And It Begins…Inauguration 2009, Anti-Choice Protestors and Roe v. Wade


Roe v. Wade's 36th anniversary will be marked by a thoughtful discussion on Rewire, a March for Life in Washington DC post-inauguration and, yes, a "Personhood Conference."

Two days after the inauguration of President Elect Obama, we’ll be commemorating the 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Roe v. Wade is the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal – and safe – for women in the United States. Rewire will recognize the landmark decision and the opening of a door into a new era by hosting our second live-blog chat on the future of messaging for the reproductive rights movement with Gloria Feldt and Sarah Stoesz (president of PP of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota and a leader in the successful fight against the abortion ban in South Dakota). Join us with your questions and comments on Thursday, January 22nd from 3-4pm eastern time right here on Rewire. 

Another way folks are marking the occasion? Anti-choice protestors will gather on Thursday for their annual March for Life, a protest that brings over one hundred thousand anti-choice voices to DC every year. 

Some of the protestors may also be attending the "Personhood Conference" this week organized by the American Life League or ALL (remember their anti-contraception campaign, ‘The Pill Kills’?). Kristi Burton, the young and committed advocate responsible for the failed Colorado ballot initiative that would have conferred legal rights onto fertilized eggs will be speaking. 

Despite President Elect Obama’s historic campaign rooted in unity and his success at creating a common ground movement for reproductive and sexual health and rights that includes traditionally pro-life scholars and activists, extremist organizations like ALL are staying the course. From a press release about the conference and the march:

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Days after the inauguration of the most pro-abortion president in the nation’s history, hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers from across the country descend on Washington, D.C. to respond with a message of personhood.

At ALL’s Personhood Conference, the pro-life movement’s most influential leaders explain the cultural and legislative necessity of recognition of all human beings as persons from the moment of creation until natural death.

Good things come to those who wait and we’ve waited a long time to see a true advocate for reproductive health and rights in the White House. Despite ALL’s insistence on pushing an agenda with which most Americans disagree, it looks likely that President Elect Obama will support a progressive, allied vision for reproductive health and rights. 

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