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.
Texas HB2/SB1: Obstructing Reproductive Justice for Millions of Women
Reproductive justice and rights are at stake. House Bill 2 and Senate Bill 1 (formerly SB 5) aren't just about restricting abortion access after 20 weeks. These dangerous TRAP laws will force many health centers to close, dramatically reducing access to preventative care, family planning counseling, STD testing and cancer screenings.
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.*
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
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