Today is the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and the 5th annual Blog for Choice day. This year’s theme is a tribute to Dr. George Tiller, the Kansas doctor who provided reproductive options through his clinic for many years, and who was shot by an anti-abortion activist last year. Dr. Tiller often wore a “Trust Women” button, what does “Trust Women” mean to you?
So what does it mean to me? I believe that women are, by and large, smart and capable people who care for their bodies, their lives, their families, and their communities. It means that government, policy makers, and the media should get out the way and let women make their own choices. It means that women know what they need, and should be the main source of information on all issues that impact them. It means that, in this age of gender fluidity, women may not be what we expect, but still deserve our respect. It means that when we talk about women, we should spend more time listening to women, and less time talking about them. And when it comes to reproductive choice, we should believe that women can make the choices that are right for them, and deserve to have access and information about all the options before them.
Happy birthday, Roe v. Wade. Here’s to 37 more.