Documentary on pre-Roe v. Wade abortions, Gender discrimination in courts

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Abortion-rights activists react outside the Supreme Court in Washington
Abortion-rights activists react outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, June 24, 2022. The Supreme Court has ended constitutional protections for abortion that had been in place nearly 50 years in a decision by its conservative majority to overturn Roe v. Wade. Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo

First, we speak with a movie director about her HBO documentary “The Janes,” which follows women activists before the 1973 landmark abortion ruling Roe v. Wade. Then, we hear from a law professor about gender discrimination in courtrooms.

Featured in this Show

  • Film focused on illegal abortions in Chicago before Roe v. Wade

    A group of women activists in Chicago facilitated as many as 11,000 abortions in the early 1970s, when the procedure was illegal. Several of the women recount that harrowing time in the HBO documentary “The Janes.” A director of the film joins us.

  • Gender discrimination in the courtroom

    A Dane County judge recently referred former state Supreme Court justice Michael Gableman to the Office of Lawyer Regulation for comments he made in court about a female lawyer. The judge called the comments “misogynistic.” We speak with an author, law professor and attorney about gender discrimination in courtrooms.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Joel Patenaude Producer
  • Mackenzie Krumme Producer
  • Maria Lopez Technical Director
  • Tia Lessin Guest
  • Lara Bazelon Guest