What Roe V. Wade Means to Me

This Saturday, January 22, marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that ruled that the right to privacy in the U.S. Constitution protects the right of a woman to choose whether to continue a pregnancy to term or to have an abortion.

Two generations of Americans have grown up with Roe v. Wade as the law of the land, and Americans still strongly support this decision. According to a recent Hart Research poll, 62 percent of voters oppose overturning the landmark decision.

Unfortunately, anti-choice politicians are doing more than ever to restrict access and the availability of abortion. Legislation is being introduced in Congress to strip family planning funding and restrict access, and every day it seems like another state is introducing a law to further restrict the procedure.

That’s why, on this anniversary, we’re taking time to tell individual stories. A number of our supporters have shared with us what Roe means to them – whether it’s having access to a needed medical procedure, a memory of an illegal abortion, or the importance of knowing that they are able to have control over their own bodies and reproductive health decisions.

We’re reminding people that this isn’t just a political issue, and it’s not about the numbers. This issue affects real women and real women’s lives, and those are the women whose stories we’re telling.

Do you have a story to tell too? Then let us know in the comments, or send us an email! Otherwise, read on, and please, share as widely as possible.

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