Terry O’Neill, president of National Organization for Women, a tireless fighter for women’s rights, will lead a candlelight vigil tomorrow, January 22, from 5:00-6:00 pm, at the U.S. Supreme Court to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.
The Court’s landmark decision recognized women’s fundamental right to abortion, and with that guarantee, giving American women the power to control their own bodies, a major step on the road toward equality was taken. Said O’Neill, “Roe v. Wade has helped improve women’s status in the U.S. and saved countless women’s lives.”
Since the midterm elections of 2010, the Republicans have strengthened their siege on reproductive rights, on both the state and federal levels but the voters refusing to go back, pushed back, re-electing President Obama.
In his inaugural address today, President Obama called for equality for all Americans, “We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths–that all of us are created equal–is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall.”
And the President called for another step toward women’s equality, saying, “It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.”
(And January 22 is also meaningful to me for a personal reason: happy birthday, Lynn.)