At Presidential Women’s Center, we look toward the future as we commemorate the 48th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 22nd, 2021. As we remember this important day, the day that abortion become legal in the United states, we are mindful of all the battles we have had to continue to fight to preserve this fundamental right.
We must not be complacent, and we must always keep in mind that anti-abortion supporters and legislators continue to chip away at Roe V. Wade. We wish that when Roe V. Wade was passed in 1973, the right to choose would have been preserved, but unfortunately, that has not been the case. Over the last 48 years, restrictions to accessing abortion have been added to states across the country. Unfortunately, we had had to continue to climb our uphill battle to preserve a woman’s right to control her own body.
We remain cautiously optimistic as the United States has just elected a President who will work to protect a woman’s right to choose what she does with her own body. We are especially thrilled that the next Vice-President of the United States will be Kamala Harris, a staunch supporter of reproductive rights.
However, we must continue to fight and advocate for reproductive rights, now more than ever. President Trump appointed Supreme Court Justices who are anti-choice and the Supreme Court is now stacked against us. Additionally, Trump also appointed 226 federal court judges. These judges will all have lifetime tenure and will be in their positions long after the Trump presidency.
What does all of this mean? It means that cases that are headed to the courts will be judged by predominantly conservative courts who now have more justices that are anti-choice. In other words, Roe v. Wade could easily be overturned or severely restricted and we would lose the right to abortion in this country.
As we commemorate the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we continue to work to protect this basic fundamental law that has been scrutinized and restricted over the last 48 years. As reproductive health care providers, every day we see the life-changing impact that our work has on women’s lives. As we look into the eyes of our patients, we see them…..we hear them….and we will never stop advocating for their rights.
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