On the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade: Commemorating a milestone and looking at the path ahead

Forty years ago today on January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling in the Roe v. Wade case that recognized a woman’s right to privacy in deciding whether or not to terminate a pregnancy and invalidated laws that were on the books in nearly two-thirds of states at that time banning abortion in nearly all circumstances.

Since then, while a woman’s right to control her personal reproductive decisions has been enshrined in constitutional law, it has been far from safe from lawmakers who continue trying to make it a right in name only through policies that restrict access to birth control, abortion, accurate sex education, and even the health care services and resources necessary to choose to parent.

That’s why as we commemorate Roe v. Wade’s 40th anniversary today, we remember that as far as we’ve come, we still have a great deal of work to do to make sure that the promise of Roe –– not just the right to safe, legal abortion, but a woman’s fundamental right to equality, bodily autonomy, and the ability to make the decisions that are best for herself and her family — are a reality for all.

Here are some things to check out online today on Roe day!

  • If you can’t join us at the Capitol in Richmond for the Virginia Pro-Choice Coalition’s “Roe v. Wade 40th Anniversary Rally for Choice,” follow along and check out updates from the rally by following us on Twitter and Facebook. Besides our @NARALVirginia Twitter account, check out the accounts of some of our partners like @PPAVirginia, @ACLUVirginia, @ProgressVA, @VirginiaNOW, or follow our rally hashtag at #VARoe40.
  • NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia’s deputy director Caroline O’Shea will be participating in a “tweetchat” with Fem2.0, the Women’s Information Network, the DC Abortion Fund, and Jodi Jacobson of RHRealityCheck on the 40th anniversary of Roe from 1-2pm EST. Follow along at @NARALVirginia or #RoeAt40.
  • It’s NARAL Pro-Choice America’s annual Blog for Choice Day! Follow along on BlogforChoice.com and the participating blogs, and check out the Twitter hashtags #Blog4Choice and #Tweet4Choice to participate there as well!
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America’s new project Choice Out Loud is launching today! Visit the website at ChoiceOutLoud.org and follow the project on Facebook and Twitter.

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