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Happy Birthday, Roe v. Wade

The Roe v. Wade decision was handed down 38 years ago today. In it the Supreme Court said all women have the right to privacy in making medical decisions for themselves, including abortion if they so choose.

In the 21st Century, despite all the advances of medicine, science, law, and education, there are still some who believe they are entitled to tell others — usually complete strangers — what they can and cannot do with their own bodies. There are still those who think their religious and personal views supersede the legal and personal rights of others and will resort to almost anything to impose those views.

Roe v. Wade ensures the right of every woman in the country to decide for herself whether or not to have an abortion. It also means that any woman who opposes abortion can choose not to have one.

Today, no matter how you feel about abortion, celebrate your right to choose for yourself. And respect everyone else’s right to do the same.

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