January marks the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court Case that legalized access to abortion for women throughout the nation. This landmark ruling is grounded in a belief that the majority of Americans continue to hold today -- that every person should have the right to make private medical decisions without the interference of politicians.
Forty-one years after the passage of Roe, young people are energizing our movement. They led to a decisive defeat of a harmful 20-week abortion ban in Albuquerque -- which marked the first time a city asked to approve this type of ban. Young people also played a key role in defeating Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia gubernatorial race, largely based on his extreme views on abortion. And of course, they packed the Texas state capitol in support of Texas State Senator Wendy Davis while she held her ground in the historic 11-hour marathon filibuster to run out the clock on an extreme and dangerous anti-women's health bill.