It established a right—a limited one—to make your own decisions in a complex ethical area.
"Should it be legal?" has not been serving us well.
My wife volunteered as an "accompanier" at Planned Parenthood. She found that each client came with a unique urgent set of circumstances.
There has been a broad and dramatic shift toward more abortion restrictions in the United States. This will almost certainly continue.
It's hard to imagine a more efficient way to rack up diverse denunciations than Rep. Todd Akin's approach in an interview on Sunday, when in one breath he both promoted a foul bit of junk science alleging that rape victims don't generally get pregnant (and thus don't need abortion services) and coined the term "legitimate rape." Pretty much everyone everywhere has condemned his comments, and rightly so. A number of rape victims have written responses, including Shauna Prewitt, whose post at xoJane went viral and taught a lot of us something appalling that we didn't know.
I recall three times when the churches I served were picketed. The one that was by far the most traumatic had to do with abortion.