The Supreme Court ruled 38 years ago today that a woman’s right to privacy covers the decision on whether to have an abortion. Since then, the right to abortion has become the most polarizing of all social issues, and unfortunately anti-abortion activists and terrorists have been succeeding in chipping away at a woman’s right to decide what to do with her own body.
This issue angers me like no other. Nothing pisses me off like watching a bunch of rich old white men who will never have to worry about getting pregnant making it nearly impossible for women to access legal medical care.
The thing that anti-abortion activists conveniently ignore is that no woman wants to need an abortion. Some women don’t want to be pregnant at all, and some would do anything to have a healthy pregnancy. But the world doesn’t work like that.
So in order to celebrate Roe v. Wade and get energized to continue advocating for access to abortion, check out a few of these stories.
When Abortion Was Illegal: Untold Stories From the women who suffered in the years before abortion was made legal.
A Peruvian teen tried to commit suicide after she became pregnant from multiple rapes, and was denied medical care and an abortion because she was pregnant.
A Polish woman died because doctors refused to treat her colon condition out of fear she would miscarry. Instead, both she and the fetus died.
A devastated husband stood up to anti-choice protesters at the clinic where his wife had an abortion after finding out her baby had no kidneys, no bladder–no chance for survival. Aaron Gouveia describes the worst day of his life.
Kermit Gosnell has been arrested and charged with murder after running an unlicensed abortion clinic in Pennsylvania. This isn’t one more reason to make abortion illegal; it’s one more reason to make it easier to access so women aren’t risking their lives out of desperation to end a pregnancy.
Andrew Sullivan of the Daily Dish is devout Catholic whose stance against abortion has changed after hearing the personal stories of his readers who went through the hell of deciding whether to have an abortion and then trying to get one. These are stories of people who experienced the untold number of deformities and genetic abnormalities that can occur in utero. Many of them can cause the death of the mother and the fetus. The decisions these women and men made were excruciating, and it’s irresponsible of the anti-choice movement to pretend they were made lightly.
Abortion Gang is a great blog written by “unapologetic activists for reproductive justice.” Lots of interesting issues are discussed there.