Thirty-five years ago today, the Supreme Court proclaimed that women have a fundamental right to control their bodies. Yet the struggle to keep abortion safe, accessible and legal has continued and never has that right been in more jeopardy.
With the confirmation of Justices Roberts and Alito, abortion rights hang by a thread. One more conservative Supreme Court confirmation will tip the scales. It is clear that the 2008 elections will decide whether the reproductive freedom of women in this country will be preserved and protected or denied.
It is notable that every Republican presidential contender would appoint Supreme Court justices opposed to Roe and dedicated to its overthrow. And every Democratic presidential candidate has strongly affirmed the right of women to make this most personal of decisions. All Republican presidential contenders would limit access to abortion services for poor women, and all Democratic contenders have committed to equal access to reproductive health services for all women. And despite the Republican
candidates attempting to outdo each other in their proposals to limit the role of government, they all make one exception, and hypocritically demand that the government insert itself into the private medical decisions of American women.
There are stark differences between presidential candidates of the Republican Party and those of the Democratic Party. On this somber anniversary let us remember those tens of thousands of women who have died in illegal abortions, and those tens of thousands of women today who have had access to those services challenged and cut through the actions of this callous Republican administration which has no respect for women's fundamental rights. We must remember what is at stake in November, and vote accordingly.