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Rep. Lizzie Fletcher on new abortion legislation (July 19, 2022)

On Tuesday’s show: Houston Rep. Lizzie Fletcher discusses the bill she sponsored that would prohibit anyone from interfering with a person traveling across state lines to obtain abortion services. 

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Last week, HR 8297 passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The Ensuring Women's Right to Reproductive Freedom Act would prohibit anyone from interfering with a person traveling across state lines to obtain abortion services.

The bill is sponsored by Houston Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher, who joins us to discuss that and other legislation introduced in response to the recent overturn of Roe v. Wade. And she answers listener questions about other issues before Congress affecting Greater Houston.

Also this hour: The Moth, the storytelling event and radio show, is celebrating 25 years. Its founder George Dawes Green tells us how it got started and how it helped launched more storytelling events like it all over the world, including here in Houston. And he discusses his new novel, The Kingdoms of Savannah.

And our producer William Menjivar goes fishing on Buffalo Bayou with Alex Sosa of Buffalo Bayou Fishing Champs.

Alex Sosa (center) of Buffalo Bayou Fishing Champs poses with a large alligator gar he caught in Buffalo Bayou in March 2022.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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