It's the 35th anniversary of Roe v. Wade today, and it's also Blog for Choice day. With an election coming up, the theme is why it's important to vote pro-choice. I have a million personal reasons why I think abortion needs to be safe and legal and readily available, but in an age in which we've seen our civil liberties being eroded, maybe the only important one is this:
A government that has the power to compel a woman to continue an unwanted pregnancy is a government that has the power to compel a woman to terminate a pregnancy.
Got that? Once the state takes personal sovereignty and bodily autonomy out of the picture, anything goes, whether you are pro-choice or anti-choice.
For a great post on 10 Reasons to Support Reproductive Justice, cruise on over to Feministe.