The case was argued by a 27-year-old female lawyer from Texas -- Sarah Weddington. Female lawyers were so rare in those days that the Supreme Court lawyers' lounge didn't even have a ladies room. There were no female judges. Weddington faced a wall of older men.
If the next president is a Republican who gets to replace the ailing Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a judicial conservative, the right to privacy could be a thing of the past and states could enact laws which would pass Constitutional muster restricting access to birth control.
The national conversation surrounding reproductive rights ebbs and flows. Through it all, one very important person never quite seems to make the first string of the "Decision Making Team": The father.
It's a fine line between politics as fun, and politics as farce. Sarah Palin crossed it the first time she spoke, but at least if you're laughing, or scowling, or even if you're wincing, you're probably still awake.
The way abortion was legalized in America in Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton left us with a culture war that won't quit and turned the Republican Party into a far right fringe element dominated by religious extremists.
While the number of anti-choice bills we are tracking this year is similar in number to past years, they are some of the most extreme that we've seen in decades and are passing at a faster rate than in the past.
I think we can agree in our muddled political environment of 2011 that any candidate who could answer "yes" to all 10 of the following questions would make America a much better place than it's become in recent years.