New Episode of Ms.’s On The Issues With Michele Goodwin Podcast: What We Can Expect From the Biden Administration on Reproductive Justice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | January 26, 2021

On the Issues with Michele Goodwin is a new 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—Taking Politics Out of Women’s Health: Biden’s First 100 Days (with Carrie Baker, Dr. Joia Crear Perry, Leah Litman and Julia Kaye)—is available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and

Friday, January 22 marked the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court’s landmark decision affirming a constitutional right to abortion. Yet, decades later, reproductive health care access remains illusory for many women and people of birthing capacity.

This week, Dr. Goodwin and her guests ask: Is the constitutional right to abortion a reality today? If so, for whom? How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted women’s health and exacerbated existing disparities? What can we expect from the first 100 days of the Biden-Harris administration? And what is the status of reproductive health, rights and justice—48 years after Roe?

Dr. Goodwin is joined by Dr. Carrie Baker, a frequent Ms. contributor, lawyer, professor and director of the program for the study of women and gender at Smith College; Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, founder and president of the National Birth Equity Collaborative; Julia Kaye, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project; and Leah Litman, assistant professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School and a co-host and creator of Strict Scrutiny, a podcast about the U.S. Supreme Court.

Their conversation covered a wide range of topics; you can find a full transcript here, as well as a few excerpts below:

“The Trump Administration has been forcing patients seeking early abortion and miscarriage care to take on needless, life-threatening risks as a condition of obtaining an abortion.” —Julia Kaye

“It’s a misogynist double-standard, and it’s a political double-standard, and feminists have been fighting for years to try to remove these restrictions and made some progress in 2016, under Obama, but it’s still there.” —Dr. Carrie Baker

“I think it’s a troubling sign about how willing the Court will be to allow governments to enforce laws that will be very burdensome on women’s access to abortion and offer very little benefit, and actually how far the court will bend over backwards to do so.” —Leah Litman

“It’s so hard to disentangle the belief that women cannot control their bodies from all the policies that we see all the time. In fact, at the root of all of these policies is the belief that we are hysterical, right?” —Dr. Joia Crear-Perry

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 create the feminism of the future.

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