Saturday marked the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade
, the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that recognized a woman's constitutional right to choose abortion. This fundamental right has been upheld in numerous court decisions
, most notably in the 1992 decision, Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey
. However, anti-choice forces continue to chip away at this right.
In his dissent in Casey
, Chief Justice William Rehnquist wrote that "Roe
continues to exist, but only in the way a storefront on a western movie set exists: a mere facade to give the illusion of reality."
Now, Rehnquist was an anti-choice justice; he didn't believe that women's constitutional right to make personal, private medical decisions existed at all. But in the 19 years since Casey, much of his prediction has been borne out:
Anti-choice politicians in the states are threatening a whole laundry list of bills that interfere with women's health and privacy, from abortion-coverage bans to measures that would force women to view an ultrasound before she can access abortion care - even if her doctor doesn't recommend it. There are now 15 states with fully anti-choice governments
(both chambers of the legislature and the governor are anti-choice). That's up from 10 last year.
From Washington, D.C. to statehouses across the country, pro-choice Americans have our work cut out for us this year if we're going to protect a woman's right to choose.