfriend has an incredible backlog of episodes about all sorts of issues, including the importance of friendship/chosen family, health care (including women’s pain), freelance life and making a business out of a podcast, and social media. They’ve also talked with icons like Gloria Steinem, Margeret Atwood, Hillary Clinton, Samin Nosrat, and so many others.


Bitch Media’s Popaganda and BackTalk

Bitch Magazine has been an indie feminist magazine for more than 20 years. In the two decades since Lisa Jervis and Andi Zeisler started Bitch, the feminist media company has expanded to online content, a full-length quarterly magazine, and a two-part podcast. Popaganda is an in-depth journalistic series about different topics like family, immigration, money, health care, and so much more. Back Talk is a more causal podcast where two Bitch editors get together to talk about feminist news and issues.

Popaganda: How Do We Talk About Abortion? (October 28, 2016) is about how we as a society collectively talk about what is actually a pretty standard medical procedure.

Popaganda: Where Abortion is Illegal is an episode about the countries and places around the world were abortion is illegal, including Chile. This episode about how folks in Chile work around the restrictive abortion laws.

Backtalk: Kesha & Abortion Rights is a more causal episode with Bitch editors Amy and Sarah talking about Kesha’s legal case against former producer Dr. Luke, anti-abortion laws in Texas, and the Supreme Court hearing arguments on restrictive targeted regulations of abortion providers laws.


The Longest Shortest Time

One Mom’s Late-Term Abortion shares the story of Margot Finn, a mother who went through a late-term abortion of a wanted pregnancy after her baby was diagnosed with a brain abnormality while still in the womb. Finn also wrote something for Slate about her experience and about her amazing medical team.


Terrible, Thanks for Asking

Incompatible With Life shares the story of Cat and Jim, a married couple who wanted to be parents and were excited to start their family. But at 32 weeks, Cat’s pregnancy takes a turn and sadly, these two have to plan for their son’s death before he’s even born.


The Abortion Diaries

This show is hosted by Melissa Madera, Ph.D and shares hundreds of stories from folks who have had abortions. Madera also talks with health care providers who help with reproductive issues, including abortion and one recent episode is with Dr. Nikia Grayson, a certified nurse midwife who is committed to the full spectrum of reproductive health care.

You can find ‘The Abortion Diaries’ wherever you get your podcasts and you can also read an interview that Madera did with Cosmopolitan in 2014 here.

All of these episodes and shows share complex and emotional stories about a complicated topic. Some deal with the termination of a wanted pregnancy for medical reasons while others discuss abortion and reproductive justice in a different light. Abortion is complicated but ultimately, a right that every person should have access to. Each episode above really shares how necessary safe and legal abortion with a supportive and informative health care team is.

When it comes to abortions and reproductive justice, the decision should ultimately be up to the person who is pregnant. Sometimes, that means deciding to have the baby and raise them while others might decide on adoption. Others know that abortion is the best option for them and safe, legal abortion should always be a choice for folks. Ijeoma Oluo is an amazing writer who recently tweeted about her decision to not have an abortion and how an abortion provider actually helped her make that decision. Having the resources, education, and support to make such a life-changing decision should be available to everyone.

If you want to support abortion rights and reproductive justice, there are some amazing groups you can volunteer or support:

Author: Andrea Merrill

My name is Andrea Merrill and I created Animals of the Pacific Northwest and '...Wherever You Get Your Podcasts', where I write about animals, both domesticated and wild, and podcasts respectively.

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