Marking Roe v. Wade: Where Do You Stand on Abortion Rights?
By Melissa Ford on January 22, 2014
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A snow storm closed area schools for two days, but that didn't stop busloads of people from braving the weather to head down to the Mall in order to affirm and protest abortion rights on the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
The annual March for Life to protest abortion had already changed their format this year, but they needed to further accommodate the weather by doing away with their 5K and band. The focus of the march has also changed this year. While it is still being held today on the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, instead of protesting abortion, they are championing "the idea of 'noble adoption' as an alternative to abortion." They are also utilizing social media to get their message out and gain supporters who can't make it to Washington, DC. The bulk of the day's activities will take place from noon until 1:30 pm.
Simultaneously, those in favour of abortion rights also are being vocal on the anniversary. The President called for a re-commitment to the decision of Roe v. Wade:
...Every woman should be able to make her own choices about her body and her health. 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 we resolve to reduce the number of unintended pregnancies, support maternal and child health, and continue to build safe and healthy communities for all our children. Because this is a country where everyone deserves the same freedom and opportunities to fulfill their dreams.
National Organization for Women is holding its own march tonight to ensure that "every woman has the right to have the children she wants, raise the children she has, plan her own family and make her own health care decisions." They are gathering outside the Supreme Court at 5 pm.
As both sides appeal to the youth of America -- the March for Life going so far as to bus down children from schools for the event -- a large portion of the people involved in today's anniversary events will have been born before the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade.
Where do you stand today in terms of abortion rights? Have your views changed over time?