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How new abortion laws are affecting women’s mental and physical health

When it comes to the new abortion laws in Texas and across the country, there’s a divide on what to do about cases of rape, incest, or if the mother’s life is at risk. Today, experts discuss the medical concerns of this complicated issue. But first, we start with the psychological impact.


Derek French


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With the country still very divided over the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, states are putting their own laws on abortion into effect — making it very confusing for many Americans.

As we take a look at the latest laws in Texas and across America, there’s also the question of what health implications we see in regard to these new laws.

What legal impact does this have for women across Texas and the US?

Also, many wonder if there are penalties if a woman travels out of state for a procedure.

As Ohio restricts abortions, we learn that a 10-year-old female rape victim had to travel to Indiana to have this procedure done.

What health and psychological implications do these decisions carry with them?

In this episode, we will discuss this complicated issue and look at how people feel about having the government deciding over their lives in this manner. Plus, our panel of experts take calls to address listener questions and concerns.


Dr. Richelle Whittaker

  • Educational Psychologist, Parenting Advisor, and CEO of Next Steps At Work and at Providential Counseling Services

Dr. Kimberly Pilkinton

  • OB-GYN and President-Elect of the Texas Association of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Emily Berman

  • Associate Professor, University of Houston Law Center

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