Roe v. Wade
On January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision in the case of , which recognized that the constitutional right to privacy extends to a woman's right to make her own personal medical decisions - including the decision to have an abortion without interference from politicians. Over 40 years later, Americans are still standing by this decision: 7 in 10 Americans believe Roe v. Wade should remain the law of the land.
Abortion Access: Then & Now
In 1965, illegal abortions made up one-sixth of all pregnancy- and childbirth-related deaths. A survey conducted between 1965 and 1967 found that 8 in 10 low-income women in New York City who had an abortion attempted a dangerous self-induced procedure.
But now that abortion is legal, it has become one of the safest medical procedures in the United States — with a safety record of over 99%. Moreover, because it is legal, women who decide to have an abortion can receive support throughout the process from medical professionals.Read Full Article