Thursday, March 11, 2010

Abortion as a Constitutional Right: The Billboard and Health Care Exceptions?

Thoughtful column from Professor of Sociology Carole Joffe (pictured left) author of Dispatches from the Abortion Wars: The Costs of Fanaticism to Doctors, Patients, and the Rest of Us.++atfield++portrait-mini

Joffe, writing from a pro-reproductive rights position, discusses the Atlanta billboard controversy, noting:

Loretta Ross, the executive director of the Sistersong Women of Color Reproductive Health Collective in Atlanta, has forcefully responded to the charges of racism that are frequently made by antiabortion forces against Margaret Sanger, the foremother of Planned Parenthood. As she recently told the New York Times, “The reason we have so many Planned Parenthoods in the black community is because leaders in the black community in the ‘20s and ‘30s went to Margaret Sanger and asked for them.” “Controlling our fertility was part of our uplift out of poverty strategy, and it still works.”

Joffe comments that "abortion still has the capacity to derail Congressional passage of a health reform bill."

Teaching (and learning) abortion cases in Constitutional Law has never been easy, but it has become more and more complex. 


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