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Gov. Edwards on how he hopes to fix polarization amid Louisiana abortion debate

Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks at the statehouse in Baton Rouge.
Wallis Watkins
Gov. John Bel Edwards speaks at the statehouse in Baton Rouge.

This week, Louisiana lawmaker Danny McCormick introduced a bill allowing prosecutors to charge patients with homicide if they get an abortion. But after initially passing out of a house committee and receiving amendments, the bill was ultimately pulled.

WRKF Capitol Access reporter Paul Braun tells us more about this bill and other legislative attempts to restrict abortions as the nation gets ready for a decision from the Supreme Court on the Dobbs v. Jackson case.

The Heartland Summit, a conference in Bentonville, Arkansas that’s sponsored by the Walton Foundation and focuses on fostering collaboration and innovation in the country’s heartland, has just wrapped up. One of the speakers was Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Edwards joined us to discuss how to jumpstart economic growth in the nation’s heartland, and how to reach across the aisle as the abortion debate continues to polarize Louisiana.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Patrick Madden. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubry Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

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Patrick Madden joined WWNO in 2019 as its first-ever Regional News Director, overseeing news reporting at WWNO, as well as our partner station WRKF Baton Rouge. Madden also serves as one of the hosts of Louisiana Considered, and co-hosts Friday's Politics Roundtable on Louisiana Considered with Stephanie Grace, columnist for The Times-Picayune | The Advocate.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WWNO from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.