Sunday marks the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the momentous Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal in the United Sates.
After nearly four decades, the abortion debate still rages on with the country essentially split on whether women should have the right to terminate their own pregnancies. A Gallup Poll conducted in May 2011 found that, “… Americans are closely divided between those calling themselves ‘pro-choice’ and those who are ‘pro-life,’ now 49% and 45%.”
Organizations around the country, including those that both support and oppose the abortion law, will be holding events and marches to speak out on one of the nation’s most controversial issues. Among those events, the Los Angeles Times reports that, “… NARAL Pro-Choice America, formerly known as the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, is sponsoring the seventh annual Blog for Choice Day.” The National Right to Life Committee will also be holding numerous events, including its annual, “… March for Life, which will take place Monday morning in Washington and culminate in a rally at the National Mall.”
Some straight statistics on abortion in the United States, from the Guttmacher Institute:
- Nearly half of pregnancies among American women are unintended, and about four in 10 of these are terminated by abortion. Twenty-two percent of all pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion.
- Non-Hispanic white women account for 36% of abortions, non-Hispanic black women for 30%, Hispanic women for 25% and women of other races for 9%.
- Fifty-four percent of women who have abortions had used a contraceptive method (usually the condom or the pill) during the month they became pregnant.
- The number of U.S. abortion providers remained stable between 2005 (1,787) and 2008 (1,793). Eighty-seven percent of all U.S. counties lacked an abortion provider in 2008; 35% of women live in those counties.
We recognize we have readers on both sides of this argument, so let us know: Where do you fall in the debate? If you plan to participate in an event tomorrow to mark the 39th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, what will it be? Note: Please remain respectful with each other in the comments.
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