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In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled 7–2 that unrestrictive state regulation of abortion is unconstitutional in a case known as Roe v Wade.

The court decided that a set of Texas statutes criminalizing abortion in most instances violated a woman’s constitutional right of privacy, implied in the Fourteenth Amendment (“…nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law”).


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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