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.
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.
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.
Over the past few years, more and more Americans have felt less comfortable having their personal beliefs about abortion be put into a box. What does "pro-choice" or "pro-life" even mean? And why can't I be both?
Roe v. Wade has had a huge impact on the health and safety of women. In 1965, illegal abortions contributed to nearly one-fifth of all pregnancy- and childbirth-related deaths. Today, less than 0.3 percent of women who end a pregnancy sustain a serious complication.
This year, when the president submits his budget proposal to Congress, he can omit the restrictions on coverage of abortion. This small but bold act would send a strong signal to Congress and to women and families around the country.