January 22 is a notable date in history most of us probably don’t discuss too much in school: Today is the 37th anniversary of the Supreme Court‘s Roe vs. Wade decision which effectively legalized abortion in the United States. Do you think anyone could have foreseen how, 37 years later, abortion would still be so controversial?
After the jump, let’s take a look at what abortion supporters, as well as abortion opponents, have planned for this day:Roe V. Wade Opponents:
- Every year since 1974 (the year after Roe vs. Wade was legalized), thousands of abortion opponents have descended upon Washington, D.C. for a march and a day of speeches. [March For Life]
- Abortion opponents who couldn’t attend the march on Washington, D.C. could have created an avatar to “march” in the Virtual March For Life. The website also include a page of “leader” avatars who are were virtually marching, including Sen. John McCain, former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, Texas Governor Rick Perry, and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, among others. [Virtual March For Life]
- Palin also took to her Facebook page to speak out against abortion. In a note on her page, Palin wrote: “I know from experience the joy and blessings that come from embracing life, and I know how important their work is in helping women choose life despite less than ideal circumstances. The pro-life movement is pro-women, and it empowers women with the message that we are strong enough and smart enough to be able to pursue education, vocations and avocations while giving life to a child. [Sarah Palin Facebook]
Roe V. Wade Supporters:
- The National Organization for Women is holding a rally and vigil in front of the Supreme Court. [National Organization for Women]
- The National Abortion Rights Action League / Pro-Choice America held its fifth annual Blog for Choice Day. This year, NARAL asked bloggers to write about what the phrase “trust women” means to them. [NARAL]
- The American Civil Liberties Union posted an article, “Reflections on a Decade of Reproductive Freedom,” by Louise Melling from their Reproductive Freedom Project. [ACLU]
Whatever you’re doing this Roe vs. Wade anniversary, stay safe and, as always, respectful of other people’s points of view.