“1 in 3” – Ending the stigma of abortion in America


By Jamila Bey

The reality in America is that abortion is neither rare nor concentrated among any singular segment of society.

One in three women in the US will have an abortion in her lifetime. This week kicks off a week of activists giving people the opportunity to speak up about their own abortions. College campuses around the country are hosting events, and the “1 in 3 Campaign” is hosting many of the stories shared by individuals who often spoke about their abortion for the first time. Carly Manes, a junior at the University of Michigan, and Julia Reticker-Flynn, the Youth Activist Network Manager at Advocates for Youth, are my guests.


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Filibusterer Wendy Davis in DC

The Texas State Senator who filibustered her way onto the national stage a month ago made a stop in Washington, DC at the National Press Club.

VOR’s Jamila Bey was there, and took the time to talk with two of Davis’s colleagues who assisted her during the 13 hour effort to block Governor Rick Perry’s restrictive abortion law: Texas Senator Leticia Van de Putte, famous for inquiring “At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues?”, and Texas Senator Rodney Ellis, who helped Davis into her back brace during her effort.

They spoke about their hopes for the future of Texas politics.


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Activists takes off on ride to promote women’s right to choose

Activist and author Sunsara Taylor is embarking on a Freedom Ride from North Dakota, through Kansas and down to Mississippi to call attention to the need for the protection abortion rights in the U.S.

She’s running an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for the project run in conjunction with StopPatriarchy.org.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Taylor to discuss her efforts.


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GOP-sponsored abortion bill will hurt Texas women, protesters warn

The Texas legislature has essentially banned abortions, passing a stringent set of restrictions on Monday morning that would require all abortions be attended by a medical doctor and that the doctor hold admitting privileges to a nearby hospital, among others.

The Republican-controlled House voted 97-33 to pass the bill, known as the SB 5 Pro-Life Omnibus Bill, which is “aimed at preserving unborn life and improving safety standards for abortion providers in the State of Texas,” according to a release by Rep. Drew Springer, a Republican.

The bill will go to the Senate where officials have a Tuesday night deadline to vote on the measure.

However, numerous groups have protested against the bill, saying the measure isn’t based in science. Some are calling it medically unnecessary and overly restrictive.

Host Jamila Bey spoke with Beth Presswood, host of the Godless Bitches podcast, and journalist Jessica Luther to discuss the story.

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