40 Years

Roe v. Wade Turns Forty

Today marks the fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision protecting a woman’s constitutional right to have an abortion. While Republican politicians remain stridently and vocally opposed to the decision, polls show that an overwhelming majority of the public favors the decision. Even about half of those who believe that abortion should be illegal don’t want to see Roe overturned.

Even as we celebrate the fortieth anniversary of this important decision, it’s clear that we have to be more vigilant than ever. The last two years have seen a record number of attacks on abortion rights. As we saw last year, many conservatives even oppose more widely accepted reproductive health policies, including something so basic as the widespread availability of birth control.

ThinkProgress’ Tara Culp-Ressler rounds up some abortion rights numbers to know:

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