Happy 41st birthday, Roe v Wade!

Today is the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in Roe v Wade, which declared that Americans have a right to privacy that protects the right to have an abortion, under limited circumstances. In recent years, that right has increasingly become a privilege, with Republicans doing everything they can to chip away at access to reproductive healthcare of all kinds, but especially abortion. Some people think 2014 will be a turning point in that fight, the year Americans will finally put their feet down as say, “Enough already with the restricting of bodily autonomy.” I’m less optimistic. 

Regardless, today is a Roe‘s birthday, and we’ll have more Roe-themed coverage for you later in the day. On Twitter, they’re celebrating with the hashtag #7in10forRoe, because 70% of Americans support the continuing existence of the decision and would not be all that thrilled if the Supreme Court overturned it – which is what anti-choicers are hoping for in the long run.

If you’re on Twitter, go help make #7in10forRoe into a national trend. In the meantime, here are some of the best tweets I’ve seen so far:

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Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia.

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