Roe No More?

Norma McCorvey was arrested when she and a small group of anti-abortion protestors stood up and started yelling during the hearings for Sonia Sotomayor.  To which most people would reply: Who is Norma McCorvey?  Or perhaps, who is Sonia Sotomayor?  But if you are asking that question, then you should use the internet for more than just MySpace.  You might learn something.

But the question of who is Norma McCorvey is perfectly understandable.  Hers is not a household name.  And her pseudonym is only slightly better known.  Norma McCorvey is Jane Roe.  And Jane Roe is the name that she used when she was involved in a lawsuit in Texas (in 1970) that became the famous Supreme Court decision known as Roe v. Wade.

Of course today, McCorvey is not a defender of choice, she is an anti-abortion zealot who worked with Operation Rescue for some time.  She now has her own group called Roe No More Ministry.

If the namesake of the Supreme Court case that allowed abortion to be legal in all 50 states crusading as an anti-abortion zealot isn’t ironic enough, then how about the fact that she never had an abortion in the first place.  She court case began in 1970.  And the Supreme Court ruled on it in 1973.  She had the baby long before the Court ruled that she could have had an abortion.  Go figure…

Another thing that really gets to me when I think about this situation is that even though abortion is technically legal in all 50 states, there are so many barriers to getting one.  According to NARAL Pro-Choice America, 87 percent of US counties don’t have any abortion providers.  And some states are doing all they can to make it more difficult with waiting periods and sonogram requirements, whereby doctors are required to show pregnant women pictures of their fetuses to “help” them understand the decision they’re making.

Unfortunately, this all seems too late.  We should be trying to prevent pregnancies in the first place, not waiting for women and girls to get pregnant and then telling them that they have to have the baby.  If we had comprehensive sex education in every single school across the country, we wouldn’t need to make abortion illegal.  And the rates of STDs would inevitably go down as well.  When we ignore the problem, it doesn’t go away, it just becomes worse.  And programs like abstinence-only education clearly do not work.

Just ask Bristol Palin.


3 Responses to “Roe No More?”

  1. Though your tone in the first paragraph is a bit patronizing, I agree with your overall argument. We should have better sex education. Abortions shouldn’t be difficult to get, especially with the population problem. By all accounts, we’ll have about 9 billion people by 2050. That’s another 3 billion people added to the planet in less than 50 years. This will have a dramatic effect on the planet. Which goes back to a comment you made earlier about your concerns regarding GCC. Sex education, birth control and, yes, abortion need to be options for women on a planet that may soon reach its carrying capacity.

  2. Oh yeah, props for coming up with a genius title for this post. It reads like a Harper’s title: it’s engaging and had me thinking you were going to talk about how Roe v. Wade is on its way out.

  3. Agreed. I was a little too patronizing. I didn’t mean to be, but it just kinda happened.

    Thanks for the compliments on the title. It was actually my second choice. I often think of one title and then when I done with my post I have covered a lot more ground than I thought I would and need to go back and change it. That is what happened here. But thanks again.

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