January 26, 2016
"It's Now or Never for Reproductive Rights," Ilyse Hogue,Huffington Post blogs: "As we celebrate the 43rd anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion nationwide, we also face growing and imminent threats to that right," Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, writes. She explains that while Roe "opened the door for women to start making [reproductive health] decisions on their own terms," there has been a "deliberate, systematic attempt by organized forces who see stopping abortion as a critical way to stop the strides that women have made." According to Hogue, "These efforts make Roe a policy anomaly. It's long been accepted as law, with the support of seven in 10 Americans, but thanks to conservative lawmakers it has become almost impossible to access it in many states." She writes, "State by state, county by county, new laws are being enacted under the ruse of improving the health and safety of women, despite the fact that abortion is one of the safest medical procedures done in the United States," adding, "The only thing unsafe about abortion is its existence as a right for all." Hogue notes that the Supreme Court this year will consider Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt, "a case that gets to the heart of what it means to have access to our rights," as well another case, a "challengeto the mandate that all American women be allowed access to birth control through their insurance -- regardless of the personal politics of their employer." Noting that "[r]eproductive freedom is an equalizer that allows women economic freedom," Hogue calls on "men and women who identify as pro-choice" to protect abortion rights "for the growing number of women and families who can no longer access it, and for future generations of Americans who deserve the same freedoms that we have relied on" (Hogue, Huffington Post blogs, 1/21).
What others are saying about the Roe v. Wade anniversary:
~ "#Roe43: What Every (Progressive) Boy Should Know," Soraya Chemaly, Huffington Post blogs.
~ "43 Years After Roe v. Wade, Battle for Abortion Access Is Far From Over," Joan Malin, Huffington Post blogs.
~ "On Roe Anniversary, Let's Remember the U.S. Women for Whom Abortion Is a Right on Paper Only," Heather Boonstra, Ms. Magazine blog.
"How Many Abortion Providers Are There in Your State? The Numbers Have Dropped & It's a Growing Problem -- Infographic,"Emma Cueto, Bustle: Cueto shares several infographics based on data from the Guttmacher Institute that show how the number of abortion providers per state has declined since abortion-rights opponents began pushing "a wave of legislation designed to make abortions more difficult to obtain." Cueto explains that "more bills aimed at restricting abortion were passed between 2011 and 2013 than were passed in the entire previous decade," adding that "2014 and 2015 have only brought on more." According to the Guttmacher Institute, "more than a third of women in the United States live in a county without an abortion provider," Cueto writes, adding that "most states have lost at least one abortion provider in recent years." She notes, "Overall, there were 73 fewer abortion providers in the country in 2011, a four percent decline from 2008." While a few states "gained more abortion providers, many more states saw the number of abortion providers decline, in some cases dramatically," such as New York, which "lost 24 abortion providers between 2008 and 2009," Cueto writes. According to Cueto, data show that "so many states clearly don't have enough providers," including North Dakota, which "still only has one" clinic, and Idaho, which has 44 counties "but only had four abortion providers in 2011." Noting that "things have already gone far enough," Cueto concludes, "The fact that people who disagree [with Roe] are trying to go around the courts to deny women practical access to these rights is just plain wrong and needs to stop" (Cueto, Bustle, 1/22).
What others are saying about access to care:
~ "5 Charts That Show the Bleak State of Abortion Rights," Alex Zielinski, Center for American Progress' "ThinkProgress."
~ "Pro-Life Fanatics Want You To Think Abortion Clinics Are Terrifying Places; Here's What One Really Looks Like," Danielle Campoamor, Salon.