The Passionate Educator

As a sexuality educator, I am passionate about reproductive rights because I have had women tell me personal stories about the days before Roe v. Wade became the law of the land. Many of them knew someone who died or experienced serious complications from a back-alley abortion. Roe v Wade puts the decision to terminate a pregnancy in the hands of the woman where it belongs. Neither those women, nor I, want to go backwards.

Tuesday, January 22, marked the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision. The second week in March marks the Abortion Provider Appreciation week. The landmark Roe v. Wade ruling guaranteed that the right to privacy in the U.S. Constitution protects the right of a woman to choose whether to continue a pregnancy to term or have a safe and legal abortion.

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Over the last few years, we’ve seen certain politicians alienate women across the country and attempt to undermine Roe. This is frustrating because many of these politicians also oppose birth control services and sexuality education for young people, which can reduce the need for abortion. The simple fact is that a majority of Americans respect the decision each woman must make about her own pregnancy. {http://dailycaller.com/2013/01/22/poll-majority-of-americans-now-support-legal-abortion-in-all-or-most-cases/}

It’s important to continue educating folks about sexuality topics, so that there is greater comfort in discussing sexuality and an individual’s ability to become more informed about healthy, safer ways to reduce risk for unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Parents, schools and faith-based organizations also assume key roles in providing young people with healthy age-appropriate, comprehensive sexuality information which can empower young people to make healthy, informed choices.

The March 10 National Day of Appreciation for Abortion Providers recognizes the amazing abortion health care providers around the country, along with the clinic directors, nurses, medical students, clinic escorts, and volunteers who dedicate their lives to ensuring women have access to safe abortion care; this is important because all too often these jobs come with very high risk. Abortion providers are often faced with TRAP laws, threats and are even killed. It’s important that we recognize their wonderful dedication on March 10 and throughout the year.

By educating and empowering one another to become more informed about reproductive rights issues and why they are important to preserve (again, we don’t want to go backward), we can work together to ensure that women’s health is protected and supported and that Roe vs. Wade remains the law of the land.

Betty Memmer
Regional Education and Outreach Manager

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