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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Happy Birthday, Roe v. Wade!

Posted by on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 11:21 AM

Today is the day I celebrate another year of being less punished than I could have been for the circumstance of having been born with a uterus. Hooray! (Next up: tampon subsidies and period leave.) In honor of the day, I'd like to remind everyone of a few basic statistics about abortion from the Guttmacher Institute:

• More than half of pregnancies among American women are unintended, and about four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion.

• At least half of American women will experience an unintended pregnancy by age 45, and, at current rates, one in 10 women will have an abortion by age 20, one in four by age 30 and three in 10 by age 45.

• 37% of women obtaining abortions identify as Protestant and 28% as Catholic.

• About 61% of abortions are obtained by women who have one or more children.

• 54% of women who have abortions had used a contraceptive method (usually the condom or the pill) during the month they became pregnant.

The Obama White House released a statement this morning, saying "We reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy, including the right to reproductive freedom."

And our own Washington senator Patty Murray, who we fucking love for a million reasons, released her own statement this morning as well, reminding everyone that this right is under attack more than ever. Last year, she points out, was "yet another record-breaking year of state legislatures passing restrictive legislation barring women’s access to abortion services." She continued: "In fact, in the past three years, the United States has enacted more of these restrictions than in the previous ten years combined." You can read her entire statement below the jump.

Meanwhile, in Washington, DC, right-to-life activists are marching on the Supreme Court in frigid temperatures that have forced them to shorten or cancel some of their planned activities. And as we all know, terrible weather is God's way of saying He doesn't approve of what you're doing. Listen to His divine will, anti-choicers! Turn away from your evil ways!

As we mark the 41st anniversary of the historic Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade, another type of history is being made. In 2013, our nation saw yet another record-breaking year of state legislatures passing restrictive legislation barring women’s access to abortion services. In fact, in the past three years, the United States has enacted more of these restrictions than in the previous ten years combined.

While I am very proud to represent a state that is consistently ranked number one among states that strive to provide women with the tools and resources to make informed health decisions on their own, I remain very disheartened year after year to see other states fall further and further behind. These haven’t just been attacks on a woman’s right to choose, but it’s been an all-out assault on everything from shaming pregnant women to drafting politically-driven legislation intended to create geographical roadblocks for low-income and racial minorities wishing to access safe reproductive services. Not surprisingly, these states that have enacted some of the most extreme and archaic restrictions are also the same states that fail to achieve even mediocre standards when it comes to critical issues like education and the economy.

And if this week’s conversation being held by national Republicans is any indication, it appears the extreme right-wing of this country has no intention of letting up after their record-breaking year attacking women. To combat these misguided attempts we need to not only continue the fight to keep women in the driver’s seat of their private decisions, but we must also continue investing in quality health care and education options, like those made possible through the Affordable Care Act, in order to prevent this deeply personal and troubling life decision too many women still have to make.


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Rotten666 1
Abortions for everybody!
Posted by Rotten666 on January 22, 2014 at 11:45 AM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 2
This line from the link to the "March for Life" rally:
Mary Baxter, 46, came from Grand Rapids, Mich., with her two daughters, Sarah, 18, and Ashleigh, 14.
Immediately made me think of this Onion article:…
Posted by Urgutha Forka on January 22, 2014 at 11:46 AM · Report this
Max Solomon 3
if half of pregnancies in amurka are unintended, america should step up its family planning game.

fewer unintended pregnancies = fewer abortions.

oh, i forgot. jesus.
Posted by Max Solomon on January 22, 2014 at 12:30 PM · Report this
How the fuck is the state of my uterus any of their fucking business?
Posted by judybrowni on January 22, 2014 at 2:37 PM · Report this
meanie 5
There should be reasonable restrictions on uterus's. After all statistically if you have one your more likely to have an abortion.
Posted by meanie on January 22, 2014 at 3:18 PM · Report this
The problem with Roe isn't primarily moral, though that certainly is a problem.

The problem with Roe is that it uses some of the most idiotic legal 'reasoning' since Plessy v Ferguson to give a veneer of justification to an ideological decision, to activist judges supplanting rule of law for their biases.
Posted by Seattleblues on January 22, 2014 at 3:40 PM · Report this
venomlash 7
@5: No, those statistics are wrong. If that's true, why don't the numbers from England and Japan back you up?

@6: This from the guy who claims, without evidence, that the ACA is unconstitutional. YOU'RE NOT A SCHOLAR OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW.
Posted by venomlash on January 22, 2014 at 3:58 PM · Report this

My mistake. I'll defer to your superior education in law and longer life experience, junior. Which article or amendment was it again that specifies a right to privacy?

You don't care, since you want a government with no limits, Constitutional or otherwise. Like all liberals your fear of responsibility for your choices is far greater than your desire to be free.

But, see, I kind of prefer the feds play by the rules. I kind of prefer occasionally screwing up, dealing with the consequences and learning from it to begging like a toddler for government help in all occasions. Maybe because I'm a grownup rather than a liberal...
Posted by Seattleblues on January 22, 2014 at 4:30 PM · Report this

And the idea of the tyrannical government your despicable ilk have saddled us with since the vile FDR telling me what goddamn financial instrument I must buy, mot for my needs but for some fucking other persons, under Obamacare is fucking unconstitutional, moron.
Posted by Seattleblues on January 22, 2014 at 4:33 PM · Report this
emma's bee 10
@8: I'll happily take all kinds of responsibility for my choices, pal, including the choice to terminate any pregnancy that makes its way into my uterus.

Now, go play in your "villa", silly boy.
Posted by emma's bee on January 22, 2014 at 5:30 PM · Report this
ɥsɐןɯouǝʌ 11
@8: Don't tell me. Tell the justices of the Supreme Court, and tell President Barack Obama, who actually IS a professor of constitutional law.
Also, the Fourth Amendment implicitly guarantees a right to privacy. "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated..."
If we did not have a right to privacy, there would be no need for us to be protected against unreasonable searches. Similarly, this passage implicitly guarantees us the right to own personal property. Do you understand how this works?
Posted by ɥsɐןɯouǝʌ on January 22, 2014 at 7:30 PM · Report this

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