The Pro-Choice Crowd Celebrates a Birthday

This video was created by the Center for Reproductive Rights to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. It’s quite possibly the most bizzarre thing that I’ve seen in so far in 2013. (I know, it’s only been three weeks.)

As I watched it the first time I thought that this must be some sort of spoof. It must be some subtle, yet tasteless, Pro-Life satire. I was wrong. It’s for real. Continue reading

Roe v. Wade at 40

Justice Harry Blackmun

Justice Harry Blackmun.

Today, January 22, 2013, is winding down as I type. It is the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade (1973), the Supreme Court’s 7-2 decision that declared abortion a constitutional right.

The decision once seemed, for all its outrages, at least young, fresh and daring. Now it feels middle-aged beyond its years. It has greyed, put on pounds, and become familiar–so as to breed contempt. It walks the halls of American minds like some long-time executive–always hanging around, present at nearly every meeting, making stale points backed by weak reasoning, yet invariably carrying the day. Linked to a vast network of powerful people, it knows how to throw its weight around. Continue reading