In this member-exclusive episode, Slow Burn’s Susan Matthews and Sol Werthan discuss the making of Episode 3. Then, Matthews interviews Slate senior writers Christina Cauterucci and Mark Joseph Stern about how abortion rights are already changing state by state, and what can be done if Roe v. Wade is overturned this year.
In the early 1970s, the future of abortion in America was far from settled. Some states were pushing to liberalize their laws. In others, women could be prosecuted for terminating a pregnancy. Unexpected and dramatic battles raged across the country, shaping the landscape of abortion—even before Roe v. Wade was decided.
For the seventh season of Slate’s Slow Burn, host Susan Matthews explores the path to Roe—a time when more Republicans than Democrats supported abortion rights. You’ll hear the forgotten story of the first woman ever to be convicted of manslaughter for having an abortion, the unlikely Catholic power couple who helped ignite the pro-life movement, and a rookie Supreme Court justice who got assigned the opinion of a lifetime.