40 Years After Roe v. Wade, Women Are Still Facing Challenges to Their Reproductive Rights

Over the past two years, a number of states have introduced legislation regarding a woman’s right to choose — from mandating intrusive ultrasounds to requiring parental permission.

Business Week has this handy, interactive (not to mention mesmerizing) infographic that puts it all in perspective:

Tuesday, January 22nd, will mark Roe v. Wade’s 40th year as a piece of legislation, yet here we are decades later still facing roadblocks for women regarding their reproductive choices. 2012 was a banner year for restricting such choices, as 122 new limitations were enacted, the second-highest number in history.

Reproductive rights affect everyone regardless of age or gender. Like so many battles we fight for, the Religious Right is our main obstacle to getting those rights.

We’ll fight another 40 years if we have to, but how depressing that this is still an issue at this point in our history.

About Lauren Lane

Lauren Lane is the co-founder of Skepticon, the Midwest's largest skeptic student-run conference and remains a lead organizer today. She has not one, but TWO fancy art degrees and is not afraid to use them.


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