Slideshow: How Roe v. Wade changed abortion rights

Sunday marked the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. On Monday, anti-Roe demonstrators are holding a “March for Life” in Washington. Both sides have reasons to celebrate.

While Roe continues to protect a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy, a wave of state abortion restrictions last year reshaped the access and availability of abortion. These graphs and maps look back at how abortion rights, as well as abortion rates, have changed since the 1973 landmark decision.


View Photo Gallery: Sunday marked the 39th anniversary Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States. While Roe provides many protections of a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy, a wave of abortion restrictions last year reshaped access and availability. Wonkblog’s Sarah Kliff looks back at how abortion rights, as well as abortion rates, have changed since the Roe decision in 1973.

Related: On Sunday, I interviewed Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL, which opposes restrictions on a woman’s right to abort, and Charmaine Yoest, president of Americans United for Life, which opposes abortion rights.

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