38th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

22 Jan

We Must Stand United to Protect Women's Rights

January 22, 1973 marks a major victory for women in the United States.  The Unites States Supreme Court recognized the right of women to make personal, private medical decisions and control their bodies and their reproductive health, just as men have always been in control of their own bodies.  While I am taking a small spot of time to celebrate this anniversary, I must confess much of my day today will be consumed in battling those that are trying to restrict or repeal Roe v. Wade.

Unfortunately, just two days ago, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) introduced legislation to end insurance coverage of abortion and drastically undermine women’s health.  In fact, Republicans all over the country, in states such as Ohio, Florida, Kansas and many more, are pushing for abortion curbs.  See the full article in the NYT here. This is unacceptable.  Wealthy women will always find a safe way to have an abortion while poor women will be forced to risk their own lives in back alleys.  Even our current Speaker of the House, John (Fake and Bake) Boehner is granting private audiences to right wing extremist Randall Terry.  Terry has been a long supporter of violence against doctors who perform abortions and violence against women.

I also feel compelled here to talk about language and the importance of words.  The term pro-life is just a spin and myth!  It no longer holds meaning because it has been manipulated by right-wing conservatives.  Many people who are pro-choice are equally pro-life; one does not preclude the other.  How ironic that Randall Terry who is vehemently anti-choice  and calls himself “pro-life” advocates killing abortion doctors–that’s an interesting way of preserving life.  Shame on the media for continuing to use the term pro-life, rather than the more accurate anti-choice.  Even the Huffinton Post has used the term pro-life.  Can we please be more honest about the language we use?

Today we celebrate 38 years of a woman’s right to choose and to have control over her own body.  We still have a long way to go to ensure that women in this country retain those rights.

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4 Responses to “38th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade”

  1. Jennifer January 22, 2011 at 8:40 am #

    Anyone who appreciates going to the doctor for embarrassing or potentially damaging medical issues (i.e. that colonary abscess, STDs, or terminal illnesses should they fear losing their job as a result), should also appreciate Roe V. Wade as it ensures privacy when seeking healthcare.

    I’m all in favor of promoting measures to limit abortions, as it takes a serious emotional toll on those who have one – even if they know it is the right choice and is a challenging, personal/ethical decision. However, I do not promote limiting access, rather things like: sex education, readily available birth control, and free reproductive health counseling and healthcare. Then again, I’m all radical like that.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt January 22, 2011 at 8:45 am #

      Fortunately, Planned Parenthood Clinics all over the country are able to provide all of the above for free, thus why Robert and I donate much of our money to Planned Parenthood.

      • Jennifer January 22, 2011 at 9:09 am #

        Unfortunately, Planned Parenthood is hobbled in many states or not as readily available, except in large cities. You’re right, however, it does wonderful things for people that need help and couldn’t otherwise afford it.
        PS: Protests outside of PP also frequently frighten away people who would need its services. I don’t think that I would want to go for an annual well woman’s exam if it included being harangued by people and photographed.

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt January 22, 2011 at 10:55 am #

        All I can say is shame on those nasty people that picket PP clinics–how dare you intrude on a woman’s health care plan and presume to know what is best for another human being.

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