And It Begins…Inauguration 2009, Anti-Choice Protestors and Roe v. Wade

Two days after the inauguration of President Elect Obama, we’ll be commemorating the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Roe v. Wade is the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal – and safe – for women in the United States. RH Reality Check will recognize the landmark decision and the opening of a door into a new era by hosting our second live-blog chat on the future of messaging for the reproductive rights movement with Gloria Feldt and Sarah Stoesz (president of PP of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota and a leader in the successful fight against the abortion ban in South Dakota). Join us with your questions and comments on Thursday, January 22nd from 3-4pm eastern time right here on RH Reality Check. 

Another way folks are marking the occasion? Anti-choice protestors will gather on Thursday for their annual March for Life, a protest that brings over one hundred thousand anti-choice voices to DC every year. 

Some of the protestors may also be attending the "Personhood Conference" this week organized by the American Life League or ALL (remember their anti-contraception campaign, ‘The Pill Kills’?). Kristi Burton, the young and committed advocate responsible for the failed Colorado ballot initiative that would have conferred legal rights onto fertilized eggs will be speaking. 

Despite President Elect Obama’s historic campaign rooted in unity and his success at creating a common ground movement for reproductive and sexual health and rights that includes traditionally pro-life scholars and activists, extremist organizations like ALL are staying the course. From a press release about the conference and the march:

Days after the inauguration of the most pro-abortion president in the nation’s history, hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers from across the country descend on Washington, D.C. to respond with a message of personhood.

At ALL’s Personhood Conference, the pro-life movement’s most influential leaders explain the cultural and legislative necessity of recognition of all human beings as persons from the moment of creation until natural death.

Good things come to those who wait and we’ve waited a long time to see a true advocate for reproductive health and rights in the White House. Despite ALL’s insistence on pushing an agenda with which most Americans disagree, it looks likely that President Elect Obama will support a progressive, allied vision for reproductive health and rights. 

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  • invalid-0

    Shouldn’t the title be Inauguration 2009? ;-)

  • alexm

    Now I hope we can add a triumphant footnote to the history books after the disgrace that was W’s 2001 inauguration:  two days later Bush instituted abstinence-only education and the global gag rule.

  • alexm

    It’ll be so fun watching them foam at the mouth while Obama pointedly ignores them to focus on actual important stuff, like ending the war in Iraq and reinstituting proper comprehensive sexual health education.

  • steveinnyc

    Here’s an instant classic from ALL: protesting abortion donuts. I expect the crazy to only increase once Obama is actually in office.

  • invalid-0

    Yes, it should be 2009 because it’s 2009 not 2008. Thanks for being the only one to catch that :).


    Amie Newman

    Managing Editor, RH Reality Check

  • invalid-0

    I hope President Obama ignores these nuts the way that Bush ignored us, as we are, as we were then, the majority!!