Tuesday, Jan. 22, saw the 40th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade, in which abortion was officially legalized.
San Diego Coalition for Reproductive Choice* celebrated the anniversary with a fundraiser dinner that highlighted the past and present of the organization’s history, including it’s pro-choice fight for safe and legal access to reproductive healthcare.
Abby Silverman-Weiss, a local attorney and champion of reproductive rights, was honored as the 2013 Defender of Choice.
“Tonight is a tremendous sense of belonging and empowerment,” Silverman-Weiss said.
Silverman-Weiss said people should be “much more optimistic’ about the future, and work to equip the next generation with “tools, education and self-esteem sot hat they can lead future generations.”
That being said, the pro-choice fight continues with more draconian anti-abortion laws being devised every day. In New Mexico, Republican Rep. Cathrynn Brown recently introduced House Bill 206, which would prohibit abortion after rape as “tampering with evidence.” According to a report in RT, rape victims would be forced to carry their pregnancies to term as evidence for the sexual assault trial that would ensue after the baby’s birth.
Below are pictures of memorabilia collected over the years, which was displayed at the anniversary dinner, as well as a YouTube video showing the Then and Now history of reproductive justice.
All photos by Annie Lane.
*An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the dinner was hosted by Planned Parenthood.