By Jay Kirell
It’s been 41 years since the historic Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in America. On news stations and media outlets across the country today there will be countless representatives from Planned Parenthood, NARAL and other pro-choice organizations brought on to discuss the impact of the decision and how its shaped politics in America since.
There is, unquestionably, a long list of heroes of the women’s rights/pro choice movement. From Margaret Sanger to Betty Freidan to today’s leaders like Wendy Davis, the pro-choice movement has been spurred along by the power, dedication and vision of tremendous female activists for decades. The sustainment of that movement has lasted for more than four decades after the Supreme Court decision thanks to the relentless vigilance of individual women and women’s organizations.
When looking back at the last 40+ years of the pro-choice movement, though, it might surprise you to learn that it wasn’t NARAL or Planned Parenthood or any individual female activist that first opened the legal door for a women’s right to choose.
It was one man.
One very passionate and dedicated man….
…Who has been almost completely whitewashed from history.
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