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WBOI Presents: Indiana's State of Abortion

Ella Abbott

On June 24, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade 6-3, in the Dobbs v. Jackson's Women's Health Organization case. In the majority opinion penned by Justice Samuel Alito, he says the 1973 ruling and subsequent high court decisions reaffirming it "must be overruled" because they were "egregiously wrong," and that the arguments in favor of it were “damaging” and were "an abuse of judicial authority."

That decision has reverberated throughout the country, leading to outrage, confusion, and fear among a majority of Americans who support a citizen’s right to an abortion in the United States.

Right now, Indiana finds itself in the epicenter of the debate.

As of noon Wednesday, August 3, Indiana’s General Assembly remains in special session, attempting to pass new abortion restrictions in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling. This episode follows the timeline from the Dobbs decision on June 24, to the ongoing session in Indianapolis.

This episode of WBOI Presents was produced by Content Director Zach Bernard, News Director Rebecca Green, Multimedia Reporter Ella Abbott, and Production Assistant Brittany Smith.

This program featured reporting from our colleagues at Indiana Public Broadcasting, including Brandon Smith, Lauren Chapman, Jill Sheridan, Farah Yousry, Sydney Dauphinais, Gemma DiCarlo, April Rickert, and Darian Benson, as well as Dan Gorenstein and Ryan Levi of the Tradeoffs podcast.

You also heard segments from NPR’s Politics Podcast and All Things Considered, both of which aired live on 89.1 WBOI; thank you to Susan Davis, Asma Khalid, Sarah McCammon and Dr. Caitlin Bernard.

Special thanks to Andy Downs and Dr. Tracey Wilkinson for their interviews with the WBOI News team.

WBOI Presents is a weekly showcase from the WBOI news team and our friends at Indiana Public Broadcasting focused on the news, conversations and stories of Northeast Indiana and the Hoosier State.

Zach joined 89.1 WBOI as a reporter and local host for All Things Considered, and hosted Morning Edition for the past few years. In 2022, he was promoted to Content Director.
Rebecca manages the news at WBOI. She joined the staff in December 2017, and brought with her nearly two decades of experience in print journalism, including 15 years as an award-winning reporter for the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne.
Ella Abbott is a multimedia reporter for 89.1 WBOI. She is a strong believer in the ways audio storytelling can engage an audience and create a sensory experience.