Thursday, January 22, 2009

36th Anniversary of Roe V. Wade

Today is the 36th Anniversary of Roe V. Wade and I felt it was fitting to post some of the news that I've heard regarding this event, as well as discuss a book that encompasses it all: Abortion Under Attack: Women on the Challenges Facing Choice, edited by Krista Jacob.

"Our Bodies, Ourselves" has a really nice round up of all the political news surrounding this anniversary and I urge you to take a look. There is a lot going on, including the possibility of President Obama reversing many of the anti-abortion policies that were enacted by George W. Bush, the annual March for Life on the National Mall, and a Weeklong Blog-a-Thon. "Bloggers at Amplify, a youth-led online community are commemorating Roe’s anniversary by posting stories about what the right to a legal and safe abortion means to them and to women around the world and by sharing ideas for how we can preserve our right to choose. The blog-a-thon continues through Jan. 27." Go to Our Bodies, Ourselves for all the links.

Today is great day to talk about a book that Seal Press published in 2006. Abortion Under Attack addresses a spectrum of personal and social influences, ranging from dealing with remorse to the impact that economics, race, and culture have on a woman's choice to have an abortion. Krista Jacob, a longtime advocate for reproductive rights and former abortion counselor, compiled an impressive collection of writings by a diverse group of pro-choice activists who go beyond the same old analysis of reproductive rights to document and deconstruct the issues currently facing the pro-choice movement. This book is perfect to read at a time like this.

Today is a day to educate ourselves and each other. It's a day to remember what this anniversary means.

Happy Anniversary Roe V Wade,


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