Roe v. Wade Turns 40

Filed in National by on January 22, 2013

40 years ago today, the Supreme Court voted, with a 7 to 2 majority, in favor of Roe.  Most people still agree with that decision.

More than 50 percent of Americans believe abortion should legal in all or most cases while 70 percent want the landmark Supreme Court ruling of Roe v. Wade to be upheld, according to an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll released Monday night.

Over the years a complacency blanketed the public over this settled law.  It was taken for granted.  I would personally like to thank the Republican party, with assists from Rick Santorum, Todd Akin, etc., for waking everyone up.  Yet another issue where the GOP finds itself out of the mainstream.


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  1. cassandra m says:

    This morning, NPR did a very interesting story on how the “debate” over abortion started here.

    One important thing most people don’t realize, says Greenhouse, is that the move to relax state abortion laws came not from women’s rights groups but from the medical profession and a prominent apolitical group of judges and lawyers called the American Law Institute.

    “These were heavily, heavily male-dominated professional organizations that looked at the regime of criminal abortion laws that were driving women to back alleys and were putting doctors in legal jeopardy if they acted in what they considered to be the best interests of their patients,” Greenhouse says. “And that’s where the impetus really began.”

    Worth every minute to listen to this.

  2. cassandra m says:

    More great reading — TIME magazine had a cover story called Why Abortion Rights Activists Have Been Losing since Roe. It is a sober assessment and should stand as a lesson to progressives everywhere — because the people who want to dismantle Roe don’t seem to mind working for more than 40 years and in an incremental fashion to get where they want to go. Even if it isn’t especially popular.