So, feminists, how does it feel to be a loser?
In essence, those are the words being screamed at us from the cover of the latest issue of Time Magazine, which boldly declares that as we prepare to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the case that legalized abortion in all 50 states, Roe was the high point of the movement. “40 Years Ago, Abortion Rights Activists Won an Epic Victory With Roe v. Wade. They’ve been losing ever since,” announces the periodical, informing those of us on the front line of the war for reproductive justice that we should just pack it up and go home.
Game over, y’all.
Well, to paraphrase a (possibly apocryphal) quote from Mark Twain, the death of the pro-choice movement has been greatly exaggerated.
Of course we have had our rough spots as of late. The Guttmacher Institute has just released a new study reporting that 2012 had the second-most abortion restrictions in of any legislative year, topped only by 2011. Unspoken in their report but still evident is the fact that one of the reasons 2012 saw so many less restrictions is because by the time 2011 was finished, there were so few bills left to propose.
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