New Episode of Ms.’s On The Issues With Michele Goodwin Podcast: Fifteen Minutes of Feminism: We Had Abortions (with Amy Brenneman)


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: We Had Abortions (with Amy Brenneman)—is available now on Apple PodcastsSpotify and

In this episode, Dr. Goodwin is joined by Emmy and Golden Globe nominated actress and producer Amy Brenneman to discuss the importance of abortion access to the lives of women across generations, the relaunch of the iconic “We Have Had Abortions” petition, the history of the evolution of abortion access in the United States, and the future of abortion rights in a possible post-Roe world. 

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

“I’ve had an abortion. I’ve used birth control. I’ve done invitro fertilization and I have a special needs daughter, right, so it’s like all of those are sort of connected to choice and taking on what you feel like, what I feel like, I can responsibly take on as a human and as a mother.” – Amy Brenneman 

“[P]art of this conversation is faith leaders saying hold up, not only can you not hijack the word Christian, you actually cannot hijack women …” – Amy Brenneman 

“My participation in this is about truth telling and I think that that’s the wonderful disorienting time that we are living in.” – Amy Brenneman

“[O]n September first when S.B. 8 first came down, I felt it the way…I can’t really describe it, but it was like I was a woman in Texas. There was no part of me that was like thank God I’m in California at all.” – Amy Brenneman

“Maybe it shouldn’t be the decision of nine people who more and more display their political [biases]…and I say that as the daughter of a judge.” – Amy Brenneman 

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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Launched in 1971, Ms. is the most trusted, popular source for feminist news and information in print and online with a tradition of in-depth investigative reporting and feminist political analysis. Ms. is wholly owned and published by the Feminist Majority Foundation.