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An emotional anniversary

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 - Updated: 5:30 PM

Forty years ago Jan. 22, the Supreme Court ruled that women had a constitutional right to an abortion. This one sweeping decision transformed abortion from what was often a secret, illicit and dangerous act, sometimes crudely self-inflicted, into a generally legal and safe procedure.

But it also turned abortion, always an emotional issue, into one of society's most divisive.

Unlike many landmark Supreme Court cases that have become accepted parts of our culture -- such as Brown vs. Board of Education, which declared school segregation unconstitutional, or Loving vs. Virginia, which overturned state bans on interracial marriage -- Roe did not lead to a clear national consensus on abortion.

A recent Pew Research Center survey found that although most Americans support the court's decision, 29 percent said they would like to see Roe overturned.

Nearly half of Americans say they believe abortion is morally wrong. Those positions have changed little in recent decades.

Sadly, the Roe decision remains under attack in many quarters from politicians, conservative religious groups and others.

Fueled by their belief that abortion is murder, they are intent on taking away or substantially curtailing the right to choose, even though the Supreme Court has correctly concluded that abortion is a private matter.

We look forward to the day when a woman's constitutional right to make such a fundamental decision about her own body as whether or not to have a child is as clearly settled and calmly accepted as the right of black and white children to attend school together or the right of people of all races to marry one another.

Until then, courts and legislatures must be vigilant in assuring that a woman's right to make her own decisions is neither thwarted nor denied.

-- Los Angeles Times

     

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