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History of Abortion Rights In The U.S. [Timeline]

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June 8, 2016
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Abortion is a major issue in the US. Where you stand on the topic could be the deciding factor in how you choose your friends, which businesses you support, and how you elect candidates to government. For decades, this controversial issue has been the focus of both politicians and activists alike.

Since as early as 1856, several states have been involved in the approval or banning of abortions for mothers in the first trimester, but it wasn’t until 1890 that the American Medical Association (AMA) got involved in the matter. This enabled women to seek legal abortions when birth would endanger their lives.

Fast forward to 1967, and abortion is a felony in 49 states. Pro life supporters seemed to have this issue locked down all over the US, but three decades later in 1998,, the landscape in America proved to be quite different. The population was nearly split on the anti abortion issue, with 45% being pro life, and 48% being pro choice.

Today, there are still more pro choice supporters than pro life supporters. The tide has indeed changed since the early 1800’s. Let’s take a closer look at the history of abortion in the United States, and see how the country has changed its laws and views over the decades.

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History of Abortion Rights in The US

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