This time I think President Obama got it wrong. I understand why he made the compromise he did—to avoid a religious-inflamed political battle. But I wished he hadn’t taken the road of compromise. In doing so, he’s done a disservice to women’s right to choose what happens to our bodies.
Right now, it feels like 1972 before the advent of Roe v. Wade. This ruling by the Supreme Court overturned a Texas interpretation of abortion law and made abortions legal for women. But at the heart of Roe v. Wade was women’s right to choose what happens to their bodies as backed by the due process clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, which prohibits government from enacting laws that infringe upon a person’s right to the pursuit of life, liberty and property. “No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
Recent scientific advances give us renewed hope that an end to the AIDS epidemic is within our reach, but we cannot allow ourselves to lose our sense of urgency in addressing the heavy burden of HIV/AIDS among Black Americans. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day reminds us that though we have come a long way over the past 30 years, we have so much left to achieve, and the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) – to be held in Washington, D.C. from July 22-27 – will be an opportunity to re-focus the agenda on the U.S., particularly among hard-hit communities, including Black Americans.
A pilot program designed to increase fruit and vegetable intake among elementary school students is being put to the test by Saint Paul Public Schools and HealthPartners. Approximately 7,500 students in 21 schools are participating in the program including nine Saint Paul Public Schools.
"Research shows that habits established in elementary school often last a lifetime, so this is a great opportunity to help reverse the obesity epidemic in our community and our nation," says Valeria Silva, Saint Paul Public School Superintendent.