#Abortion Across the Pond w/@K_interarma & @AbortionSupport — #KatieSpeakShow Ep19 01/16/2015

In brief: With the Roe v. Wade anniversary around the corner, this show starts a two-parter: this week is the state of abortion rights in Europe and next week I’ll talk to U.S.-based advocates/experts.

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Enhanced audio: #Abortion Across the Pond w/@K_interarma & @AbortionSupport — #KatieSpeakShow Ep19 01/16/2015


I’m so excited about this show because both guests had to fit in time across many time zones and an ocean. Sarah Kay a lawyer with the European Court of Human Rights and has lived all over Europe and in the states for stretches as well. She’s from Ireland — you’re welcome for the delightful accent — and now lives in France, so she’s been immersed in the cultural opposites as far as abortion access and care.

My other guest is Mara Clarke, a U.S.-born UK transplant who had worked with abortion funds in the states and upon relocating to England looked for similar ways to get involved. Finding none at the time that helped with transportation, funding, and access from areas like Northern Ireland where abortion is criminalized, she founded and now runs the Abortion Support Network.

I also had a few thoughts about what was missing from the State of the Union and some recommendations on who to support should that sort of oversight bother you as well.

Quotes of the Show from Sarah Kay:

“Just like many other aspects of many other issues, we need to listen to women.”

“You can never remove the need for abortion entirely; there is no risk zero, that’s not how biology works.”

Links to on-air references:

My take…

Info on Rep. Barbara Lee’s bill: Rep. Barbara Lee Speaks Out About Protecting Abortion Rights”

Follow/support my recommendations for orgs from the intro:

ReproAction via website & via Twitter

All* Above All via website & via Twitter

Audre Lorde self-care quote via Know Your IX: “Dealing with Activist Burn-Out and Self-Care”


Dollars 2 Pounds converter

“What Makes a Country Legalize Abortion?” via The Atlantic

“No extending abortion act to Northern Ireland, first female leader says” via The Guardian

“The Eighth Amendment — repeal op-ed” via The Irish Times

SIGN: Repeal the 8th petition via Abortion Rights Campaign

Follow/support my guests…

Sarah Kay: on Twitter

Mara Clarke: personal Twitter, Abortion Support Network on Twitter, & ASN website

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