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The Crisis of Trust That Dobbs Created

A ruptured ectopic pregnancy left a Texas woman wondering if her treatment was delayed because of her state’s abortion ban.

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Episode Notes

New abortion restrictions following the repeal of Roe v. Wade have turned some methods of reproductive care into criminal liabilities. After a traumatic ectopic pregnancy, one Texas woman is wondering whether state laws delayed her diagnosis and treatment, ultimately leaving her with a ruptured fallopian tube.

Guest: Fatima Abdelwahab of Houston.

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Podcast production by Mary Wilson, Elena Schwartz, Carmel Delshad, and Madeline Ducharme, with help from Anna Rubanova, Anna Phillips, and Jared Downing.

Update, Aug. 31, 2022: After this episode aired, Fatima Abdelwahab made two clarifications: First, that although she lost a fallopian tube, her fertility should not be significantly affected, according to her doctor. Second, that while Fatima searched for a Black obstetrician, the OB who treated her was white.

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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.