Stuff Queer People Need To Know

Coat hanger with red circle with a line through it on top, indicating no coat hangers. Photo from Google Images.After years of litigation in the Roe v. Wade case, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 7-2 in favor of Roe, legalizing abortion 40 years ago today.

The court extended the right to privacy clause in the 14th Amendment to a person’s choice to have an abortion; however, that right must be balanced with the state’s interest to protect prenatal life, according to the ruling.

A person may chose to have an abortion until the fetus is viable or “potentially able to live outside the mother’s womb, albeit with artificial aid,” according to the Roe v. Wade ruling. Medically, this is usually at about seven months or 28 weeks, but very few doctors perform abortions on people who are past the first trimester.

Before abortion was legalized in the United States, thousands of women died from complications resulting from botched back alley abortions. Currently, 60,000 to 80,000 people worldwide die each…

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  1. January 22, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Usually, I’m not one to do the whole reblog thing, but I thought this post was too good to not share.

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  2. January 25, 2013 at 8:44 pm

    One of my friends went on a pro-life march today. I almost wanted to ask her what the point of that was–she lives in North Dakota, one of those states where abortion is just barely legal and there’s only one provider in the whole state. I don’t think she has to worry about abortion services being too widely available where she lives 😦

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  3. January 25, 2013 at 11:44 pm

    There are people in North Dakota? J\kidding, maybe she’s taking her activism to a new level. One would have to marching in North Dakota at this time of the year. BRRRRR!

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    • January 27, 2013 at 10:08 pm

      If nothing else, I do have admire the strength of her convictions to be doing this, yes.

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