40 years of Roe and woe

By From page A6 | January 23, 2013

We have just passed the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, which guaranteed that women have a right to an abortion in their own state if they could find a willing doctor. Roe was not about the legality or safety of abortion, Roe was about the convenience and expense.

One reason many people favored Roe was they felt it would encourage poor women who might have difficulty crossing state lines to get an abortion, and thus reduce poverty.

Poverty had been coming down rapidly before Roe. In the 13 years before 1973, it had been roughly cut in half. But with the Roe decision that ended.

Every year since 1973, the percentage of the population falling below the poverty threshold has been higher than it was in 1973. Note that the poverty threshold was set in the mid-1960s and has not been changed since then, except for adjustments for inflation.
The nation reached its most equal income distribution in 1973, but after Roe, the income distribution became worse, and in recent years has been at or near the most unequal in American history.

From about 1830 with the rise of the anti-slavery movement to about 1970, the serious religious vote was mostly a liberal vote. Roe was a major factor in turning the religious vote conservative. A major consequence of this was increasing poverty and inequality.
As an anti-poverty program, Roe has been a spectacular failure.

Richard Bruce


Letters to the Editor

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • Special Publications »

    Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service (updated 4/30/2015) and Privacy Policy (updated 4/7/2015).
    Copyright (c) 2016 McNaughton Newspapers, Inc., a family-owned local media company that proudly publishes the Daily Republic, Mountain Democrat, Davis Enterprise, Village Life and other community-driven publications.