Forty-five years later, Roe is still law of the land - but if you've been following the news lately, you'd be forgiven for thinking otherwise.
Almost half a century after the historic Supreme Court decision, the current political climate proves that the culture battle over abortion is not over. It requires any young woman who requests an abortion to visit a "crisis pregnancy center" - outfits that exist for the sole objective of dissuading women from terminating their pregnancies - and prohibits her from going to an abortion clinic.
What's different about the Roe anniversary this year is the newly proactive abortion rights movement. "We try to bring awareness to the devastation".
About 10 years earlier, a woman in Texas had filed suit in the state's northern district court to obtain an abortion, back then an illegal procedure unless necessary to save the mother's life.
Edward Lazarus, a former clerk to the late Justice Harry Blackmun - the Supreme Court justice who authored Roe - has stated, "Justice Blackmun's opinion provides essentially no reasoning in support of its holding". The protest was for hard-won abortion rights, better access to birth control, and against sexual harassment.
Before the rally Monday, a group of veteran and freshmen female Democratic delegates unveiled several bills created to protect abortion rights from restrictions. A recent study by investigators at Washington University involving nearly 10,000 young women over several years reports that "providing birth control to women at no cost substantially reduces unplanned pregnancies and cuts abortion rates by a range of 62 to 78 percent compared to the national rate". In our experience, most women don't really want to end their pregnancy. But prior to that decision, abortion was illegal and risky for many across the country, leaving some no choice if they became pregnant and didn't want to carry their fetus to term.
Delegate Debra Rodman proposed a bill to repeal to statutory ultrasound requirement for abortion - as well as Virginia's tampon tax. Currently, six states - Kentucky, West Virginia, Wyoming, South Dakota, North Dakota, and MS - only have one clinic left. "Medicaid dollars should go to local community health centers serving women - not the scandal-ridden billion-dollar abortion industry", ADF Legal Counsel Elissa Graves said in a statement, according to The Christian Post. This not only drives up the costs associated with getting abortion care, it delays women and may well push the abortion out of reach.
Anti-choice politicians employ a wide range of tactics to deny women care, including laws that ban abortion at a certain points in pregnancy, ban specific methods of abortion, or force women to make multiple unnecessary trips to distant clinics before they can get the care they need.
Still, many restrictions on abortions remain in Virginia. As the women's rights movement resurged in the 1960s and 1970s, the importance of personal autonomy became part of the movement's message, including overturning abortion laws.
Abortion opponents have worked hard to impose obstacles to women following through on their own choices. They did so on privacy grounds, saying government intervention in a woman's medical treatment was an unwarranted and improper intervention in her right to choose what happens to her body.
For us, fighting abortion means investing our resources to help as many women and their babies as possible. It will only scratch the surface in efforts to restore health care access for New Jersey residents. That is a record number.
"Doctors ought to be giving their patients all the information they can to make an informed decision, and we assume that's happening", she said. And we'll do anything in our power to see the day when no more babies are aborted in America.