On January 22, the Women’s Law Project joined pro-choice advocates around the country in celebrating the 36th anniversary of the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision, which legalized abortion nationwide.
Coming on the heels of President Barack Obama’s inauguration, the anniversary sparked high expectations that reproductive freedoms and access will be restored under a pro-choice president.
Planned Parenthood posted part of the now-President’s speech to its supporters in 2007, in which he eloquently presented his position on choice. Meanwhile, in her anniversary web post, National Organization for Women (NOW) president Kim Gandy warned of a possible backlash and renewed attacks on women’s reproductive freedoms as result of the new administration.
That backlash may have already begun with the annual anti-choice March for Life, which this year reportedly drew tens of thousands of people to the National Mall in Washington, DC. The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote about pressure already being applied to the president by anti-choice advocates.