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January 22, 2013
This right of privacy, whether it be founded in the Fourteenth Amendment’s concept of personal liberty and restrictions upon state action, as we feel it is, or, as the District Court determined, in the Ninth Amendment’s reservation of rights to the people, is broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.
Justice Harry Blackmun delivered the Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973. (via sonicbloom11)

A major decision hits a major anniversary. For four decades, this issue has become one of the country’s major social wedge issues — and Roe v. Wade was decision that proved the splinter.

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10:38 // 1 year ago
May 31, 2012

Anti-abortion bill gains traction in House, but falls short of passage

  • yeah… Today, the House of Representatives voted 246-168 in favor of a bill that would make it illegal for doctors to perform abortions if the sole motivation for the abortion is dissatisfaction with the gender of the fetus.
  • but… The bill, nicknamed PRENDA (for Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act), was brought up under a suspension of House rules, thus requiring a two-thirds majority for passage. It was thirty votes shy of that, so it didn’t pass. source

» For and against: The bill’s sponsor, Trent Franks, claims that America is the only advanced country left in the world that still doesn’t restrict sex-selective abortion in any way." But Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowski, voted against the bill, said that it ”includes a provision that would allow a women’s husband or parents, by merely alleging that an abortion is because of gender, to seek injunctive relief to prevent the doctor from performing abortion procedures.

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18:49 // 1 year ago