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Synthetic Religions

S4 E2- Missing Attachments

Amidst the pending Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization Supreme Court case, how does miscarriage disrupt the ongoing debates over abortion rights? Fears over the potential demise of the famous 1973 Roe v. Wade has galvanized contemporary advocates of a woman’s legal right to an abortion to share their stories of abortion out loud, with examples including tennis legend Billy Jean King. A woman’s body orchestrating an abortion onto itself, a phenomenon that the field of medicine refers to as spontaneous abortion, is still a taboo. But this predicament is not uncommon. Mayo Clinic estimates that 10 to 20 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Missing Attachments, episode 2 of Season 4, is a conversation on miscarriage with Ikhlas Saleem, a Moorish American Muslim mother of two children named Mohammed Ahmed and Nur Jannah. Ikhlas recounts the brief moment when Nur Jannah’s heart stopped beating and describes the lasting attachment to her daughter’s spiritual life. Do consider viewing this document after listening to the episode. It lists non-profits that help women cope with miscarriage, links to other stories of miscarriage, and lastly a link to the homepage of a podcast called Identity Politics that was hosted by Ikhlas herself.