Women marched in cities across the country to the rallying cry: ‘It’s our body! It’s our choice!’ Yeah, it became our problem. Since the U.S. Supreme Court decided in favor of abortion in the twin cases Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, millions of women have laid their bodies down or swallowed a bitter pill. This forty-year experiment on women and children has been an enormous failure.
Moving forward, we need to recognize who is having abortions, and to listen to women who mourn, struggling parents, and birth mothers. There is a caricature of the single woman who’s young and facing her first pregnancy, but according to the Guttmacher Institute (formerly Planned Parenthood’s research arm), these are mothers who know it’s a baby but still seek abortions. Why? For the same reasons Weddington argued for abortion in the first place: poverty, interpersonal issues, and lack of support from family, friends, the father of the child, schools, and employers. But instead of saying we deserve better, abortion advocates and many leaders in the women’s movement have settled for less.
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