Staci Fox: Remembering Roe v. Wade

Published: Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 20, 2012 at 3:22 p.m.

January 22, 2012 marks the 39th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade. This ruling guaranteed that the U.S. Constitution affords individuals a right to privacy that protects the right of a woman to choose whether to continue a pregnancy to term or have a safe and legal abortion.

The truth is, no matter what they call themselves or where they align politically, a majority of Americans respect the decision each woman must make about her own pregnancy. Many understand there is a need for safe and legal abortion services in this country and oppose efforts to overturn Roe.

In Florida, anti-women’s health legislators have introduced legislation that would undermine women’s health, not just access to safe abortion care. Last year, our elected officials filed 18 anti-choice bills and passed five of them. One even places an amendment to the constitution on our 2012 ballot asking voters to restrict access to reproductive health care.

We’re expecting 2012 to be another year of extremes, as lawmakers use women’s health as a diversion from the real problems facing Americans. Elected on the promise of job and economic growth, these politicians have spent their time pressing legislation that cuts funding for family planning and restricts access to lifesaving health care. Which is why this is the year, we need to draw the line and say enough is enough.

We will fight to make sure that anti-women’s health legislators hear the call to protect women’s health, not undermine it.

Staci Fox,

President & CEO

Planned Parenthood of North Florida

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