Friday, January 25, 2008

35th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

January 22 marked the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade which made abortion legal in the US.

As mentioned in Wikipedia: The central holding of Roe v. Wade was that abortions are permissible for any reason a woman chooses, up until the "point at which the fetus becomes ‘viable,’ that is, potentially able to live outside the mother's womb, albeit with artificial aid. Viability is usually placed at about seven months (28 weeks) but may occur earlier, even at 24 weeks." The Court also held that abortion after viability must be available when needed to protect a woman's health, which the Court defined broadly in the companion case of Doe v. Bolton.

We need to remember that, even as there are efforts in this country to ban abortion again.

In Georgia, HR 536 proposes: an amendment to the Constitution so as to provide that the paramount right to life is vested in each human being from the moment of fertilization without regard to age, race, sex, health, function, or condition of dependency (emphasis my own).

My views are more along the lines of:
Against Abortion? - Don't Have One!
Someone You Know May Need a Choice
If You Can't Trust Me With a Choice How Can You Trust Me With a Child?
And most of all:
Be a Voice For Choice - Every Child a Wanted Child

1 comment:

Stacey said...

Sadly, the same thing will be on our ballot in November here in Colorado. Can you believe we are still fighting for this right? Still!!?? There are so many more issues we need to help the world address, that I wish we could move on from this one for good. Alas, that is not the case.