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The Diagnosis Was Fatal. She Couldn’t Get an Abortion.

Lauren Hall was traumatized by the lack of care. Now, she’s pregnant again—and suing the state.


Episode Notes

Two weeks after Roe v. Wade was overturned, Lauren Hall found out the baby she was carrying had a fatal condition: Her head and skull weren’t properly developing. Texas’ three overlapping bans on abortion forced her to fly to Washington to terminate the unviable pregnancy. With the Center for Reproductive Rights, she’s now one of five plaintiffs suing the state, so no one else will have to go through what she did.

Guest: Lauren Hall, plaintiff suing the state of Texas over its abortion bans.

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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.