Week in Review 1-19-2018
Monday marks the 45th Anniversary of Roe v Wade when the Supreme Court ruled that the constitutional right to privacy "is broad enough to encompass a woman's decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy," thereby ensuring that women had a protected right to a safe and legal abortion.
Prior to that, women went to extreme, dangerous and desperate measures to end a pregnancy. Women were willing to risk their lives to have control over their bodies.
The Supreme Court's 1973 landmark decision was seen as an empowering day for women. When women can control their bodies and determine when they want to start a family, they can take better control of their economic futures.
Since then, women are still battling for reproductive freedom. Today, state and federal restrictions have placed onerous restrictions on doctors and patients.
There are fewer abortion providers than there were in 1973 and fewer clinics. Seven states have only one abortion provider and/or clinic. Yet one out of four women will have an abortion in their lifetime.
Donald Trump has pledged to overturn Roe v Wade by appointing an anti-choice judge to the Supreme Court. He is doing everything he can to make it hard for women to exercise their right to abortion care by filling his cabinet. agencies and the courts with extremists who are implementing policies toward women.
The only way we can guarantee our reproductive freedom is to elect Members of Congress who believe that this is a fundamental freedom for all women.
We have an opportunity in 2018 to elect pro-choice candidates like: Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), who is running for the Senate; candidate Elissa Slotkin (D-MI); and Sens. Debbie Stabnow (D-MI), Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO). (Click here to donate.)
Every Member of Congress votes on every issue. It is important to support candidates that are pro-choice, even if they aren't from your state.
Come to Washington, DC with JAC Tuesday, March 13 - March 14th when we will advocate for reproductive freedom with leading Members of Congress. They need to hear from us.