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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Why judges matter: The best-known example turns 40

Alliance for Justice President Nan Aron issued the following statement marking the upcoming 40th Anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade:

Photo: Planned Parenthood Action Fund/womenarewatching.org
Tuesday’s anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade drives home the importance of the Supreme Court in our daily lives. A change of one vote on the Court in the wrong direction could set back set back advances made by women.  A change of one vote the right way can solidify the gains of the past four decades.

But after the anniversary, the urgency tends to fade.  We forget how important the Supreme Court is to our lives in so many other ways.  This year, for example, Supreme Court decisions may determine who can get married, who can go to college and even who can vote.

So we need to focus every day on fighting for a progressive judiciary, not only Supreme Court justices, but judges on our lower courts as well.

Sometimes it is, literally, a matter of life and death.

Read our three-part series: Will the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade?

And check out our Bolder Advocacy blog for a listing of how nonprofits are commemorating the anniversary.

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