Protecting women's rights
Published: Saturday, January 24, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 23, 2004 at 10:47 p.m.
This week marks the 31st anniversary of Roe v. Wade (Jan. 22), the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that guaranteed women access to abortion. But today, 31 years later, reproductive rights are in greater peril than at any time since Roe was decided.
Anti-choice politicians are stacking the courts with justices who want to take away women's right to make their own reproductive choices, and extremist anti-choice groups harass and threaten patients and reproductive health care providers alike.
The dedicated individuals who fought to make abortion legal knew the consequences of back-alley procedures all too well. But far too many Americans now take their reproductive rights for granted. They have never known a world without Roe, and are often unaware of the grave threats that anti-choice politicians and extremists pose to their reproductive freedoms.
Roe's anniversary should prompt America's pro-choice majority to rededicate itself to protecting reproductive rights for this and future generations. If we don't act now to protect our rights, we risk allowing anti-choice forces to impose their narrow ideological agenda on the most personal aspects of our lives.
Planned Parenthood calls on you to make your voice heard and to join the March for Women's Lives on April 25 in Washington D.C. (www.marchforwomen.org).
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