Roe V. Wade, the landmark decision that gave women the right to control our reproductive system, use contraception, and control our privacy, our dignity and our health…is 40 years old. Roe V. Wade promised that we would be able to make our own decisions about our bodies without any interference. But, 2011 and 2012 have brought an onslaught of political groups that have tried to chip away at the accomplishments that Roe made.
There is plenty of work to do. Our health, financial security, and personal safety are constantly challenged, compromised, and limited. So while we reflect on these past 40 years, we should also celebrate the incredible steps we have taken to move forward.
But, hard work is needed now, more than ever, in the fight for women’s equality and justice. The goal of Roe V. Wade has not been realized for everyone, and on this anniversary it is essential that the dream of the fight not be forgotten. It’s about freedom, and the spiritual strength that is needed in our quest for freedom of choice. We must continue the fight.