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How Restricting Abortion Access Affects Rural America

The Roe v. Wade decision of 1973 by no means settled the controversy over a woman's right to an abortion. It remains a hot political topic today — and some new voices have emerged in the contemporary debate. Dr. Willie Parker, an abortion rights advocate — and outspoken Christian — not only provides abortions, he also offers new insight and perspective on access to the procedure. Opponents of his view are heartened by federal legislation that allows states to restrict funding for abortion providers like Planned Parenthood. In many towns, the only access to reproductive healthcare comes from clinics that also offer abortions. As these facilities continue to be shut down, how can women's healthcare needs be addressed? Dr. Willy Parker joins 1A to discuss restrictions on abortion access along with Marissa Evans, health and human services reporter for The Texas Tribune and Dr. Christina Francis, Chairman of the Board of American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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