By Taya Graham
TAYA GRAHAM We thought abortion rights were protected by the landmark Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, but 46 years later, there is a concerted push across the country— Ohio, Alabama, Georgia— to ban abortion outright and to criminalize both doctors and women involved in it. Alabama has launched one of the most restrictive bans on abortion in the country and the Ohio state legislator has deemed a fetus an unborn person. Meaning, anyone who participates in abortion could face life in prison or even the death penalty, but who will be facing these harsh penalties? Some activists say these laws will fall squarely on the shoulders of black women, a group that already disproportionately suffers from America’s racist criminal justice system. To discuss the future of reproductive rights and the impact on communities of color, I’m speaking with Anoa Changa. She’s a lawyer in Atlanta, Georgia and a journalist. She’s also the Director of Political Advocacy for the Progressive Army and is the host of the podcast The Way with Anoa. Anoa, thank you so much for joining me.
ANOA CHANGA Thank you for having me.
TAYA GRAHAM Now, can you talk a little bit about the restrictions on…