On January 22, 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court handed down the landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, recognizing that the Constitution protects an individual’s right to choose whether to have an abortion under the Fourteenth Amendment. In the decades following this decision, subsequent court cases as well as state and federal laws have eroded this constitutional right, rendering abortion inaccessible, unaffordable, and out of reach for millions of Americans.

Despite the fact that 7 in 10 Americans support the right to legal abortion, access to abortion services is limited by restrictions such as geography (90 percent of counties in the U.S. are without any abortion providers), mandatory waiting periods, biased counseling with medically inaccurate scare tactics, parental consent laws for minors, insurance coverage restrictions, and targeted regulation of abortion providers (TRAP) laws.

What's New

Going Beyond Roe to Honor its 49th Anniversary

January 24, 2022
Last Saturday, January 22nd, marked the 49th anniversary of the US Supreme Court's landmark Roe v. Wade decision. The Roe decision was revolutionary, as it protected a pregnant person's right to have an abortion, without excessive government restrictions. Now, we face a grim reality that Roe may not reach its 50 th anniversary. This spring, the Court will deliver its decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, the case that could functionally overturn Roe. If this happens, almost half the states in the US are poised to ban abortion entirely.