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How Changes in Abortion Law Could Impact Community Health : Short Wave : NPR

ATLANTA, GA – MAY 21: People hold signs during a protest against recently passed abortion ban bills at the Georgia State Capitol building, on May 21, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Georgia “heartbeat” bill would ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

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ATLANTA, GA – MAY 21: People hold signs during a protest against recently passed abortion ban bills at the Georgia State Capitol building, on May 21, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. The Georgia “heartbeat” bill would ban abortion when a fetal heartbeat is detected. (Photo by Elijah Nouvelage/Getty Images)

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Depending how the Supreme Court votes on a pending case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, many pregnant people may lose the right to seek an abortion in their state. Host Emily Kwong talks to research scientist Liza Fuentes about the shifting reality of abortion as health care — and how the states with the greatest restrictions generally invest the least in maternal and child health.

Today is part two of Emily and Liza’s conversation. Listen to part one of Emily and Liza’s conversation to hear how abortion is used as a tool to improve public health.

This episode was produced by Berly McCoy, edited by Rebecca Ramirez and fact checked by Margaret Cirino. The audio engineer was Natasha Branch.


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