By Robert F. Boyd
Social and legal discrimination against women has been a major part of human history since Adam and Eve. In the not-too-distant past, women could not own property, could not vote, were subjugated at home, at church, in educational institutions and in the workforce. So it should be no surprise to learn of the reproductive discrimination that is currently in vogue within the community of right-wingers. The elephant in the room has always been abortion rights or the pro-choice movement.
Most states before 1973 regarded abortion to be illegal. In that year, the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision allowing abortion to become legal drove the social conservatives batty. Politicians looking to satisfy their voter base have sought to overturn that decision by systematically chipping away at the law of the land. This has resulted in an assault on Planned Parenthood and its clinics where abortions are legally performed.
Boyd is a former professor and science writer. He lives in Daleville.