January 22: celebrating Roe v Wade,
the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in the USA

Legalization of abortion has dramatically improved women's health. Abortion moved from the back alleys to safe professional clinics. As more doctors began to openly provide it, share their expertise, and work to develop better procedures, abortion became even safer.

In the early 1900's, an estimated 800,000 illegal abortions occurred annually, resulting in 8,000-17,000 women's deaths each year. Today, abortion is the most commonly requested outpatient surgical procedure and it is 8 to 10 times safer than giving birth... 43% of American will have at least one abortion by age 45.

On the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, it is imperative that pro-choice Americans send the message to Congress and the White House that we will not go back to the days of illegal abortion. We will never again allow women's lives to be sacrificed in the name of politics. We strive to ensure that all women are granted equal access to safe abortion care, regardless of their socioeconomic, cultural or religious backgrounds.

The following websites have detailed information about the U.S. Supreme Court and efforts to preserve Roe v Wade.

www.million4roe.org www.fight4choice.com
prochoice.org/roe_v_wade/.html onemillionvoices.com

Roe v Wade - the complete text of the Supreme Court's decision.  Understanding Roe and your right to privacy from the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy.

Roe v Wade - Then and Now - New article in January 2003 from the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy.

Governor Gary Locke's remarks on the 30th Anniversary of Roe v Wade in 2003.

The Supreme Court and Women's Rights: Fundamental Protections Hanging in the Balance. Published in Sept 2000 by the National Women's Law Center. It explores the numerous Supreme Court decisions affecting women's rights.

Seattle City Council Proclamation on the 28th Anniversary of Roe... "Roe v. Wade is a pillar of social justice and gender equity."

Concentric Media's documentary trilogy by Dorothy Fadiman tells the whole story "from the back alleys to the Supreme Court and beyond." Dramatic stories about the fight to make abortion legal and what happened afterward.

Jane is a documentary film that tells the story of an underground safe abortion network operating in Chicago in the years before Roe v Wade.

"We're talking about freedom, and you can't take a picture of freedom."

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