This weekend we observe the anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Abortion is still a lightning rod for bitter public debate, legislative battles, and polarization. This blog post from the National Women's Law Center reminds us of the reality both then and now: before Roe women died.
Before Roe | National Women's Law Center: "Let’s start with what I know to be true—Roe v. Wade saved women’s lives. Before Roe, women died. They died because they were desperate. They died because they were forced into back-alleys to have abortions in unsanitary conditions, sometimes without any anesthesia. And yet here we are today in 2011, on the 38th anniversary of Roe, learning about another back-alley and a purported “clinic” that preyed on vulnerable, desperate women."
I encourage you to read the whole post by Kelli Garcia, Counsel, on the National Women's Law Center Blog.