by Nancy Northup, Center for Reproductive Rights
October 9, 2012
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As we approach the 40th anniversary of the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, it has never been clearer what is at stake for women’s constitutional reproductive rights if the onslaught of anti-choice measures is allowed to continue.
These laws—including forced ultrasound laws, restrictions on which health-care services are covered by insurance plans, and zealous efforts to drive women’s doctors out of practice—place women at risk of grave harm. These laws demean and humiliate women and threaten their autonomy and ability to make their own decisions. They build significant barriers between women and safe reproductive-health-care services, including contraception, pregnancy care, abortion care, and fertility treatments.
For the last 20 years, the Center for Reproductive Rights has been dedicated exclusively to advancing reproductive rights and defending them against these attacks.
Across the United States, the Center has brought the full power of the U.S. Constitution and courts to bear in ensuring that anti-choice politicians do not turn back the clock on reproductive rights. Just this past year, the Center’s has blocked extreme attacks on women’s rights and health care in Arizona, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, and Oklahoma.
But this battle cannot be waged only in the courts.