State legislatures across the country are devising laws meant to strip away women’s reproductive rights in the largest debate on the issue since Roe v. Wade and its’ companion case, Doe v. Bolton, in 1973. Texas, Virginia, Iowa and other States are debating laws where women who receive Medicaid must undergo transvaginal ultrasounds before having an abortion. Now, Colorado wants to confer personhood to fetuses, and declare that those who perform or undergo abortions will be charged with murder, under a bill which is scheduled, at present, to be on the November ballot.
Donna provided me with this link, and I think it’s worth reading.
To better understand how and why this is important, not only for women, it should be noted that the real issue started in 1965 with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Griswold v. Connecticut, a case dealing with contraception. From this case, the Court fashioned what they called the “penumbra of privacy”, extracted from the rights granted to all of us within the 1st, 4th, 5th and 9th Amendments of the Constitution. It isn’t only about reproductive rights, but rather about the privacy we have enjoyed for nearly fifty years.