Less than a month after the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade in 1973, The Nation published an article supporting the decision. “Jane Roe” of Texas and “Mary Doe” of Georgia wanted abortions, but their states forbade them, and the women decided to challenge the illegality of the procedure. “They, and the seven Justices who voted in their favor, have performed a service of incalculable importance for American womanhood,” wrote The Nation’s editors. Still, the editors were wary of decision’s aftermath. “The Supreme Court decision does not go all the way,” they wrote. “There will be renewed efforts to circumvent it.” Read more here..
- In the 50 states combined, legislators introduced more than 1,100 reproductive health and rights-related provisions, a sharp increase from the 950 introduced in 2010. By year’s end, 135 of these provisions had been enacted in 36 states, an increase from the 89 enacted in 2010 and the 77 enacted in 2009. (Summaries by state included in this Reality Check article.)
- Anti-choice activists always say “punish the doctor, not the mother.” For Florida Rep. Charles Van Zant, that punishment for the physician would be life in prison.
- Twenty-five Kansas House members have agreed to sponsor a proposed “personhood” amendment to the state constitution to ban abortion and are close to introducing it…
- Stand up for Abortion and Birth Control
39 years after women won the right to abortion, this fundamental right is hanging by a thread.
- Nearly 90% of U.S. counties have no abortion provider.
- 2011 saw the greatest number of restrictions passed at the state level – parental notification laws, mandatory waiting periods, gestational bans, etc. – restricting this access even further.
- Doctors who provide abortions are hunted, terrorized and killed.
- And the stigma and shame cast on women who get abortions is greater than ever
As pro-access activists, we need to stay vigilant about pending legislation to limit the rights of women. People often say that women’s rights are the first to be sacrificed by politicians. The legislative measures that have passed in 2011 clearly reflect that.
- Operation Save America is embarking on a new national campaign called States of Refuge, Operation: First Abortion Free State. Currently, there are five states (Arkansas, Mississippi, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming) with one remaining abortion mill within their boundaries. Our purpose is to bring churches and pro-life ministries to each state and allow God to give us the first abortion-free state in America. (web link omitted purposely)
Why are we continuing to fight the same fights 39 years after abortion was ruled legal? The simple answer is politicians encouraging evangelistic citizens to garner their votes.
Abortion Support in Kentucky is celebrating Roe vs Wade with their donation drive towards efforts to make abortion and reproductive healthcare more accessible in Kentucky. Please visit their website and contribute whatever you can.