Tuesday, January 22, 2013

40 Years of Struggling to Stand Still

UntitledI'm told that today is the 40th anniversary of the "winning" of Roe v. Wade, the landmark pro-choice supreme court decision. In the intervening years many other decisions have eroded that ruling and we now live in a country where trying to parse the needlessly complicated question of choice is a fight we have every single day. So of course that's what my 10 things are about on this Tuesday.

1. First I'm going to send you to this old post of mine. Years ago the foundation of my pro-choice stance shifted and got firmer and I want that to happen to you as well. These are still the best words I've ever written on the subject.

2. Lizz Winstead is honoring people who speak out in defense of choice all day on her twitter feed. If you're looking for new people to follow (nudge nudge, Chili) this is a good place to start.

3. If you prefer Winstead in more than 140 character spurts then I highly recommend her book, Lizz Free or Die. There is one chapter in particular that speaks to the question of choice and it's exquisite.

4. Here's a poll saying that the majority of Americans want abortion to remain legal. I believe it.

5. Shakesville shared a number of infographics about the people who feel the impact of restricted choice most deeply. (Hint: It's not rich people.)

6. Some Alabama anti-choicers we exactly as kind and compassionate as we've come to expect when a woman came to a clinic for a medical procedure.

7. Here's a report about how these fucked up "personhood" bills are criminalizing pregnancy. I want to refer you again to #1 on this list for calculating the magnitude of wrong this trend is.

8. I love shoes, I love women, I love choice. Why haven't I contributed to the Not In Her Shoes project yet?

9. Related news that I totally think belongs in this list is a thoughtful post about being pregnant and uninsured in the US.

10. Frustratingly I can't find the last thing I want to link to. Planned Parenthood sent something out about changing the language they use around abortion services. It was about some people not liking the term "choice" and so they were using some form of "voice" I think. I would be grateful if someone could send me that link so I could add it here later.

I'm already at 10 but here's a bonus: The best of Twitter on Roe v. Wade...so far. Great article tweeted by @IrinCarmon about 5 things you may not know about Roe v. Wade.  Lizz Winstead on the fact that abortion is a medical procedure.

OK, now I've got you started, let's start advocating for choice.


  1. kabbage1:32 PM

    This was the main interview on Fresh Air yesterday: http://www.npr.org/2013/01/22/169059701/we-have-no-choice-a-story-of-the-texas-sonogram-law
    Terry Gross interviewed Carolyn Jones who wrote a series of articles for the Texas Observer after her experience with the TX sonogram law.

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