Crossing the Line

Population Media Center

CROSSING THE LINE (CTLpod) is a verite’ style audio documentary series telling stories from the frontlines in the fight for reproductive freedom. The series follows individuals who seek abortion services and the heroes who help along the way. Each episode allows the listener to experience the numerous barriers faced and the ways people overcome them as the battle for abortion rights rages across the U.S. Visit CTLpod.com to find out more about the podcast, resources for abortion care, and information on how you can take action.

Abortion Defenders
Sep 21 2022
Abortion Defenders
Following the fall of Roe v. Wade, Michigan women face an uncertain future due to a 1931 "zombie law " on the books that would criminalize abortion. Mobilizing into action are a pro-choice mother-daughter duo, Shelley and Hailey, and an army of volunteer escorts at Northland Family Planning who protect clinic patients from armed protesters or "Anti's." Due to Michigan being an open-carry state, the escorts wear bodycams to monitor the" Anti's" activity. Lead Escort Marie and other volunteers mobilize to get enough signatures for a ballot initiative to amend outdated laws -- and keep abortion legal in Michigan.Featuring interviews with Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and Power to Decide CEO Dr. Raegan McDonald-Mosley.Visit CTLpod.com to find out more about the podcast, resources for abortion care, and information on how you can take action.Thank you to Shelley, Hailey, Marie and all the volunteer escorts at the Northland Family Clinic -- and all those who have shared their stories with us. Some names and voices were changed to protect identities.Since parts of this episode was recorded, Roe v. Wade was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. Go to AbortionFinder.org to get up-to-date information on where to access an abortion. Go to Plan C Pills to learn how to access abortion pills. Explore National Abortion Funds to inquire about funding support and Planned Parenthood’s Ban Off our Bodies to get involved.This podcast is brought to you by Population Media Center. Executive Producers are Lisa Caruso and Alex Demyanenko, with Co-Producer Kathleen Bedoya and Associate Producer Dominica Ruelas. This episode was field produced by Erin Essenmacher, edited by Lynn Hughes with production services provided by Pidge Productions. Production coordination is by June Neely. Charity Tooze leads impact strategy. The narration is read by Tatiana St. Phard. Original music is composed by Valeri Ortiz.
When Roe Fell
Sep 7 2022
When Roe Fell
This special episode chronicles the weeks leading up to the fall of Roe v. Wade on June 24th, 2022. In Tulsa, a newly equipped clinic has a sudden, drastic decline in patients seeking abortion care as a total ban on abortion at conception takes effect in Oklahoma. Dr. Diane Horvath, a traveling abortion doctor, flies to Montgomery, AL, to perform her final abortion procedures before it is criminalized. In Texas, Drs. Curtis and Glenna Boyd, a dynamic husband-and-wife duo who have played a huge role in providing reproductive choice for decades, grapple with the possible closure of their Dallas clinic on the day Roe falls and how they will comfort their staff. We hear from clinic directors, nurses, and staff in TX, AZ, NM, AL, TN, and LA as they express their rage, disappointment, and heartbreak about Roe's reversal after nearly 50 years as a constitutional right, and what the future may hold for reproductive freedom in the U.S.Visit CTLpod.com to find out more about the podcast, resources for abortion care, and information on how you can take action.Thank you to the Co-Directors of the Southwestern Women's Surgery Center Dr. Curtis Boyd and Dr. Glenna Boyd, the Tulsa Women's Clinic Founder Dr. Alan Braid, Exec Director Andrea Gallegos, and nurse Tiffany Taylor, Dr. Diane Horvath, Nurse Brittany Johnson at Hope Medical in Shreveport, Patient Advocate Becky at the Knoxville Center for Reproductive Health, Dr. Goodrick, the entire staff at Camelback Family Planning and Lead Administrator Addie Martinez, and to Planned Parenthood. Special thanks to all those who have shared their stories with us. Some names and voices were changed to protect identities.Since this episode was recorded, Roe v. Wade was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court.  Go to AbortionFinder.org to get up-to-date information on where to access an abortion. Go to Plan C Pills to learn how to access abortion pills. Explore National Abortion Funds to inquire about funding support and Planned Parenthood’s Ban Off our Bodies to get involved.This podcast is brought to you by Population Media Center. Executive Producers are Lisa Caruso and Alex Demyanenko, with Co-Producer Kathleen Bedoya and Associate Producer Dominica Ruelas. This episode was field produced by Joanna Friedman and Charity Tooze, edited by Lynn Hughes with production services provided by Pidge Productions. Production coordination is by June Neely. Charity Tooze leads impact strategy. Narration is read by Tatiana St. Phard. Original music is composed by Valeri Ortiz.
Abortion Desert Oasis
Aug 17 2022
Abortion Desert Oasis
Camelback Family Planning Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona has been operating since 1999, but recently started to receive a surge of abortion-seeking patients due to increased restrictions on reproductive healthcare access in nearby states. The clinic doesn't take appointments - it's first-come, first-serve, with a daily line that extends around the modest brick and glass building. Many mornings, patients line up as early as 4 AM hoping to secure one of that day's walk-in appointments. Samira*, 39, is one of them. A mother of two, Samira left her children at home with her husband to travel on her own from Texas to Arizona to receive an abortion. Although her pregnancy is not viable due to a severe fetal anomaly, her doctor in Texas was not allowed to perform the procedure. Following her ultrasound, Camelback nurses, doctors, and staff take immediate action to get Samira the abortion care she needs.Visit CTLpod.com to find out more about the podcast, resources for abortion care, and information on how you can take action. Thank you to Camelback Family Planning Clinic's founder Dr. Gabrielle Goodrick and Dr. Sarah Valliere, Ashleigh Feiring, the clinic nurses, patient advocates, and other Camelback staff, as well as Executive Director of Pro-Choice Arizona, Eloisa Lopez, and Planned Parenthood. Special thanks to Samira*, her family, and all who shared their stories with us. Some names and voices were changed to protect identities.Since this episode was recorded, Roe v. Wade was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. The changing legal landscape in Arizona means that some providers are changing or pausing their operations. Go to AbortionFinder.org to get up-to-date information on where to access an abortion. Go to Plan C Pills to learn how to access abortion pills. Explore National Abortion Funds to inquire about funding support and Planned Parenthood's Ban Off our Bodies to get involved. This podcast is brought to you by Population Media Center. Executive Producers are Lisa Caruso and Alex Demyanenko, with Co-Producer Kathleen Bedoya and Associate Producer Dominica Ruelas. This episode was field produced by Joanna Friedman with production services provided by Pidge Productions. Production coordination is by June Neely, and Charity Tooze leads impact strategy. Narration is read by Tatiana St. Phard. Original music is composed by Valeri Ortiz.*Indicates name change
Keeping Hope Alive
Aug 3 2022
Keeping Hope Alive
In Shreveport, Louisiana, Hope Medical Group for Women struggles to meet demands as a surge of patients traveling from surrounding states where abortion is banned overwhelms providers. Sabrina*, 38, is one of those patients. A mother of four, Sabrina balances her demanding job, childcare, her teen daughter’s serious heart condition, and financial burdens brought on by the pandemic. Seeking an abortion, she and her military veteran fiancé drive 200 miles to Hope Medical Group in Shreveport to access the healthcare she needs to keep her family afloat. Once there, they are confronted by anti-abortion protestors, a common occurrence that affects the clinic daily, as restrictive abortion bans are implemented in nearby states, and more patients must travel across state lines to seek reproductive healthcare in Louisiana.Visit CTLpod.com to find out more about the podcast, resources for abortion care, and information on how you can take action. Thank you to Hope Medical Group for Women Administrator Kathaleen Pittman, Assistant Administrator Staphanie Chaffee, the clinic counselors, patient advocates, nurses, and clinic staff, Dr. Bhavik Kumar, Dr. Colleen McNicholas, and Planned Parenthood. Special thanks to Sabrina*, her family, and all who shared their stories with us.Some names have been changed to protect identities. Since this episode was recorded, Roe v. Wade was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. The changing legal landscape in Louisiana means that some groups in Louisiana are changing or pausing their operations. Go to AbortionFinder.org to get up-to-date information on where to access an abortion. Go to Plan C Pills to learn how to access abortion pills. Check out Planned Parenthood’s Ban Off our Bodies to get involved.This podcast was brought to you by Population Media Center. Executive Producers are Lisa Caruso and Alex Demyanenko, with Co-Producer Kathleen Bedoya and Associate Producer Dominica Ruelas. This episode was field produced by Joanna Friedman with production services provided by Pidge Productions and story producing by Lynn Hughes and Bruno Falcon. Research assistance was provided by Sarah Field Bullion and production coordinating by June Neely. Impact strategy was led by Charity Tooze. Narration is read by Tatiana St. Phard. Music by Valeri Ortiz.*Indicates name change
God Trusts Me
Jul 20 2022
God Trusts Me
When a 27 year old single mother from Texas, Ahjonae, finds out she’s pregnant, she searches for abortion care providers across the U.S. to terminate her pregnancy. This is not an easy undertaking as Ahjonae works two full-time jobs, including a hotel graveyard shift, to keep up with the rent and bills. A practicing Christian, she gets the last spot at a Dallas-based travel program run by a local church. This program, organized and funded by a partnership between The First Unitarian Church of Dallas, the New Mexico Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, and the Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center, shepherds people to New Mexico to receive abortion care. Despite her hesitancy to trust the volunteers, she takes a sick day from work, and her mother flies to Dallas to watch her three young children, so that Ahjonae can take the journey to Albuquerque.Visit CTLpod.com to find out more about the podcast, resources for abortion care, and information on how you can take action. Special thanks to the Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center in Dallas, TX, Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, NM; Dr. Curtis Boyd and Dr. Glenna Halvorson-Boyd; Reverend Daniel Kanter and The First Unitarian Church of Dallas, Rev Erin Walter, Rev Deneen Robinson, and all the incredible travel program volunteers. Also, thanks to Joan Lamunyon and the New Mexico Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Dr. Colleen McNicholas, and Planned Parenthood; And to Ahjonae, her family, and all those who shared their stories with us.Some names have been changed to protect identities. Since this episode was recorded, Roe v. Wade was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. The changing legal landscape in Texas means that some groups in Texas are changing or pausing their operations. Specifically, The Southwest Surgery center in Dallas has been forced to stop providing abortion services until further notice. The clinic will remain open to offer other reproductive healthcare. Also, note that the doctor in this episode uses the abortion pill brand name Mifeprex and later refers to it by the generic name Mifepristone. They are the same drug. If you have questions about abortion pills, go to Abortion Finder.This podcast was brought to you by Population Media Center. Executive producers are Lisa Caruso and Alex Demyanenko, with co-producer Kathleen Bedoya and associate producer Dominica Ruelas. This episode was field produced by Joanna Friedman with production services provided by Red Cup Agency and story producing by Olivia Aylmer. Research assistance was provided by Sarah Field Bullion and production coordinating by June Neely. Impact strategy was led by Charity Tooze. Narration is read by Tatiana St. Phard. Music by Val Ortiz.
A Prayer for Choice
Jul 6 2022
A Prayer for Choice
The travel program is a partnership of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas, Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center in Dallas, Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, and the New Mexico Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. The travelers are flown to New Mexico where they are provided all transportation and meals. The physicians provide accurate and safe healthcare information and abortion pills or procedures to end their pregnancies. Individuals can exercise autonomy over their bodies and family planning through the dedicated support of those who run and volunteer for the travel program.Visit CTLpod.com to find out more about the podcast, resources for abortion care, and information on how you can take action. This podcast was brought to you by Population Media Center. Executive producers are Lisa Caruso and Alex Demyanenko, with co-producer Kathleen Bedoya and associate producer  Dominica Ruelas. This episode was field produced by Joanna Friedman with production services provided by Red Cup Agency and story producing by Olivia Aylmer. Research assistance was provided by Sarah Field Bullion and production coordinating by June Neely. Impact strategy was led by Charity Tooze. Narration is read by Tatiana St. Phard.Special thanks to the Southwestern Women’s Surgery Center in Dallas, TX, Southwestern Women’s Options in Albuquerque, NM; Dr. Curtis Boyd and Dr. Glenna Halvorson-Boyd; Reverend Daniel Kanter and The First Unitarian Church of Dallas, and all the incredible travel program volunteers. Also, thanks to the New Mexico Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Joan Lamunyon and Brittany Defeo; Dr. Bhavik Kumar, and Planned Parenthood; And to all those who shared their stories with us.Thank you to our partners:  Power to Decide, AbortionFinder.org, and Plan C Pills. Since this episode was recorded, Roe v. Wade was overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court. The changing legal landscape in Texas means that some groups in Texas are changing or pausing their operations. Specifically, The Southwest Surgery center in Dallas has been forced to stop providing abortion services until further notice. The clinic will remain open to offer other reproductive healthcare. Also, note that the doctor in this episode uses the abortion pill brand name Mifeprex and later refers to it by the generic name Mifepristone. They are the same drug. If you have questions about abortion pills, go to Abortion Finder.