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Op-Ed: Need To Protect Abortion Rights Continues, Regardless of 'Pro-Choice' Label

Op-Ed: Need To Protect Abortion Rights Continues, Regardless of 'Pro-Choice' Label

July 31, 2014 — Although the term "pro-choice" has fallen out of favor among some abortion-rights supporters, "no one should think for a second that the advocacy to protect abortion rights is no longer a priority," the Los Angeles Times' Carla Hall writes in an opinion piece.

Hall adds that while she has "never been particularly fond of the 'pro-choice' and 'pro-life' handles," she is concerned over reports that young women do not identify as pro-choice.

She explains, "What women -- apparently young women in particular -- need to be cognizant of is that many of their rights to control their reproductive systems are under attack by antiabortion activists." These attacks include not only the "familiar" efforts to undermine the Affordable Care Act's (PL 111-148) contraceptive coverage requirements, but also state "laws eroding access to a woman's constitutional right to a legal abortion," Hall writes.

"[P]eople who prefer a more all-encompassing term like women's health care should not delude themselves into believing" that abortion is not "a profoundly important, constitutionally guaranteed right that women -- and men -- should not take for granted," she continues.

Although "a woman's main concern on a day-to-day basis may not be abortion rights," the fact is that "she has the luxury of abortion rights not being her main concern because it's been an absolute guaranteed right in this country for 40 years," Hall argues. She adds, "What pro-choice or abortion rights advocates work hard at is making sure that that right doesn't go away" (Hall, Los Angeles Times, 7/29).