The Waves

Protecting Abortion Is Vital for the Economy

When it comes to ending the right to an abortion, women’s ability to make a living is at stake.


Episode Notes

On this week’s episode of The Waves, Slate senior editor for Jurisprudence Nicole Lewis is joined by Slate Money co-host and correspondent for Axios Emily Peck to talk about the economic implications of overturning Roe v. Wade. A leaked Supreme Court draft opinion shows the court has the votes to abolish the constitutional right to abortion, which Roe established in 1973. Our hosts dig into all the ways ending abortion will undermine women’s economic gains and participation in the workforce, including gains that conservatives champion—like low rates of teenage motherhood, stable homes and being able to work and provide for yourself. And finally, they look at how eliminating the right to an abortion would disproportionately impact poor women and women of color.

Mentioned in the Episode:

The Horrifying Implications of Alito’s Most Alarming Footnote” by Dahlia Lithwick

Overturning Roe Could Reverse Economic Gains” by Emily Peck

National Network of Abortion Funds

In Slate Plus: Are Brazillian Butt Lifts feminist?


Nicole: The Netflix series Bonding.

Emily: All kinds of gummy candy, from bears to sour worms.

Podcast production by Cheyna Roth with editorial oversight by Shannon Palus and Alicia Montgomery.

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Each week a pair of writers and guests talk through one news story we can’t stop thinking about, and unpack what gender has to do with it.

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  • Emily Peck is a veteran journalist who has worked as a writer and editor at national outlets like HuffPost, the Wall Street Journal, and the American Lawyer.

  • Nicole Lewis is a Slate senior editor.