40 Years Later: Roe vs. Wade
It has been 40 years since the landmark decision in the Roe v. Wade case guaranteed the right to abortion. However, the relief that women experienced following the 1973 decision was short-lived. Insidious restrictions, many of which have been enacted at the state level over the past two years, have had a devastating effect on women's reproductive rights.*
The relief that women experienced following the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision guaranteeing access to safe and legal abortion was short-lived. After merely three years, zealous politicians managed to impose their own personal agendas with the passing of the Hyde Amendment, systematically excluding millions of low-income women and women of color from accessing abortion care.
Access to Abortion Map
While the right to abortion was guaranteed in 1973, access to abortion has become more limited in recent years. Many states have enacted astonishingly restrictive policies, jeopardizing the health and safety of women. Today, 87% of counties lack an abortion provider and 35% of women live in these very counties.**
**Source: Population Institute and Guttmacher