Yes, folks, it’s RoeVWade’s birthday today! 29 years ago on this day, an essential and nation-changing decision was made by the Supreme Court: Women have a brain and can make decisions for themselves – let’s let them! In honor of RoeVWade Day, I want to mention a few points.
First, what’s this legislate-y stuff all about again? Well, the issue of abortion and choice was as highly controversial in the 1970s as it is today, but a court case surrounding a woman’s right to choose whether or not to have an abortion went all the way to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court decided that women had a right to choose whether or not to have an abortion under the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, stating right of privacy. The details of this are obviously much more complex, which you can read about here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roe_v._Wade
Next, we have to mention the political heat on abortion in current day. With our newly elected officials taking office, pro-choicers are hearing a lot of anti-choice talk. What can you do about it? Know who supports choice and who opposes choice. And speak out! Make sure politicians know that choice is important to you. Follow women’s rights groups on Twitter (including us at SeeJaneRunTShow!). SourceWatch is also a great resource (for more than just choice!): http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=SourceWatch
Last, we can’t celebrate RoeVWade Day without remembering where we were before. We’re talking using hangers that accidentally cut open the uterus (and sometimes bleeding out to death); going to doctors performing illegal, unsafe, and outrageously expensive abortions (think Dirty Dancing); and using corrosive soap to abort a fetus (highly dangerous and also a frequent cause of death). If you want an in-depth look, I would highly recommend watching the movie “If These Walls Could Talk.” It’s a brilliant movie that depicts the lives of three women debating having an abortion: one in the 1950s, one right after RoeVWade, and one in the 1990s.
Enough talk – go out and celebrate the ability to choose if birth, abortion, adoption, or other is the right option for you!