Yesterday was the 35th Anniversary of the SCOTUS decision in Roe -v- Wade and, while I didn't hear a thing about on it the radio news, and saw very few headlines on teh internets, I did manage to get in a little celebratory volunteerism down at the NARAL ProChoice Ohio office. Man-O! There's always so much to do and I am not, as I've prolly pointed out a dozen times or more, the most organized of gents. Still, progress was made and more progress planned 'pon. So, all's well for now and plans made for later.
'Tany rate, I wanted to post the scan cuz I think those 2 buttons on the bottom are teh cute! =]
Choice isn't something many folks want ANY of us to have. It is something we've got to protect, share and defend via the political process. I did catch one article which reminded me of how much the idea that women should be the only folks responsible for there own internal processes, so here's a bit from it.
From yesterdays CNN dot com.
35 years after Roe: A legacy of law and morality
"The American people and many political leaders have already made up their minds about legal abortion."
Public opinion on abortion has remained remarkably stable over the years. A CNN/Opinion Research survey in October found 36 percent of Americans think abortion should be legal in most or all circumstances, 40 percent believe it should be available in a few circumstances, such as to save the mother's life, and 22 percent say abortion should never be legal. That is almost unchanged in the past 15 years.
The Roe decision did not prompt "abortion on demand," as many opponents of the procedure predicted it would. Nor have various legislatures or court rulings restricted access as much as some supporters claim.
New research from the Alan Guttmacher Institute found the rate of abortions is at its lowest level since Roe, and the total number is also in decline, about 1.2 million in the year 2005, down 25 percent since the all-time high in 1990.
For the Supreme Court justices, Roe reflected earlier cases involving the right to privacy. That "right," wrote Justice Harry Blackmun in the main opinion for the court, is "broad enough to encompass a woman's decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy."
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