Jan. 22, 1973 is an important day for reproductive rights. It was the day the Supreme Court announced its decision in the Roe vs. Wade case—its decision to legalize abortion in the U.S.
However, Roe has not completely protected the right to choose. Since 1973, anti-choice politicians have introduced and passed laws that roll back reproductive rights across the country, and clinics, doctors, and patients continue to be targets of harassment and violence. Far too many people still have their access to abortion delayed or denied due to their income or insurance status.
Today provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the implications of Roe and the strides we have made together as a movement. It is also a time to recognize that this constitutionally protected healthcare service remains out of reach for many people because of political and economic barriers—barriers that disproportionately impact people with lower incomes and people of color.
We encourage you to take action by committing to fight for reproductive justice today and every day. You can sign up to be a DCAF volunteer, make a monthly or one-time gift, or help us raise funds and combat abortion stigma by joining our Game-a-Thon peer-to-peer fundraiser this spring (details coming shortly).
P.S. Throughout the day, we’ll be tweeting on the hashtag #RiseUpForRoe. Join us!