Fighting for Roe also means enforcing it

News & Politics

It's the 33rd anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the country is under siege. Conservative fundamentalists are dishing out anti-choice legislation and influencing social mores across the land -- check out Bush V. Choice's round-up of an anti-choice 2005.

Roe is just about three years older than I am, and now that we're both in our thirties, it's time to get down to business and the brass tacks. No more of this pussy-footin' around the Right; my colleague Joshua had some excellent thoughts on that topic this morning. We've been letting the conservatives and the fundamentalists have too many wins, and we're suffering from the continuing compromises of the Democrats. (I'm just not willing to party in the Big Tent.)

Many people my age, especially those of us clustered in urban settings, are lucky enough to not know what it's like to not be able to take care of ourselves however we see fit. But in Kentucky and Louisiana, it's as if Roe doesn't even exist for them. 98 percent of counties in Kentucky have no abortion services, and neither do 92 percent of counties in Louisiana. So, while we're out here spending so much of our energy defending it, there's women right here in our own country who don't even have their rights to begin with.

Maybe it's time we devote some of that energy to getting out on the ground and getting women the healthcare that's constitutionally protected by this big, looming law we fight so hard for year after year. Find out how your state ranks over at NARAL's "Who Decides?"

Posted in conjunction with Blog for Choice Day.

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