To the Editor:
Thirty-nine years ago the highest court in the land recognized that women and families, not politicians, should have the right to make their own medical decisions without government interference. In the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruled that the right to privacy in the U.S. Constitution protects the right of a woman to choose whether to continue a pregnancy to term or to have a safe and legal abortion.
The reality is that Roe is constantly being threatened, but despite the unprecedented attacks on women’s health care in 2011, a majority of Americans support and respect the decision each woman must make about her own pregnancy, and oppose efforts to overturn a woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion.
This is why as a woman born before Roe was decided, I am committed to working to ensure this important decision is upheld for future generations.
January 22, 2012