Wednesday (Jan. 22) is the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade that secured to U.S. women the constitutional right to control their own bodies and terminate a pregnancy. Since 1973, abortion has been legal everywhere, with limited ability by government to restrict access to abortion procedures. However, the number and kind of restrictions imposed by state governments has grown increasingly onerous over the years.
Last year, states enacted 70 laws restricting access. The year before (2012), there were 42 new laws, and the year before that (2011) there were more than 90, for a total of 205 abortion restrictions passed in the past three years, in 30 states, according to the Guttmacher Institute.
Except in California, which was the only state last year to actually expand access to reproductive health care by permitting nonsurgical abortion procedures to be performed by paramedical personnel. Aren’t you glad you live in California, where government actually believes women are people with civil rights and the judgment to make their own decisions? The National Organization for Women urges everyone to remember Wednesday how far we have come in the struggle for women’s rights, and how far we still have to go.