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774: The Pink House at the Center of the World

774: The Pink House at the Center of the World

Update: 2022-07-0456


The Supreme Court case that overturned Roe v. Wade began with a lawsuit filed by a Mississippi abortion clinic. On the day Roe was overturned, we were there. Stories from the center of this moment of history, the day it happened.

  • Prologue: Host Ira Glass reminds us that, before they change the country, all major Supreme Court cases start with just a person, in a place. (3 minutes)
  • Act One: Documentarian Maisie Crow has been following the fight to stay open by the Jackson Women’s Health Clinic, for ten years. Now the Supreme Court decision is forcing their doors shut for good. She brings us inside as the staff prepares for the day the decision comes down, and then lives through it. (20 minutes)
  • Act Two: Our producer Zoe Chace goes to Fairview Heights, Illinois, where Planned Parenthood has opened a massive new abortion clinic just across the river from Missouri. Abortion is banned in Missouri and lots of the surrounding states now that Roe has been overturned. Illinois is gearing up to get lots and lots of patients now. (5 minutes)
  • Act Three: Zoe Chace spends time with a lawmaker in Missouri on the day Roe fell who’d worked her whole life for this moment and can’t believe it’s really here. (5 minutes)
  • Act Four: Host Ira Glass walks through possible next steps with a pro-life activist who worked on the Texas SB8 bill, that set a precedent for enforcement of abortion bans throughout the country. (8 minutes)
  • Act Five: Rebecca Grant introduces us to an abortion pill smuggler, who walks us through her undercover operation to mail pills to people who want medication abortions in places where it's hard to get them. (9 minutes)
  • Act Six: Emma Green spends time with Anja Baker, who’s working on preparing Mississippi for the influx of babies it will have to absorb now that abortion is illegal in that state. (9 minutes)
  • Act Seven: Maisie Crow is back to take us inside the Jackson clinic once again, as they rally themselves to see all the patients they’d scheduled for the next month to come in in the next ten days, before the ban goes into effect. (3 minutes)

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Comments (40)


let the gringas abort themselves out of existence. they can't even bother to make Chad or (in the case of mudsharks) Tyrone wear a rubber so fuck it. abort yourselves from this planet. more resources for the rest of us

Aug 28th

GodsWatchmen This link is Roe from Roe vs Wade. Death bed confession telling about how she was paid to lie about being raped in court and how much she regreted doing so. No comment just sharing the info.

Jul 27th
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Jessica Sanborn

32:32, hilarious background comment

Jul 25th


best than ever

Jul 21st


She said taking stuff away from the Black people like they already had enough taken away from them. What like the fact that they’re killing babies?  Close your legs. Stop getting pregnant. Life begins at conception! Just because you can’t see it because it’s behind some skin in your body doesn’t mean it’s not alive. 

Jul 11th
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Black Mirror

No mention of the thousands of women who will die from sepsis and ectopic pregnancies that are now illegal to treat.

Jul 10th
Reply (21)

Heidi Adams

Does anyone else see the irony of her statements? The clinic was "her baby." The women have lost so much. Was she referring to the overturning of the law or to their actual babies?

Jul 9th
Reply (4)
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