- Apr 13, 2011
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With the Supreme Court becoming more conservative, many people who support women’s right to choose an abortion fear that Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that gave them that right, is in danger of being swept aside.
When such fears arise, we often hear about the pre-Roe “bad old days.” Yet there are few physicians today who can relate to them from personal experience. I can.
I am a retired gynecologist, in my mid-80s. My early formal training in my specialty was spent in New York City, from 1948 to 1953, in two of the city’s large municipal hospitals.
It is important to remember that Roe v. Wade did not mean that abortions could be performed. They have always been done, dating from ancient Greek days.
What Roe said was that ending a pregnancy could be carried out by medical personnel, in a medically accepted setting, thus conferring on women, finally, the full rights of first-class citizens — and freeing their doctors to treat them as such.
Read more @: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/03/health/views/03essa.html
People need to grapple the idea that abortions will always be performed no matter what, even in under laws that ban abortion or make it a lot tougher to obtain. We need loose abortion laws that allow women to obtain an abortion, and I believe the main reason why we must have this is because for the safety of the woman.