10 photos to remind you of why we celebrate Roe v. Wade decision, must keep fighting for women’s reproductive rights

On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of “Jane Roe” in a landmark decision that made abortion legal, as a constitutionally guaranteed right of women, in all 50 states. Here are some photos to remind you just how powerful a time that was in the movement to respect and uphold women’s rights.

This is the embodiment of success and #LadyPower

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Plaintiff Norma McCorvey and attorney Gloria Allred standing on the steps of the courthouse after their case had been decided – they WON.


Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington (AKA the dynamic legal duo, Goddesses of Women, etc.)

35de8af0-8231-0132-1d96-0a2c89e5f2f5These ladies took Norma McCorvey’s (AKA “Jane Roe”) case all the way to the Supreme Court.


These dudes: The Supreme Court Justices who decided the case

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When attorneys Linda Coffee and Sarah Weddington took McCorvey’s case to the Supreme Court, this is what they were up against: nine white male justices. At the start of proceedings, one of the three male attorneys for the opposition joked, “Mr. Chief Justice and may it please the Court. It’s an old joke, but when a man argues against two beautiful ladies like this, they are going to have the last word.” No one laughed.


The Women’s National Abortion Action Coalition

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WONAAC was a Boston-based group that organized community forums and educational meetings around this issue. They also marched in the streets for women’s reproductive rights. Perhaps believing, as many did, that the battle had been won, the organization disbanded in 1980.


These women, and thousands more like them

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This snapshot of a few represents the thousands of courageous women who marched in the streets for women’s civil liberties and the constitutional understanding that equality means the right to choose your own reproductive path. We simply could not have won reproductive justice without the activism of black women.

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These. Women. Are. Amazing. Take to the streets!

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Some thought that a SCOTUS decision would end the debate over abortion once and for all. Even 43 years later, the abortion discussion still occupies the minds of voters in every election. In some Statehouses, like Ohio’s, the fight to roll back women’s reproductive choice and access to care options is still occupying the minds and times of state legislators, as well.

 


 Don’t forget the pro-lifers who were fighting against choice for women

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Roe v. Wade essentially jump-started what we now know as the pro-life-of-the-fetus-only (or anti-choice) movement.


43 years later… In the House galleries of the Ohio Statehouse

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This photo (as you can see) is not historical. This was taken on November 18, 2015, when the state legislature of Ohio debated (and passed) a bill to defund Planned Parenthood, despite popular opposition.


It’s been 43 years since Roe v. Wade made abortion legal in all 50 states. In the past five years, however, state legislatures have turned back the clock on abortion rights, making reproductive healthcare more and more difficult for women to access. State legislatures have considered over 235 new regulations intended to block access to abortion. These attacks on affordable, accessible care and safe reproductive options widely and disproportionately affect communities of low-income and minority women. We need to raise our voice and better elect representatives who will serve our interests and protect our rights.

To join the conversation on Roe v. Wade and reproductive rights, use #Roe43, #ReclaimRoe, or #7in10forRoe on Twitter and Facebook.