Roe v. Wade: The Fortieth Anniversary

WLP Staff Request:

Next week, we will recognize the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the monumental decision in which the United States Supreme Court held that the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy. Over these last four decades, the courts and our legislatures have chipped away at Roe, and campaigns of violence and harassment have targeted providers of abortion services.

We must do more to protect Roe and the people whose commitment to providing reproductive health care services allows women to exercise their rights under the U.S. Constitution. To bring attention to the importance of Roe v. Wade, the Women’s Law Project will engage in several activities and events next week, including:

(1) Twitter Initiative: #protectRoe4me – Using the hashtag #protectRoe4me, learn more about Roe’s significance from WLP staff and friends on Twitter and join in the discussion with your own reasons why we must protect this important right. Stay tuned for tweets on January 22, 2013, forty years to the day the Supreme Court decided Roe.

(2) Event: “Roe at 40—Providers Under Attack” – WLP is co-hosting an event with the Women’s Medical Fund on January 24th from 5:30 to 7:00 PM, when David S. Cohen, former WLP staff attorney and currently Associate Professor of Law at Drexel University’s Earle Mack School of Law and Krysten Connon (Drexel School of Law, Class of 2012) will present their research on the targeted harassment of abortion providers. Click here to register. Proceeds will support the Women’s Medical Fund, which provides financial assistance to low income women in need of abortion services.

Join in these opportunities to learn and discuss why Roe v. Wade is vital to the health and well-being of women and families across the United States and how you can help stop the pernicious attacks on women’s rights to medical treatment.

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