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On Her Fortieth Birthday, What Does Roe Mean for Me and Mine?

(original photo via Orlando Rob/flickr)

As a woman with privilege who has depended on the law, I am grateful for Roe. As a queer, Indo-Caribbean from an immigrant family in the Bronx, I remember that laws often require less than justice does. 

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Are We Our Choices?

(Amnesty USA)

Abortion or no abortion is a choice, but that is not the choice of the United States government, that is not the choice of men. It is the choice of that soul housed in that vessel that is the body. 

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Five Things I Learned About Abortion by Checking My Assumptions at the Door

(Alex Wong/Getty Images via Colorlines)

I grew up in a conservative area and had internalized some challenging attitudes about abortion, poverty, and the death penalty—attitudes aligned with policy that worked against my (and my family’s) interests. Still, I discovered that I was ready to drop everything for a friend who needed my help. Eventually, I learned to hold this level of compassion for complete strangers, too.

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The Road to Roe: Paved with Bodies of Women of Color and the Legal Activism of African Americans

(Favianna Rodriguez, www.favianna.com)

Every year when the anniversary of Roe v. Wade rolls around, I am troubled by the loud silences in our triumphant tales of struggle. As a history doctoral student who researches African Americans and abortion, the story I tell is quite different.

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Choosing Jonah: A Family History of Abortion, Choice, and Love

Kristen (middle) with her son, Jonah and wife, Adrienne.

The words “pro life” have been pitted against “pro choice,” as if they are opposites. In my experience it’s a false dichotomy, and while politically difficult and messy, our truths are much more complicated.

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Forty Years In and Women of Color Still Lack Access to Reproductive Health Care

40. Significant also for the landmark Roe v. Wade decision 40 years ago that made it legal for women to obtain an abortion. I wonder, what is next for Roe v. Wade?

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With Helms and Hyde, No Roe Anniversary for Low-Income Women

After 40 years, isn’t it time that our policies reflect real women and real families?

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Roe v. Wade and Recovering from Shame

(Favianna Rodriguez, www.favianna.com)

After making it past numerous financial and legal roadblocks, choosing an abortion is still not an easy thing to go through.

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Policing African-American Motherhood From Every Angle

(zadishefreeman.com)

I often hear the question from African-American women, “What do they [the right] want? We either have too many kids or too many abortions. Which is it?” The truth is, to them, it’s both.

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Politicians Didn’t Walk With Me Through My Life. They Don’t Belong In My Bedroom

(original photo via Pottery Barn)

However a person feels about abortion, it’s not their place to make that personal decision for someone else. And it’s certainly not the place of our elected officials.

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