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Roe v. Wade and the Right to Choose

When Roe v. Wade was decided in January 1973, abortion except to save a woman’s life was banned in nearly two thirds of states.   Laws in most of the remaining states contained only a few additional exceptions.   An estimated 1.2 million women each year resorted to illegal abortion,  despite the known hazards of frightening trips to dangerous locations in strange parts of town, whiskey as an anesthetic, doctors who were often marginal or unlicensed practitioners, unsanitary conditions, incompetent treatment, infection, hemorrhage, disfiguration, and death.

Everyone should be able to decide if, when, how, and with whom they start or grow a family.

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