On today’s episode of the 5 Things podcast: Abortions don’t have to be traumatic. But overturning Roe v. Wade could make it that way.

Wellness reporter Jenna Ryu explains. Plus, the Jan. 6 committee outlines how Trump pressured Pence to reject election results, patient safety reporter Karen Weintraub looks at when to expect COVID-19 vaccines for young kids, flooding continues in Montana and the College World Series begins.

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Taylor Wilson:

Good morning. I’m Taylor Wilson and this is 5 Things you need to know Friday, the 17th of June, 2022. Today abortions and trauma, plus severe flooding continues in Montana and more.

Here are some of the top headlines:

  1. Two people were killed and one injured after a person opened fire at an Alabama church last night. Authorities said a lone gunman entered a small church meeting at Vestavia Hills in suburban Birmingham.
  2. The host sites for the 2026 FIFA World Cup have been announced. The Cup will be hosted by the US, Mexico, and Canada, and yesterday the host cities were unveiled. They include Toronto and Vancouver in Canada, and Mexico City, Monterey, and Guadalajara in Mexico. In the US there will be 11 different hosts.
  3. The Golden State Warriors are NBA champions again. They beat the Boston Celtics last night 103-90 to wrap up the series in six games. It’s the team’s fourth championship in the last eight years.

According to several studies, the most common feeling after an abortion is not pain, it’s relief. Wellness Reporter Jenna Ryu says that while abortions don’t have to be traumatic, overturning Roe v. Wade could make it that way.

Jenna Ryu:

Just to go into background a little bit, there is an assumption that abortions are… or the abortion process is traumatizing, just because historically it hasn’t been talked about openly in social environments due to the stigma. So there are a lot of narratives that kind of circle around the topic, one of them being that the process is traumatizing. While it can be for some women, this assumption often overshadows the research and studies that have shown that many women who do seek abortions and have safe access to it find it empowering and liberating, so not traumatic or painful.

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