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In Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization (2022), the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade (1973), which guaranteed a constitutional right to abortion.

In Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decided that the right to privacy implied in the 14th Amendment protected abortion as a fundamental right. However, in the 2022 Dobbs decision, the Supreme Court decided that abortion is not federally protected and that it is up to states to decide.

Brennan Center

The abortion rate in 2017 was 13.5 abortions per 1,000 women aged 15–44.

This is the lowest rate ever observed in the United States. In 1973, the year abortion became legal, the rate was 16.3. The number reached its peak of 29.3 in 1981 and has steadily declined ever since.


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