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A conversation with Louisiana reporters on what’s next for the state after the fall of Roe v. Wade

Two unidentified women hold up signs reading "Keep abortion safe, legal & accessible," and "Bans off our bodies," outside of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals courthouse in downtown New Orleans, May 3, 2022.
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Two unidentified women hold up signs reading "Keep abortion safe, legal & accessible," and "Bans off our bodies," outside of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals courthouse in downtown New Orleans, May 3, 2022.

Earlier this morning the United States Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, ending the constitutional right to abortion that has been upheld for nearly half a century. The Advocate’s Editorial director and columnist Stephanie Grace joins us for a conversation with New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell to hear her reaction.

For the last few months, reproductive health reporter Rosemary Westwood has been looking at how the Mississippi case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization could pave the way for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade in her new podcast, “Banned.” Now that the ruling has become a reality, we check in with Rosemary to hear what might happen next.

Three states, including Louisiana, have laws in place that legislators designed explicitly to take effect immediately upon the fall of the Roe – otherwise known as trigger laws. For more on what the scenes look like in Louisiana right now, we spoke live with reporters Carly Berlin in New Orleans and Paul Braun in Baton Rouge.

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.