The 40-Year Impact of Roe v. Wade on the United States

The Supreme Court handed down abortion’s landmark decision in Roe v. Wade 40 years ago, sparking decades of political, cultural and religious divisions. In a 7–2 vote, the Supreme Court held that a set of Texas statutes criminalizing abortion in most instances violated a woman’s constitutional right of privacy. About 60 percent of Americans say they would not like to see the Supreme Court completely overturn Roe v. Wade, compared to about 30 percent who would like to see the ruling overturned, according to a recent poll from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

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