Today is Blog for Choice Day, and the topic de l’année is pretty straightforward: What is your top pro-choice hope for President Obama and/or the new Congress?
My hope has already come true, in the form of Barack Obama’s proclamation issued on the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Because my hope was that Congress and the President would place Roe in its proper context. And at least so far, they have:
On the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we are reminded that this decision not only protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, but stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose.
While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue, no matter what our views, we are united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, reduce the need for abortion, and support women and families in the choices they make. To accomplish these goals, we must work to find common ground to expand access to affordable contraception, accurate health information, and preventative services.
On this anniversary, we must also recommit ourselves more broadly to ensuring that our daughters have the same rights and opportunities as our sons: the chance to attain a world-class education; to have fulfilling careers in any industry; to be treated fairly and paid equally for their work; and to have no limits on their dreams. That is what I want for women everywhere.
And that is exactly right. The fact is that Roe is not just about the right of women to control their reproductive destinies — though that certainly is a vitally important part of it. It is about the right of women to control their destinies, full stop. That is not just about abortion. It’s about so much more than that. And I am so grateful that the President recognizes that. Hopefully, he will take those words and put them into action over the next eight years.