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Roe v. Wade Overturned: What Does it Mean?

The overturning of Roe V. Wade is one of the most historic events in our lifetime. This will make a huge impact on women’s healthcare access. Here are the basic facts:

  • For the past 50 years, abortion was considered a constitutional right by the United States federal government, made legal in 1973 because of a Texas woman (Norma McCorvey, known as Jane Roe) whose legal counsel took her case to the U.S Supreme Court. She wanted to have an abortion, but when she became pregnant with her third child in 1969, abortion was only legal in Texas if the mother’s life was in danger. This led to a series of events that caused the U. S. Supreme Court to make it a constitutional right for any woman in the United States to have an abortion, up to 12 weeks in their pregnancy, regardless of state laws. Read more on the history of the law here,
  • Now, each state will be able to make their own laws relating to abortion access, and there is no longer a federal law in place related to abortion. In some states, it will remain legal, but in many it will be illegal very soon, perhaps in the next few days. The map below shows what is likely to happen state by state. Photo credit:


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