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SCOTUS case could undo almost 50 years of abortion precedent

River to River airs weekdays at 12 p.m. on IPR News and News/Studio One and 10 p.m. on IPR News.

Arguments began Wednesday before the U.S. Supreme Court over a Mississippi abortion law. The law bans abortion after 15 weeks, which puts in question a standard the court has used for deciding abortion cases since Roe v. Wade in 1973.

In this episode of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with political analysts Donna Hoffman of the University of Northern Iowa and Dennis Goldford of Drake University about the political implications of a ruling on abortion that would overturn nearly 50 years of precedent.

They also discuss other political news of the week.


  • Donna Hoffman, professor of political science, University of Northern Iowa
  • Dennis Goldford, professor of political science, Drake University
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Katherine Perkins is IPR's Program Director for News and Talk