S1 E13. Woman and Abortion Access: Carole Joffe & David S. Cohen, Obstacle Course

S1 E13. Woman and Abortion Access: Carole Joffe & David S. Cohen, Obstacle Course

Abortion is a topic that generates a lot of emotion, so in this episode we’re looking at the facts. Today I talk with Carole Joffe and David S. Cohen about their book, Obstacle Course: The Everyday Struggle to Get an Abortion in America

Getting an abortion in the United States of America can be a monumental challenge. From forced ultrasounds and dishonest medical information, to arbitrary waiting periods and harassing protesters, Carole and David tell the story of abortion in America, capturing a disturbing reality of insurmountable barriers people face when trying to exercise their legal rights to medical services. Based on patients’ stories as well as interviews with abortion providers and allies from every state in the country, Obstacle Course reveals the unstoppable determination required of women in the pursuit of reproductive autonomy as well as the incredible commitment of abortion providers. 

Some topics of discussion include:

  1. Basic facts about abortion - public sentiment, demographics, prevalence, safety, how long it has been around 
  2. What some of these (irrational and unscientific) obstacles are and where they come from
  3. How Crisis Pregnancy Centres (aka fake abortion clinics) have more legal rights than real abortion clinics
  4. Falsehoods surrounding “later abortions” and what the reality is
  5. What happens to women and pregnant people that are not able to get the abortions they want
  6. The future and we talk about what we can do as individuals

And more!

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