It never ceases to baffle me that almost forty years after Roe v. Wade a woman’s right to choose is still up for debate. To the pro-choice community, this is an essential and undeniable right yet everyday you can read a new story about healthcare providers refusing to provide necessary medical services to women. Everyday, lawmakers attempt to limit access to abortions and demand control over women’s bodies. Our House of Representatives is led by a man who hopes to be “the most pro-life Speaker” in history. The political climate across the nation is as anti-choice as ever. Am I concerned for choice in 2011? Absolutely.
Even here in Maryland, a place considered to be a pro-choice haven, a woman’s right to choose is under attack. The state lawmakers have introduced many new pieces of anti-choice legislation this session. These bills, which anti-choice legislators insultingly claim “protect women’s health”, truly aim to close the doors of most of Maryland’s few abortion providers. In addition to this, if the Holy Cross Hospital decision has shown us anything, it’s that women's reproductive health is clearly not a priority to our politicians. This is unsettling and unacceptable.
On this 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, I commit to holding our politicians accountable for anti-choice decisions and hope that 2011 is the year for choice.
NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland Intern