Today marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
38 years of choice, 38 years of abortion as a constitutionally protected right.
One in three women will have an abortion by the age of 45.
Abortion is one of the most common medical procedures for women in childbearing years. One half of pregnancies in the U.S. are unintended and 4 in 10 of those pregnancies are terminated, thus 22% of all pregnancies, excluding miscarriages, end in abortion.
Abortion is one of the safest medical procedures with less than 0.3% having complications requiring hospitalization.
Women from every socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, religious and age-group obtain abortions each year as part of their reproductive health needs.
Despite being legal, current laws in many states mean women still have to cross state lines or face numerous restrictions to secure abortions. We must continue to fight in 2011 to keep abortion safe, legal, affordable, and accessible.
I am a passionate pro-choice woman and am dedicated to the fight for comprehensive reproductive healthcare for all women.