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S2E2 Post-Roe v. Wade: How safe are UK abortion rights? - with Renee Bracey Sherman

Across the pond, the United States Supreme Court made the decision to overturn Roe v Wade, meaning 33 million women in America were stripped of the right to an abortion. Many US states have already introduced new restrictions on abortion. Women and people who need abortions are having to travel further, often across state borders, and pay more. As expected, this ban will affect the most marginalised: poor women, queer people, women of colour and migrant women.
The news has been dominated by the decision - but how many of us here in the UK know that abortion is a crime in England, Scotland, and Wales? This week, Media Storm speaks to doctors, activists, people who have had abortions, and leading abortion care providers in the UK, to find out just how restrictive the system here actually is. Plus, we hear from reproductive rights activists in Northern Ireland, about why decriminalisation without the services to match it means nothing. 
We’re joined in the studio by Renee Bracey Sherman, founder of We Testify, and hailed as the ‘Beyoncé of Abortion Storytelling', to discuss the why abortion is still seen as a taboo in the mainstream media, the history of the 'debate', and how a minority of anti-abortionists got so loud. 
The episode is hosted by Mathilda Mallinson (@mathildamall) and Helena Wadia (@helenawadia).

Katherine O'Brien, British Pregnancy Advisory Service @katherine__ob @BPAS1968

Maya Oppenheim @MayaOppenheim

Catriona Rennison, Doctors for Choice UK @CatrionaRennis1 @DrsforChoice_UK

Bethany Moore @bethanysmm

Sophia Smith Galer @sophiasgaler

Renee Bracey Sherman @RBraceySherman @reneebraceysherman @AbortionStories


Pro-choice UK poll

UK abortion statistics 2020 

2012 Abortion raids 

Anti-abortion advocate told Congress that abortions power street lamps

Women accused of illegal abortions in England and Wales after miscarriages and stillbirths

I had an abortion – and my experience shows how broken the UK system truly is

US Donors Are Helping Push Anti-Abortion Agendas in UK schools  

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