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Does Roe v. Wade Stand a Chance?

The fight over abortion access is far from settled.


Episode Notes

Abortion bills are making their way through American statehouses. Last Wednesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a ban on abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. Before that, Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson instituted a ban on abortions from fertilization. And in the midst of these fights at the state level, the Supreme Court has announced it will take up a case challenging Roe v. Wade out of Mississippi.

With a conservative supermajority on the court, how imperiled is abortion access? Is it time to prepare for a world without Roe v. Wade?

Guest: Mark Joseph Stern, reporter on courts and the law for Slate.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Davis Land, Danielle Hewitt, Elena Schwartz and Carmel Delshad.


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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.