Last week, the UF College Democrat’s Women’s Caucus held a Day of Action to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the landmark Supreme court case Roe v. Wade. Decided on January 22, 1973, this case recognized a woman’s right to privacy and a woman’s right to choose. Before this case, almost all states outlawed abortions except in certain circumstances.
To mark this historic decision, we celebrated by making cupcakes and passing out free condoms to those who came to the table to hear about the importance of women’s choice and reproductive health. Even though women’s rights have come a long way in the past 40 years, there has been a recent wave of anti-choice legislation passed in state legislatures across the country in the past few years. Between 2011 and 2012, 28 anti-abortion bills were introduced in the Florida legislature, though few very of them passed.
We hope that Days of Action like this will help remind students of the importance of a woman’s right to access to a safe and legal abortion.
Entry Written by: Christina Ford, Women’s Caucus Chair