41 years ago today, the pro-choice movement’s historic Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion was made. It was a momentous victory, but more than four decades later, we’re still fighting every day to protect it.
In 2013, 53 anti-choice measures were passed at the state level. And with the 2014 midterm elections coming up, you can bet that Republican legislators on both the federal and state levels will be re-doubling their efforts to send women back to the alleys. They are cutting back not only abortion access, but also access to birth control.
Already, House Republicans have listed passing the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” as a top priority for the coming year. Just last week, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on whether or not local governments can create safety buffer zones around clinics to protect healthcare professionals and patients. Buffer zones, which ensure the safety of those entering and exiting clinics, exist in three states and dozens of municipalities. And today, thousands of anti-choice protestors will march to the National Mall in D.C. in their annual “March for Life.”
I wish I could say that 41 years later, we no longer have to fight for reproductive rights. The truth is, the attacks on women’s rights to decide whether or not to have an abortion or use birth control have only increased in recent years. But you know one thing that hasn’t changed? The dedication and passion of women’s rights activists like yourself. Because of you, we have and will continue to make a difference.