Back in 1973, the landmark Supreme Court case Roe vs. Wade established a woman’s right to have an abortion in the United States. What it did not make clear, however, is where in the United States it is possible for a woman to have an abortion, and it is increasingly this question of geography, not federal rights, that determines whether or not a woman really is free to chose.
Even though Roe vs. Wade set the national position on abortion, specific laws in the 50 states vary immensely, and in practice, these laws have a much greater bearing on a woman’s access to an abortion clinic. Over the past decade or so, more and more states have taken up stronger, more hostile positions against abortion.
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