We Americans have an important celebration coming up. Jan. 22 will mark the 30th anniversary of a triumph for the rights, privacy and freedom of all American people. It will mark the day that the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision came down on the side of justice, making a woman’s right to choose abortion as a safe and legal option.
The ruling recognized the basic right of women to exercise control over their own bodies, their own lives. It put an end to the horrors of illegal back-alley abortions and prevented countless unnecessary deaths. This important decision enables women to shape their own future in a way that is healthy for their families as well as for our whole society. Is there anything more telling of societal failure than unwanted and uncared for children?
Because Roe vs. Wade was decided when I was only 2, I have had the advantage of growing up knowing that it is always a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her body, her health, and her spirit. Abortion is a difficult and personal choice – one that is not taken lightly, one that must not be taken away.
On Jan. 22, let us remember that the laws of our nation have not always protected choice. It is up to you and me to defend the laws that make us free to live our lives as we wish and permit us to work toward a more just and loving world. And let us thank the men and women who won a victory for the rights, privacy and freedom for all of us.