22 January 2013

40 years after Roe v. Wade, we're still fighting for those rights

Today, January 22, 2013, marks the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, which ruled that the right to privacy under the 14th Amendment includes a woman's right to exercise sovereignty over her own body and choose to terminate a pregnancy.

And the Republicans are still upset about it. They've been doing everything they can to make abortion as difficult as possible to obtain. In 2012 alone, 19 states enacted 43 restrictions on access to aborton services.

We need to keep fighting back.

Just as female voters got revenge on the rape nuts last November, and rejected candidates like Todd ("legitimate rape") Akin and Richard ("God's will") Mourdock, we need to continually inform and mobilize women against the war on contraception and a woman's right to choose. We need to work at the state level all across the nation to defeat those who would erode our rights.

We cannot afford to let them take us back to the 1950s.

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