Today marks the 38th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade.
Given the ongoing battles to secure full and equitable access to comprehensive medical care – including abortion – for women, today provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the implications of Roe and the strides we have made as a movement.
In the spirit of Roe, we asked some of our board members a simple question: On its 38th anniversary, what does Roe v. Wade mean to you?
“To me, Roe means the freedom for women to reach their full potential and determine the course of their own lives.”
“To me, Roe v. Wade means being empowered to decide when to be a parent.”
“Roe means I am allowed to choose what I do with my body. Roe is about trusting women to do what is right for them, their families and their community.”
“Roe allows women and girls the legal right to access abortion care and with that, the right to decide how their reproductive capacities determine the meaning of “family”. In the spirit of Roe, women and girls can seek legitimate, safe, quality health care in order to help maintain the resources and energy they already provide to those in their care and safeguard their future fertility in case they desire to add to their existing families.”
“Roe is a step toward the day women are no longer second-class citizens in this country.”
“For me, Roe v. Wade is the Supreme Court’s acknowledgment that women are not defined merely by our biology; we too have the right to self determination.”
“Roe v. Wade means that it’s not up to anyone else to tell me what to do with my body.”
While the anniversary of Roe makes us grateful for the rights we do have, there is much left to do to protect, and advance, the rights of women.
So today, on the anniversary of Roe, please remember how fragile access to choice is for many women in this country. Without access to public funding for abortion care, funds like DCAF are working as hard as we can to fill the unmet needs in our community.