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.

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