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Every week, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy take you on a wild ride through the latest legal battles in the fight for reproductive justice. On everything from abortion rights to trans discrimination to racial justice, Boom! Lawyered will help you get smart, stay mad, have fun, and fight back. Produced by Rewire News Group.

Every week, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy take you on a wild ride through the latest legal battles in the fight for reproductive justice. On everything from abortion rights to trans discrimination to racial justice, Boom! Lawyered will help you get smart, stay mad, have fun, and fight back. Produced by Rewire News Group.


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Every week, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy take you on a wild ride through the latest legal battles in the fight for reproductive justice. On everything from abortion rights to trans discrimination to racial justice, Boom! Lawyered will help you get smart, stay mad, have fun, and fight back. Produced by Rewire News Group.






This City Wants Your Racist Uncle to Enforce Their Abortion Ban

Heads up! If you can help us reach our fundraising goal at, Jess and Imani will film the wildest and smashiest live event in Rewire News Group history next week! Check out that donate page for more info. *** Lubbock, Texas, passed a “sanctuary city for the unborn” ordinance, a so-called heartbeat ban that would ban abortion at around six weeks. The ban would allow anyone to sue to enforce the ban—and not just anyone in Lubbock or Texas. Anyone in the...


Here’s What You Need to Know About the Plan to End Roe

This direct challenge to Roe v. Wade didn't reach the Supreme Court by accident. It was the culmination of a detailed plan that was hiding in plain sight. Actually, that doesn't do it justice—the deep-pocketed anti-choice movement was begging everyone years ago to listen to exactly how it planned to obliterate abortion rights: by passing a 15-week abortion ban in Mississippi and defending it all the way to a revamped Supreme Court. On this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Jess and Imani take us...


Emergency Pod: The Supreme Court Just Fired a Major Warning Shot at Roe

The Supreme Court announced today it would be taking up a case that could completely upend abortion rights. Back in 2018, Mississippi passed a law that banned abortion at 15 weeks. It was struck down at the district level. Then the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, a notoriously conservative appeals court, struck it down, citing the clear precedent of Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey. And if the Supreme Court agreed that this was obviously unconstitutional, they could have easily...


Meet the Republican AGs Driving Their Party Off a Cliff

RAGA is the Republican Attorneys General Association. It's essentially what it sounds like—a bunch of Republican attorneys general whose goal is to get other Republican attorneys general elected to office. Seems (relatively) normal, right? Well, it would be, except the group has gone completely off the deep end. On top of a lot of their members fighting to overturn the 2020 election, there are disturbing connections between RAGA and the insurrection at the Capitol in January. On this...


The Unconstitutional Case the Supreme Court Can't Stop Talking About

Fact #1: Everyone agrees—Mississippi’s lawyers included—that no fetus is viable at 15 weeks. Fact #2: Mississippi passed an abortion ban that takes effect at 15 weeks. Fact #3: Pre-viability abortion bans have been ruled unconstitutional. Combined, these three facts mean that courts should have no trouble striking down Mississippi's ban. And yet! Arguments over that ban have made it all the way to the Supreme Court, where justices have conferenced on whether to hear the case almost twenty...


The Case of the Cursing Cheerleader Reaches the Supreme Court

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case involving a former high school student who posted a photo of herself and a friend on Snapchat with their middle fingers raised. The caption read, “fuck school fuck softball fuck cheer fuck everything.” Have you fainted in outrage yet? Brandi Levy was a freshman at a Pennsylvania high school when she tried out for the varsity cheerleading team. She didn’t make it, and ended up on the JV squad. She probably wasn't happy about that and...


Texas Is Trying to Take Trans Kids From Loving Parents

Just when you thought lawmakers couldn't stoop any lower to attack trans kids, Texas state senators took it to a new level with the introduction of a bill that would prohibit parents from "administering or supplying, or consenting to or assisting in the administering or supplying of puberty suppression prescription drug or cross-sex hormone to a child, other than an intersex child, for the purpose of gender transitioning or gender reassignment." And if parents don't comply, the state could...


Everything You Need to Know About Georgia Voter Suppression

Jess and Imani explain three of the most alarming pieces of legislation introduced anywhere in the United States: -The voter suppression legislation in Georgia, which might be even more outrageous than most folks realize. -A new abortion ban in Texas, which goes even farther than your typical effort to criminalize health care. -The anti-trans bill in Arkansas, which is poised to take effect despite a veto from Governor Asa Hutchinson. Can somebody stop this ride? We'd like to get out...


Biden Plans to Give the Courts a Much-Needed Kick in the Pants

President Joe Biden's recent slate of judicial nominees are more than a breath of fresh air—they represent a serious step forward in building a more just legal system. And we need good judges now more than ever because state legislatures around the country are trying to pass some terrible laws. For example, an alarming new bill in Arkansas could strip trans kids of necessary health care. Meanwhile, the Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has more anti-choice shenanigans up his sleeve....


Reacting to the Atlanta Shootings

On this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani and Jess talk about the increasing violence against the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, the importance of allyship in its wake, and how racist stereotypes against the AAPI community are also fueling new anti-choice legislation. In a bit of good news, the Biden administration's getting serious about new judicial nominees and the candidates being vetted should inspire hope. Rewire News Group is a nonprofit media organization, and...


Arkansas Woos Amy Coney Barrett With a Very Bad Ban

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a bill Tuesday that would ban all abortions in the state except those deemed a “medical emergency.” If it takes effect in August as planned, it'll be the most restrictive abortion ban in the country. Fortunately, legal challenges should be on the way. But is that what they want? In better news, the COVID-19 stimulus package has a lot of health-care goodies in it, and the Biden administration is out to undo Betsy DeVos' damage to campus sexual assault...


Remember When We Could Hug?

One year ago today, Jess Pieklo and Imani Gandy were on the steps of the Supreme Court for the oral arguments in June Medical Services v. Russo. Since then, everyone's lives—and the Supreme Court itself—have been turned completely upside down. On this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Jess and Imani reflect on everything that's changed and what lies ahead. Rewire News Group is a nonprofit, so your support makes this podcast possible. If you can, please support us so we can keep this wild ride...


Supreme Court Election Conspiracies and Abortion Cases

Justice Clarence Thomas has gone full election truther. And if that's not enough to make you sweat, the most conservative Supreme Court of our lifetimes just took on its first abortion rights case of 2021. Oh, and a Virginia school district is going back to court because apparently they're that desperate to discriminate against trans kids. On this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imany Gandy explain how progressives are fighting back on all of these fronts. Rewire News...


How to Bankrupt the Proud Boys

The impeachment trial was going so well! Alas, the Democrats managed to tie themselves into knots and fumble away the narrative. But all is not lost, thanks to a creative lawsuit that invokes the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871. Meanwhile, the Biden administration took some bold steps to rescue the Affordable Care Act from a Supreme Court disaster while 30 (!) states are gearing up to attack abortion rights and trans kids. So it's all a bit of a roller-coaster. On this episode of Boom! Lawyered,...


Put Imani Gandy on the Bench, You Cowards

This week, the nation reckoned with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's terrifying account of the insurrection at the Capitol. Democrats also discussed plans to un-bleep the courts, but will they go far enough? And the Department of Justice signaled a major sea-change on immigration. Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo help you make sense of all of these topics and more in this latest episode of Boom! Lawyered. Listen now! If you'd like to support Boom! Lawyered, please do at...


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Nuke the Filibuster?

The filibuster was created by accident. Now, it's one of the most controversial and crucial components of our clunky mess of a government. But is it a good thing or a bad thing? On this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Jessica Mason Pieklo and Imani Gandy dig into whether the filibuster helps or hurts progressives in the long run, how to work around it, and whether those workarounds offer any path to stronger abortion protections. If you'd like to support Boom! Lawyered, please do so at...


Hey Joe, It Feels Good to Say the 'A' Word

On day one of his White House term, President Joe Biden made big moves to protect LGBTQ and undocumented folks, called out the dangers of white supremacy, and more. It was a helluva start! But there was one minor kerfuffle at the end of the day. On this episode of Boom! Lawyered, Imani Gandy and Jessica Mason Pieklo break down the moments to celebrate and explain why Biden and his surrogates should unapologetically proclaim their support for abortion access. To support Boom! Lawyered,...


Hunting Nazis with the New Department of Justice

Last week, President-elect Joe Biden announced his key nominees for the Department of Justice. And those nominees—Merrick Garland, Vanita Gupta, and Kristen Clarke—talked a big game about dismantling fascism and advancing progressive justice. It was exciting stuff! But who exactly are these folks? Can we trust them to back up their words with actions? And what can we expect from them regarding the safety of abortion clinics, providers, and patients? Our Boom! Lawyered podcast has returned...


Making Sense of It All, Reality TV-Style: Roe v. Wade, Episode 5

Welcome to the re-release of We’ll Hear Arguments, a mini-series from the Boom! Lawyered team that dives into the dramatic arguments of the most important Supreme Court cases in history. To honor the absurd shenanigans of the Roe v. Wade arguments, we complete our mini-series with a reality tv-style reunion episode that will leave you with all the feels.