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Alexander Sanger on Roe v Wade

New Jersey Record | 1-20-2013

A 40th anniversary – a cause for celebration. A 40th birthday – a midlife crisis. Roe v. Wade, turning 40 next week, is cause for both.

First, the midlife crisis. The Planned Parenthood Federation of America unveiled a new campaign last week that attempts to move the argument over abortion away from the labels “pro-choice,” “pro-life,” “anti-choice” and “pro-abortion” and into more nuanced, and real-life territory.

The campaign, entitled, “Not in her Shoes,” begins:

“Most things in life aren’t simple. And that includes abortion.

“It’s personal. It can be complicated. And for many people, it’s not a black and white issue.

So why do people try to label it like it is? Pro-choice? Pro-life? The truth is these labels limit the conversation and simply don’t reflect how people actually feel about abortion.

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