While Roe v. Wade guaranteed that abortion was legal in America, the last four decades have been a struggle to ensure access to that right. As clergy, I see this problem with a pastoral eye. How is it just to deny a woman access to a constitutionally-protected right simply because she is poor?
This week I spoke to Sasha Ahuja of Planned Parenthood Action NYC on 40 years of Roe v. Wade and women's rights and health today. Then actress Aedin Moloney of Fallen Angel Theatre Company told us about the fantastic play, Airswimming by Charlotte Jones.
As we reflect on a week characterized by a celebration of choice, a dedication to tackling climate disruption, and the attempt of some to "march for life," let us not forget the real marches for life made every day by women across the globe.
To paraphrase actor-activist Alec Baldwin, you know your country is in trouble when people ask, 'Did the rape guy win?' and you have to respond, 'Which one?' The candidates' offensive and absurd comments should not be laughed off as an aberration.
I celebrate Roe v. Wade proudly as a Muslim woman. I deeply hope that more Muslim women and men will do the same with me, refusing to accept blanket, unfounded statements about religious or Islamic opposition to abortion.
Many American Catholics took exception to this decision and have engaged in four decades of political action to reverse this outcome. There might have been a time when this strategy was viable. No longer.
Today's religion reads: A Catholic hospital says that a fetus is not a person, secular groups examine gender divides in their communities, the priest of the "cross lobby" gets his day in in the spotlight, and Pope Benedict XVI tells us that social media is the real thing.
What's the relationship between gun control, religion and views on abortion? A new survey sheds some light, while a Washington, D.C. minister vows to continue his fight against gun violence through forging a "cross lobby" for gun control.
Making this debate about God deflects it from a discussion of some of our most pressing issues. If Republicans are so concerned with the life of unborn children, how is it that they don't care about children already in existence?
Tragically, the lives of the parents are completely ignored by the anti-abortionists. Yet that is the essential issue. In any conflict it's the actual, living persons who count, not the mere potential of the embryo.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade and as a pro-choice president, Obama is likely to mark it with a statement reaffirming a woman's constitutional right to abortion. But on this anniversary maybe it is time to ask him for something more.
Roe v. Wade guaranteed our right to choose. It didn't guarantee that this right could be taken for granted. With the attack on choice showing no signs of abating, I believe it will be enormously important for women in visible positions to fight threats to women's health.
Congress must repeal the Helms Amendment entirely, but in light of current reports of war rape in Syria and gang rape in India, there is an urgent need to comply with current U.S. law and fund abortion in cases of rape, incest and life endangerment.