To mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the United States, Joy of Resistance host Fran Luck will guest-host the 2nd hour of Hugh Hamilton’s Talkback radio program this Tuesday between 4 and 5 pm at WBAI, 99.5 FM (streaming at wbai.org ). Her guest will be Merle Hoffman, CEO and founder of Choices Women’s Medical Center in NYC—and Publisher of On The Issues Magazine, a magazine of feminist and progressive thought. Merle Hoffman has been on the front lines in the ongoing battle for safe, legal, accessible and non-stigmatized abortion since 1970, when abortion was first legalized in New York State (three years prior to Roe v Wade).
Fran will lead off the segment with some of the history of the activism that led up to Roe, and will play a few soundbites from that period, including one from the first abortion speak-out held in 1969 where women risked arrest to speak of their then-illegal abortions. Merle will then share her experiences as one of the first abortion providers in NYS and will recount the rise of the right wing attacks on the newly won right to abortion. She will also share some of her experiences with patients and why she believes a woman must have the right to terminate her pregnancy. The discussion will also focus on the current political landscape in which literally hundreds of laws prevent women from exercising the rights won under Roe, and 90% or more of U.S. counties do not have an abortion provider. The latter part of the segment will include listener phone calls at (917) 580-6020.