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Oral history project documents impact of abortion restrictions since the fall of Roe v. Wade

A crowd holding up many protest signs saying "Abortion is Health Care" and similar messages.
Rose Hoban
NC Health News
Abortion access significantly diminished in North Carolina on July 1 as the time frame for seeking most abortions dropped from 20 weeks of pregnancy to 12 weeks under the state's new law. Lawmakers also placed more requirements on women seeking abortions and on their providers, such as requiring an in-person appointment for state-mandated counseling at least 72 hours before an abortion.

Doctors, students, and researchers at Duke University are developing an oral history archive to shed light on the stories of abortion patients and providers impacted by the U.S. Supreme Court’s Dobbs decision and North Carolina’s 12-week ban.

In part one of this conversation, co-host Leoneda Inge talks with three doctors about why they're contributing to this audio archive that captures reproductive health history, happening now.


Dr. Beverly Gray, Associate Professor Obstetrics and Gynecology, Duke University Medical Center

Dr. Jonas Swartz, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Duke University Medical Center

Dr. Serina Floyd, Chief Medical Officer at Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington, DC

Then, co-host Leoneda Inge is joined by two students who are also involved in the oral history project, as well as by a reproductive justice advocate, to talk about the disproportionate impact of abortion restrictions on historically-marginalized populations, particularly Black women, and how abortion bans impact Black maternal health.


Ash Williams, abortion doula and reproductive justice activist

Miracle Adedeji, Duke University, class of 2024

Maite McPherson, Duke University, class of 2024

Leoneda Inge is the co-host of WUNC's "Due South." Leoneda has been a radio journalist for more than 30 years, spending most of her career at WUNC as the Race and Southern Culture reporter. Leoneda’s work includes stories of race, slavery, memory and monuments. She has won "Gracie" awards, an Alfred I. duPont Award and several awards from the Radio, Television, Digital News Association (RTDNA). In 2017, Leoneda was named "Journalist of Distinction" by the National Association of Black Journalists.
Rachel McCarthy is a producer for "Due South." She previously worked at WUNC as a producer for "The Story with Dick Gordon." More recently, Rachel was podcast managing editor at Capitol Broadcasting Company where she developed narrative series and edited a daily podcast. She also worked at "The Double Shift" podcast as supervising producer. Rachel learned about audio storytelling at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Prior to working in audio journalism, she was a research assistant at the Aspen Institute in Washington, DC.