"[Before Roe v. Wade] an estimated 1.2 million women each year resorted to illegal abortion, despite the known hazards of frightening trips to dangerous locations in strange parts of town, of whiskey as an anesthetic, doctors who were often marginal or unlicensed practitioners, unsanitary conditions, incompetent treatment, infection, hemorrhage, disfiguration, and death... By striking down laws that forced women to resort to back-alley abortion, Roe [v. Wade] saved many women’s lives.
In addition, Roe [v. Wade] has improved the quality of many women's lives. Although most women welcome pregnancy, childbirth, and the responsibilities of raising a child at some period in their lives, few events can more dramatically constrain a woman’s opportunities than an unplanned pregnancy. Because childbirth and pregnancy substantially affect a woman’s educational prospects, employment opportunities, and self-determination, restrictive abortion laws narrowly circumscribed women’s role in society and hindered women from charting their paths through life in the most basic of ways. In the 35 years since Roe [v. Wade], the variety and level of women’s achievements have reached unprecedented heights..."
"Roe v. Wade and the Right to Choose," www.NARAL.org, Jan. 1, 2010
Organizations/VIPs/Others Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
"For 40 years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has been the nation's leading advocate for privacy and a woman's right to choose. With more than one million members and supporters, NARAL Pro-Choice America is fighting to protect the pro-choice values of freedom and privacy."
[Note: NARAL originally stood for The National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws. In 1973, the organization changed its name to the National Abortion Rights Action League. In 1993, the organization changed its name to the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League, without changing its acronym NARAL. The organization last changed its name in 2003 to NARAL Pro-Choice America.]
"About Us," www.NARAL.org (accessed May 10, 2010)
"NARAL Pro-Choice America's mission is to develop and sustain a constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children, and choosing legal abortion."
"NARAL Pro-Choice America's Mission," www.NARAL.org (accessed May 10, 2010)
A 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization
Nancy Keenan, President of NARAL Pro-Choice America