As Ian Millhiser of the Center for American Progress writes in a new post, there is good reason to be very, very worried.

Less than a year from now, Roe v. Wade could be all-but-dead. Employers, health providers, and pharmacists could gain sweeping new power to impose their religious views on women who use birth control. And elected lawmakers could even be stripped of their power to correct Supreme Court decisions that read religious objectors’ rights too expansively. Simply put, the Supreme Court term that begins next month is likely to do more to determine how much control women have over their own bodies than any term since the justices decided Roe v. Wade.
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Today is the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision to confer something approaching equal rights on women when it comes to reproductive freedom — a day to be celebrated for sure.

And notwithstanding the troubled actions and statements of zealot/politicians like North Carolina’s chief cheerleader for restricting that freedom — state House Majority Leader Paul Stam — the trends in public opinion continue to move inexorably in a positive direction.

For confirmation of this reality, check out this very encouraging graph of the nation’s evolving attitudes on abortion rights from MSNBC blogger Steve Benen.