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CHOICE/LESS delivers powerful, personal stories of reproductive injustice and the laws, politics and people beyond the headlines. Part of the Rewire.News podcast network.

44 Episodes | 2016 - 2018

Massachusetts Activist Takes the Wheel for Civil Rights

October 23rd, 2018


Retired engineer and Lyft driver Rachel Brown came out as transgender at age 68. She's been using her time as a driver to educate her passengers in Massachusetts about an alarming referendum on the ballot this fall that …

Their Bodies, Their Boats, Their Play

September 14th, 2018


Season 4 of CHOICE/LESS is all about teens, sex, abortion, and the law. In the season finale, host Jenn Stanley talks to youth activists, artists, and their allies about putting abortion on center stage to fight stigma …

Sally vs. Sex Education

September 13th, 2018


Season 4 of CHOICE/LESS is all about teens, sex, abortion, and the law. So far this series has posed the question, if adults and children have a hard …

The Talk

September 12th, 2018


Season 4 of CHOICE/LESS is all about teens, sex, abortion, and the law. In this episode, host Jenn Stanley explores what it takes to have open and …

Welcome to Abortion Court

September 11th, 2018


Season 4 of CHOICE/LESS is all about teens, sex, abortion, and the law. In this episode, host Jenn Stanley talks to legal experts, including a former Cook County judge, about how teenagers in Illinois (and 37 other …

How Did You Keep That a Secret?

September 10th, 2018


Season 4 of CHOICE/LESS is all about teens, sex, abortion, and the law. In episode 1, Jenn Stanley takes you back to her own adolescence and talks …

Season 4 debuts 9/10! This episode from Season 1 will help you get ready.

September 6th, 2018


From the archives: Before Season 4 premieres next week, we’re taking you back to a related episode from 2016 that explores what happens to teens who …

On Kennedy, Roe, and Season 4

June 28th, 2018


Jenn shares some thoughts on the news and where we're headed.

Teens, Sex, and the Law: S4 Arrives Later This Year

April 30th, 2018


Niky was called “the slut” in high school for her reproductive rights activism. Jane had to cross state lines to get an abortion at 15 without …

PART II - Marching Toward Gilead: The Rise of American Theocracy

December 13th, 2017


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Roy Moore lost, but barely. And his theocratic vision for the country lives on through Operation Save …

PART I - Marching Toward Gilead: The Rise of American Theocracy

December 13th, 2017


Part 1 of 2: Roy Moore lost, but barely. And his theocratic vision for the country lives on through Operation Save America (OSA), an organization committed to a United States in which abortion, homosexuality, Islam, and …

Running Out of Time: Kentucky’s 20-Week Abortion Ban

November 22nd, 2017


Last winter, Kentucky state lawmakers fast-tracked a bill to ban abortion at 20 weeks post-fertilization. Heather Hyden, 30, of Lexington, Kentucky, talks about how that bill directly affected her pregnancy and her life.

Our Family Business Is Abortion Care

November 15th, 2017


Calla Hales is the 27-year-old lead administrator of a regional chain of abortion clinics called A Preferred Women's Health Center, which she took …

Transgender, Latinx, Poly, and Pregnant: 'I'll Love my Child Without Conditions'

November 8th, 2017


Patrisse Cullors joins CHOICE/LESS again this week, and this time she’s talking to Alex Alvarez, a Latinx transgender man, about his decision to get …

Delivering Hope: The Story of Two Black Midwives in Southern California

November 1st, 2017


Jenn and Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors are joined by Black midwives Racha Tahani Lawler and Debbie Allen to discuss racism in health …

What It's Like to Argue in Front of the Supreme Court and Win

October 25th, 2017


Stephanie Toti tells her story of arguing on behalf of Whole Woman's Health in the landmark Supreme Court case Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt. …

Wendy Davis: Three Minutes Past Midnight

October 18th, 2017


CHOICE/LESS returns with a blockbuster episode as Jenn interviews former Texas State Senator Wendy Davis about the great lengths she took to kill the sweeping anti-abortion bill that later because the infamous Texas HB …

The Backstory, Episode 4: Tuskegee Was 'The Tip of the Iceberg'

June 21st, 2017


When people hear about racism in medical testing and research, they often bring up the infamous "Tuskegee Study," a decades-long program in which the government pretended to treat 400 Black men with syphilis. In fact, …

The Backstory, Episode 3: 'Some People Say It Was Part of Eugenics. We Say It Was Genocide'

June 14th, 2017


Sterilization abuse so far has played a role in every episode of CHOICE/LESS: The Backstory, but in our third installment, this abuse is front and …

The Backstory, Episode 2: Loretta Ross on the Dalkon Shield Disaster

June 7th, 2017


Long-acting reversible contraceptives (LARCs) like intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants are becoming increasingly popular as birth control …

The Backstory, Episode 1: The 1956 Puerto Rican Pill Trial

May 31st, 2017


CHOICE/LESS is back with The Backstory, a four-part miniseries on historical injustices in reproductive and sexual health care advancement.

Today, many people might be appalled to hear of a medical study being …

COMING May 31: A new CHOICE/LESS Miniseries!

May 26th, 2017


On Wednesday, May 31, CHOICE/LESS is back with a four part miniseries. CHOICE/LESS: The Backstory unravels historical instances of health care injustices, and the medical advancements they helped make possible.

Angelique Saavedra: Will My Daughter Understand Me?

March 7th, 2017


Adoption is often painted as the the more ethical alternative to abortion. But both adoption and abortion are reproductive choices that are deeply personal and aren't made lightly. Placing moral superiority on one …

Dominick Evans: How Can You Treat Me if You Won't Recognize Me?

February 28th, 2017


Dominick Evans is a filmmaker and activist currently living in Ohio. He has a progressive, neuromuscular disability called spinal muscular atrophy, …

Dr. Nicola Moore: If Not Me, Who?

February 21st, 2017


Dr. Nicola Moore travels across the country to provide abortions at clinics where laws have made it nearly impossible to find providers in those …

Cherisse Scott: So Why Am I Here?

February 14th, 2017


Fourteen years ago, Cherisse Scott was a singer finishing a national tour. The career she'd worked so hard for all her life was about to blossom. Then an unplanned pregnancy and a trip to what she thought was an …

Tasha Fierce: Do They Care About You Outside This Moment?

February 7th, 2017


Tasha Fierce is a feminist writer and student of sociology. She's always been pro-choice, and when she chose to terminate an unwanted pregnancy she …

Jessica Mason Pieklo: Can Someone Else's Religion Legally Dictate Your Healthcare?

January 31st, 2017


The previous two episodes of CHOICE/LESS featured stories of people denied care at Catholic hospitals because the hospitals claimed their treatment …

Mindy Swank: How Could You Treat Women So Poorly in the Name of God?

January 24th, 2017


Mindy Swank grew up staunchly pro-life in a conservative Baptist family in Illinois. Then at age 24, already a wife and mother, Mindy developed life-threatening complications during a pregnancy. Unfortunately, it wasn’t …

Evan Minton: Why Did They Cancel My Surgery?

January 17th, 2017


Evan Minton is a transgender man, and the day before his hysterectomy was scheduled, his doctor called him with bad news: the surgery was cancelled. …

Jack RR Evans: So, What Do You Want to Do?

January 10th, 2017


Jack RR Evans tells the stories of their abortion and of coming out. Jack, who is a nonbinary transgender person, experienced dysphoria during their pregnancy. Jack understood why years later, when they realized they …

Amelia Bonow: What Kind of Person Shouts About Abortion?

January 4th, 2017


CHOICE/LESS is back, and for the first episode of season 2, host and producer Jenn Stanley speaks to Shout Your Abortion's Amelia Bonow about abortion storytelling and "taking back the moral high ground" from members of …

Jenn: How Will CHOICE/LESS Season 2 Challenge a “Post-Truth” Culture?

December 14th, 2016


In this preview episode, Rewire turns the mic on the CHOICE/LESS producer and host, Jenn Stanley. We'll hear why she created CHOICE/LESS, what she learned from season 1, and what to expect for season 2, which premieres …

Announcing our new podcast Get It Right, and looking ahead to CHOICE/LESS Season 2

October 11th, 2016


Rewire has a new podcast series exploring the intersection of pop culture and justice called Get It Right. Here's a look at that (please subscribe …

Dr. Debra Stulberg: Did you hear we're going to be working for the Pope?

July 11th, 2016


Catholic hospitals and health-care networks are thriving while other non-profit and community hospitals are struggling. As many hospitals try to stay …

Jessica Mason Pieklo: What does the Supreme Court decision really mean?

July 1st, 2016


In this bonus episode of CHOICE/LESS, Rewire's Jessica Mason Pieklo discusses this week's landmark Supreme Court decision, Whole Woman's Health v. …

Brittany: Why wouldn't someone help me?

June 28th, 2016


A 2014 amendment to Tennessee's fetal homicide bill allowed the state to charge pregnant women with aggravated assault, which carries a maximum …

Jessica Valenti: How have I changed?

June 14th, 2016


Jessica Valenti is a feminist author, co-founder of, and columnist at The Guardian US. Her new book, Sex Object, explores what it's …

Kelsey: Who can we talk to?

May 31st, 2016


Kelsey discusses South Dakota's distressing obstacles to seeking and providing abortion services, including regular protestors, agonizing waits and …

Tina: What will the judge say?

May 16th, 2016


Texas is one of 38 states that require some form of parental involvement when a minor seeks an abortion. In the 5th episode of CHOICE/LESS, we hear …

Kelly: How do I take back my story?

May 2nd, 2016


Kelly describes going public with her abortion story--and the shock she felt after it was poached and misrepresented by anti-choice websites without her consent.

Valerie: Why do we hide?

April 15th, 2016


In the third episode of CHOICE/LESS, Valerie discusses her family’s joy for her third pregnancy, the news that changed everything, and the cruel legal obstacles that left her stranded in her own state.

Regina: Is it a life?

April 14th, 2016


In the second episode of CHOICE/LESS, Regina shares the story of the heartbreaking pregnancy complications that tested her physical, emotional and …

Candice: When is it okay?

April 13th, 2016


In this first episode of CHOICE/LESS, Candice talks about the ways her childhood informed her decisions about her own reproduction, and how her choices were hindered by HB 2, the sprawling anti-abortion law at the heart …

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