I almost overlooked this with the Women’s March yesterday. And this is really a part of that. Today is the 44th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision that freed women to make personal health choices for themselves. For me it begins and ends with Planned Parenthood. My dad, a physician, was a co-founder of Planned Parenthood of Central Oklahoma. He felt it was critically important to provide sex education, contraception, and health screening for low income women and he did exactly that with compassion and dedication. Thousands of women can thank him and the Supreme Court for the care they got.
Now Republicans seem determined to take it all away, to throw all women back to the age of coat hangers and back alley abortions. And I’m here to say you can’t get more pro-choice than I am. I am my father’s daughter. I marched for women’s rights in the ’70s and I’d have marched for them yesterday if I could. This is my litmus tests for politicians. This is where my lines are drawn. And it sets me squarely against most of the politicians in Washington today. So be it.
There’s a lot we can do: https://www.istandwithpp.org/take-action
But this day specifically celebrates the Roe v. Wade decision. In 2014 I posted this:
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.
I stand by every word of that.