New Episode of Ms.’s On The Issues With Michele Goodwin Podcast: Everything You Need to Know About Getting an At-Home Abortion


On the Issues with Michele Goodwin is a popular, issues and policy-focused podcast featuring feminist analysis, insightful conversations and exciting guests. This is the first podcast from Ms. magazine, a legacy feminist publication. In each bi-weekly episode, host Dr. Michele Goodwin and special guests will tackle the most compelling issues of our times, centering feminist concerns about rebuilding our nation and advancing the promise of equality. 

A new episode—Fifteen Minutes of Feminism: Everything You Need to Know About Getting an At-Home Abortion—is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and

In this episode, Dr. Goodwin is joined by Dr. Julie Amaon, a family medicine doctor who works with nonprofit telemedicine abortion provider Just the Pill, to unpack the facts about the abortion pill. How do they work? How long has medication abortion been available? Is it safe? (The answer’s yes!) Is it legal? (Yes!) Is it effective? (Extremely.)

You can find a full transcript of the episode here, as well as a few excerpts below:

“This was a pandemic project. I tell people, some people had sourdough projects. Our executive director was solving rural abortion access during the pandemic. That was her pandemic project.” — Dr. Julie Amaon

“This is the only area of healthcare where we just don’t trust our patients. It’s ridiculous, really.” — Dr. Julie Amaon

“Pregnant patients and my patients know exactly what they want. I don’t do options counseling. Most people know exactly what they want when they get here. I’m not trying to patronize them or act like they don’t already know their options. Right?” — Dr. Julie Amaon

“One in four people in their reproductive health years choose this. This is very common. It’s very safe, and I don’t think until you have to go through this process yourself that you really realize how hard it is for people to get these services and to get this general reproductive healthcare that they need. The hoops are kind of ridiculous.” — Dr. Julie Amaon

Meet the Host of On the Issues: Dr. Michele Goodwin is a frequent contributor to Ms. Magazine and on She is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine and also serves on the executive committee and national board of the ACLU. Dr. Goodwin is a prolific author and an elected member of the American Law Institute, as well as an elected Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Hastings Center. Her most recent book, Policing The Womb: Invisible Women and The Criminalization of Motherhood is described as a “must read.”

About Ms. Magazine: Co-founded by Gloria Steinem in 1972 and published by the Feminist Majority Foundation since 2001, Ms. magazine has been a trusted, popular source for feminist news and information in print and online for nearly 50 years. Ms.’s time-honored traditions of an emphasis on in-depth investigative reporting and feminist political analysis have never been more relevant, bringing a new generation of writers and readers together to share news, analysis, research and strategies for fighting back and moving forward, for shaping the future.


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