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Monday, January 23, 2012

A Very Unmerry Birthday to You, Roe v. Wade!

Posted by Sarah Mirk on Mon, Jan 23, 2012 at 1:46 PM

Sorry your 39th birthday has kinda sucked, Roe v. Wade. The landmark abortion rights decision nears middle age this week, but has suddenly faced more challenges than ever before. Oregon is one of a minority of states that didn't enact any restrictions on abortion laws last year. This chart from the Guttmacher Institute via the Washington Post tells the story:

On the other hand, President Obama did give Roe v. Wade a pretty sweet quote as a birthday present: Yesterday, the president released a statement noting that the ruling's anniversary is a chance "continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams" and "affirm a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters.”

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