Law: Abortion on The Ropes

Is the historic Roe v. Wade ruling about to be overturned?

It is a right that in the course of just 15 years many Americans have come to regard as no less inalienable than freedom of religion or expression. It is a right exercised by 1.6 million U.S. women each year -- some rich, some poor; some barely out of childhood, some close to middle age; nearly a fifth married, the rest single. But in the eyes of many Americans, the right to abortion, established by the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, is not a right at all, but a wrong.

For 15 years opponents of abortion have...

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