What You Don’t Know About Abortion

In just a few days, we will mark the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that ruled that our Constitutional right to privacy under the due process clause of the 14th Amendment extends to a woman’s decision to have an abortion.

Whether you agree with the still controversial ruling, or opinion written by the late Justice Harry Blackmun, that right has been chipped away at over four decades. And while many politicians, especially in the just-finished 2012 election tried to use a lot of smoke and mirrors to mislead Americans, and especially American women, about the facts about who gets abortions in the 21st century, the Guttmacher Institute has prepared a variety of info-graphics, as well as this video, to set the records straight:

In an interview a few years before his death, Blackmun said of Roe:

“It’s a step that had to be taken . . . toward the full emancipation of women.”

Four decades later, women are further from that “full emancipation” than they were in 1973. Want to know more about the real state of abortion access in America and how it impacts women’s health? Stay tuned for an exclusive excerpt from the forthcoming book Crow after Roe: How “Separate But Equal” Has Become the New Standard In Women’s Health And How We Can Change That, by The Broad Side contributors Robin Marty and Jessica Pieklo.

Video via the Guttmacher Institute

Image of Contemplation of Justice Statue via iStockphoto/Gary Blakeley

SCANDAL - ABC's "Scandal" stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)
Black Celebrities Are the Flavor of the Season
369.the-eyes-have-it1
The Eyes Have It!
Donald Trump Tourette, Donald Trump insults, Donald Trump for president
Trump “Diagnosed” with Tourette Syndrome?
Ashley Madison, Jared Fogle, sex, rape, sexual affairs
Ashley Madison vs. Jared Fogle: Rape, Sex and Hacking in America
SCANDAL - ABC's "Scandal" stars Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)
Black Celebrities Are the Flavor of the Season
Alison Parker, Adam Ward, Virginia television shooting, gun culture. gun control in America, mass shootings in america
The Casual Feminist on the World’s Least Responsible Gun Culture
Pope Francis visits America, Pope Francis and abortion
Pope Francis, Abortion, and the Complicated Relationship Between Contrition and Mercy
Iran nuclear arms deal, international relations, international travel impact on foreign policy
If You Knew More About Iran, Would That Change Your Opinion on the Nuclear Arms Deal?
education teachers politics election season
Teaching is Political.
Iran nuclear arms deal, international relations, international travel impact on foreign policy
If You Knew More About Iran, Would That Change Your Opinion on the Nuclear Arms Deal?
Scott Walker and education, Scott Walker and the Common Core
Scott Walker’s Education “Oopses”
Donald Trump Tourette, Donald Trump insults, Donald Trump for president
Trump “Diagnosed” with Tourette Syndrome?
369.the-eyes-have-it1
The Eyes Have It!
Iran nuclear arms deal, international relations, international travel impact on foreign policy
If You Knew More About Iran, Would That Change Your Opinion on the Nuclear Arms Deal?
Amazon and family leave, how do Amazon and Jeff Bezos treat parent employees
After Amazon: Parental Spending Takes a Time Out
hammock-249136_640
Vacation, Paid Leave and the Madness of American Workaholism
dying friends, friendship and death, denial about friend's death
Could I Have Been a Better Friend at the End?
women's lives, planning for the unexpected, Chinese adoption
Cushioning My Landing: When Emotions Collide with Rationality
11069864_385264318326651_7985163416737673298_n
A New York City Feminist on the Camino de Santiago
white people talking about race
Just a White Girl From the Suburbs
369.the-eyes-have-it1
The Eyes Have It!
Ashley Madison, Jared Fogle, sex, rape, sexual affairs
Ashley Madison vs. Jared Fogle: Rape, Sex and Hacking in America
women's viagra, Viagra, Flibanserin, sexual arousal, women's desire, sex after menopause
That “Little Pink Pill” Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be
breast cancer, save the boobies, save second base, why is breast cancer awareness about sex
Campaigns to Save the “Boobies” and “Tatas” Do Women No Favors

Get our new weekly email
Broadly Speaking

featuring our best words for the week + an exclusive longread