Happy birthday Roe! If you’re turning 40 this year, it means that I am too. Given that we share this significant milestone, let’s take a look back at how we’ve fared over the last 40 years. Both of us are a little worse for wear. The Supreme Court weakened you in subsequent decisions. Your opponents have repeatedly chipped away at you – passing new restrictions on abortion and thinking up creative new ways to attack you.

As for me, well, let’s just say that I think I’ve held up pretty well for someone who grew up in the pre-sunscreen era and has two kids under the age of 4. Still, there’s no doubt I have more wrinkles, more aches and pains, and less flexibility than I used to. But at the core, I’m still the same person I was when I was young . And most importantly, so are you, Roe. Because as much as your opponents have tried to undermine you, you’re still fundamentally intact. You still protect our right to decide whether to have an abortion. And we’re so grateful for it.

So happy birthday Roe, from one soon-to-be 40 year old to another.