Forty years ago today, the Supreme Court ruled that women had a constitutional right to abortion based on the right to privacy. But — judging from the 30 states that passed 135 new laws restricting access to abortion during the past two years alone — it increasingly seems that privacy has not served the cause. That's why both abortion recipients and providers are growing more adamant about sharing their experiences to ensure that all women make their own reproductive health decisions. In honor of Roe v. Wade's 40th anniversary, we interviewed outspoken abortion providers about why they refuse to hide behind surgical masks and office doors.
Last week, I attended an event hosted by Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health in honor of Roe v. Wade's big 4-0. The organization invited three prominent abortion providers to talk about abortion's history and future. But only two doctors were actually listed on the event invitation: Dr. Linda Prine, medical director and founder of the Reproductive Health Access Project, and Dr. Willie Parker, an obstetrician gynecologist who is one of the plaintiffs in the Center for Reproductive Rights case opposing a law that would shut down Mississippi's sole abortion clinic.