“America After Roe,” produced by Carnegie-Knight News21, examines the impacts of the reversal of Roe v. Wade and how the monumental decision has gone beyond abortion bans to more broadly affect health care, culture, policy and people.

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‘I don’t want to do this anymore’

Doctors and patients navigate care, criminalization in America after Roe
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The “America After Roe” podcast, produced by Henry Larson and Francesca D’Annunzio, explores the rise of the religious right and the ongoing battle to reshape America in ways that go beyond abortion. Cover art by Emily Mai.

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Part 1: A Movement Divided

The anti-abortion movement’s biggest victory – the end of Roe v. Wade – has exposed fractures in one of America’s largest political coalitions. 

Part 2: Gospel Through Law

A year after the reversal of Roe, a group of Christian lawmakers is working to mold American policy on abortion, LGBTQ issues and more. But its ultimate goal is more ambitious.

Part 3: Christian Nationalism

Christian nationalism has a foothold in conservative politics. But what is it? News21 explains this ideology and its rise in conservative politics.

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