40 Years After Roe v. Wade, We Still Fall Short of Reproductive Justice

The ongoing march toward full equality requires more than an acknowledgment of a ‘right to choose.’.

The 1973 Supreme Court decision established the right to abortion.
By SHARE

[Read the U.S. News Debate: Should Catholic and Other Religious Institutions Have to Cover Birth Control?]

Conservatives have already signaled that they'll try to distract voters from issues like abortion and birth control. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell waited until the Friday between Christmas and New Year's to sign a law imposing impossible and unnecessary regulations on abortion clinics, thus forcing their closure. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told the Republican Governors Association that conservatives shouldn't change their hardline agenda, just the way they talk about it. The last thing they want in 2014 is for voters to become knowledgeable about their social agenda and energized to defeat them.

That's where organizations dedicated to women's rights and justice come in. We need to ensure voters are educated and mobilized about women's access to reproductive healthcare. That is how we will elect legislators who stand with the people, where the people already are—squarely in support of real, lasting equality and justice for women.

Thanks to Roe¸ many of those lawmakers will themselves be women.

  • See a collection of political cartoons on Congress.
  • Read the U.S. News Debate: Should the Medicare Eligibility Age Be Raised?
  • Check out U.S. News Weekly: an insider's guide to politics and policy.