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Mark Smith, editor


Pro-choice supporters propose legislation

On Jan. 22, the 31st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, women’s rights leaders, including Sen. Barbara Boxer and Sen. Frank Lautenberg, introduced the Freedom of Choice Act—legislation that seeks to make permanent the Supreme Court’s landmark decision that a women has a right to choose whether or not to carry a pregnancy to term.


Anit-choicers accuse opponents of coercion

January 22 marked the 31st anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions, Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton, that discovered a constitutional right to abortion for all nine months of pregnancy. The key is Doe’s definition of “health.” The court said that abortion could be performed “ the light of all factors - physical, emotional, psychological, familial, and the woman’s age - relevant to the well being of the patient. All these factors may relate to health.” 410 U.S. 179, 192. Voila - abortion up to seconds before exiting the birth canal.


Pro-choicers say 'Keep your laws off my body'

As many celebrated the 31st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, others continue to urge reversing the landmark decision. Sarah Weddington, the Texas lawyer who argued Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court comments on the recent reversal. “At the time, I thought it had been written in concrete, but now I see it’s sandstone.” In 1973, The Supreme Court recognized that the U.S. Constitution implies the right to privacy, which encompassed the right to terminate a pregnancy. The court determined that if the woman’s life or health were at stake, abortion could not be banned, no matter what the stage of pregnancy.


Bush lets tyranny ring!

“The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.” So wrote the authors of the Declaration of Independence.

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