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As Roe turns 40, fight continues over abortion

7:05 AM, Jan. 22, 2013
Thousands gather for the Rally for Life on Saturday outside the Earle Cabell Federal Courthouse, site of the landmark Roe v Wade lawsuit filing over 40 years ago, in downtown Dallas. The anti-abortion rally marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.
Thousands gather for the Rally for Life on Saturday outside the Earle Cabell Federal Courthouse, site of the landmark Roe v Wade lawsuit filing over 40 years ago, in downtown Dallas. The anti-abortion rally marks the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.
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Not even 40 years could diminish the controversy and emotion over the Roe v. Wade decision.

By a 7-2 vote on Jan. 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court justices established a nationwide right to abortion.

The case has set the tone for a broader discussion for the generation that has grown up with Roe as the status quo, said Alison Staudinger, professor of political science at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. After 55 million procedures since 1973, she said access to abortion has become an expectation, but access to birth control and concerns about women's health are more pressing. ...

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