Today is the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. My entire life experience is from within the context of the rights provided by this decision. I am probably not capable of correctly picturing the ways in which the lives of myself and my friends would be different had we lacked reproductive rights. But here are a few things I do know:
Worldwide, there are more than 200 million women who wish to avoid or delay pregnancy and who do not have access to modern contraception.
Every minute of every day, a woman dies from a pregnancy-related cause.
More than 33 million people are living with HIV/AIDS worldwide.
Worldwide, approximately 19 million unsafe abortions are performed annually.
The number of people, primarily women, living in extreme poverty worldwide is 1.3 billion.
Improved access to birth control, women's health services, and HIV prevention can improve gender equality, maternal health, and child survival; and reduce poverty worldwide.
For more information or to take action contact Planned Parenthood:
For a brief history of reproductive rights in the United States:
(statistics courtesy of Planned Parenthood, 2008)