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Sometimes you need to have a glass of wine, cuppa whatever and listen to a good old weird story. Musical score Resting Place by A Cast of Thousands.

May 9, 2019

Strange Country cohosts Beth and Kelly want to keep things light and frothy with this week's episode so that's why they're talking about. . . abortion. They talk about some really dope laws that have been passed recently, discuss abortion's history, and wonder how women dying unnecessarily is considered "pro-life."

Theme music: Resting Place by A Cast of Thousands.

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Bingham, Clara. “Code Names and Secret Lives: How a Radical Underground Network Helped Women Get Abortions Before They Were Legal.” Vanity Fair, 17 Apr. 2019,

Blakemore, Erin. “The Criminalization of Abortion Began as a Business Tactic.”, A&E Television Networks, 22 Jan. 2018,

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