January 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.
Roe Day 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.
Join DCAF for two events this month:
Robin Marty presents Handbook for a Post-Roe America
We’ll be attending an event at Upshur Street Books with author and reporter Robin Marty. This event is free and open to the public, but you can pre-purchase a copy to reserve your seat!
Friday, January 18, 2019 at 7 PM – 8 PM
Upshur Street Books, 827 Upshur St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20011
Roe Revisited? The Future of Reproductive Justice
Join the Washington, DC Lawyer Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the Constitutional Accountability Center, and the DC Abortion Fund for a discussion of the legal threats to reproductive justice and the future of Roe v. Wade under the new U.S. Supreme Court.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET