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Posted by on Jan 22, 2009 in Health, Politics, Society | 22 comments

Today is 36th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade: What are you doing about it?

And I mean that in terms of whether you support or oppose the results of Roe.

You can read the decision itself here or read a nice breakdown at

For the record, I support the constitutional rights recognized in the U.S. Supreme Court decision which made a woman’s medical decision regarding her reproductive rights legal and I am against the erosion of those rights.

I do, however, support efforts to curtail unwanted pregnancy through means that do not impinge on a girl or woman’s reproductive rights. I absolutely support laws such as this one, just passed in Ohio, that provide assistance to girls and women who carry children to term but choose to give up permanent custody through adoption:

Now comes word that Guv Ted has signed Sub. HB 7, the Adoption Reform Act. The new law allows birth mothers to receive up to $3,000 from adoptive parents for living expenses incurred during the pregnancy and 60 days post-birth.

Great idea and it costs taxpayers nothing. Providing practical incentives for young women to continue their pregnancies is the way to go.

Sponsor of this bill, outgoing state Rep. Tom Brinkman of the 34th district, is one of those aforementioned pro-life legislators. In 2005, he proposed banning nearly all abortions in Ohio and was met with a snearing, hissing overflow crowd in the Statehouse Atrium.

Other good readings on what’s happening around the country today related to this anniversary:

Blog for Choice Day 2009

Planned Parenthood’s Commemorating 36 Years of Roe v. Wade

On Roe v. Wade’s Anniversary, Obama to Begin Mopping Up Bush’s Misogynistic Mess

Join a live-blog from 3-4pm today about Roe that will be hosted by former President of the national Planned Parenthood organization, Gloria Feldt, and current President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Sarah Stoesz.

You can read two recent posts by Feldt about the importance and impact of reproductive rights here:

Beyond Roe: Toward Human Rights for Women

Trading in Barefoor and Pregnant for Economic and Reproductive Justice

I don’t monitor anti-choice efforts, but here is the National Right to Life website and here is a link to information for today’s March for Life.