40 Years Later–What the Roe?

For Khan ArticleJanuary 22, 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. All month, we’ll be running posts examining various aspects of this landmark ruling. If you’d like to contribute, let us know!

This week marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. But 40 years later, does the ruling matter? The easy answer is no. While American women still have the right to have an abortion, many cannot exercise that right. Abortion opponents have successfully reduced women’s access to clinics that perform the procedure and placed unneccesary restrictions on many of the clinics that do. Four states have only one abortion clinic, the past two years have seen a record amount of antiabortion legislation passed in state legislatures, and 2013 is already promising more of the same.

But easy answers never tell the whole story. If they did, we would have stopped arguing about abortion ages ago–right around the time “Abortion is Murder” met “My Body, My Choice.” The uneasy answer is that Roe v. Wade very much matters in 2013 … except when it doesn’t.

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Pro-Choice News Roundup: Happy Anniversary Roe v. Wade!

On Roe v. Wade Anniversary Obama Vows to Protect Women’s Choice. Huffington post.

Roe v. Wade Anniversary” Marking the 39th with marches and blogs. L.A. Times.

Roe at 39: Celebrate Roe by Taking Action to Ensure Abortion is Both Legal and Accessible. Alternet.

Roe at 39: Sometimes the Sky Does Fall. RH Reality Check.

Roe v. Wade Turns 39: Top 5 Threats to Women’s Right to Choose. International Business Times.

How Will You Commemorate Roe?

The 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade is quickly approaching. How will you commemorate the day?

College students are in a prime position to celebrate the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. You have access to free speech zones on your campus, and you’ve got access to warm bodies who are always up for a little action. So why not plan an action with a little razzle dazzle?

Pledge a Protester
If your campus is prone to having anti-choice protesters show up on January 22nd, why not make a little money off of their presence? You could have people give pledges for every protester who shows up, then donate the money to a pro-choice organization, such as Planned Parenthood or the National Abortion Fund.

Stage a Die In
Die ins are a great way to attract attention. If you’ve got a group of activists who are willing to lay around all day, you can designate one person to be the the “spokesperson.” Everyone else lays down to represent the people who died due to unsafe, illegal abortions. The spokesperson can answer questions if anyone stops by the protest. It also pairs nicely with the Pledge a Protester, so the spokesperson can collect spontaneous donations from curious passersby. [Read more...]