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40 Years Ago Today, a Big Day

January 24, 2013 Leave a comment

Nope, it is not my birthday –  the graying of me hairs & the lines on me face, they do betray me and give me away.

Rather, it is a Big Day because 40 years ago the Supreme Court ruled on the landmark case, Roe v. Wade, which has indelibly impacted the lives of millions. On this day, 40 years ago, it became legal to terminate a pregnancy.

Singles of all ages are free from the certainty of the social stigma associated with pregnancy outside of marriage. The distraught & embarrassed parents now have an avenue to protect the family name, other than sending the problem away for a while.

Married couples and career-minded individuals are able to take complete control of their lives, able to decide when it is convenient to have a child and when it is not. Accidents are a thing of the past as they can be erased.

We are free to live as we please, indulge in whatever pleasures we fancy, with whoever is willing. The anxiety caused by missing a pill, or bypassing other protection methods in the heat of the moment – health concerns aside – isn’t the end of the world.

It is no longer necessary for anyone, of any social strata, to resort to clandestine & shameful, back alley, ‘clothes hanger procedures’ to free oneself from the shackles of unwanted pregnancy. To each & every one – regardless of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation – there is the freedom to be child-free.

Indeed, this ruling has impacted the lives of the many millions since its inception. But none more so than the millions of victims of this ruling.

Yup, victims. Who are these Victims? (To be continued…)  See the related article here.

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