Abortion Debates

March 21, 2003 • Volume 13, Issue 11
Will more restrictions be enacted?
By Kenneth Jost

Introduction

Anti-abortion and pro-choice protesters demonstrate on Dec. 4, 2002, during U.S. Supreme Court action in the Scheidler v. NOW case, involving blockades of abortion clinics.   (Getty Images/Mark Wilson)
Anti-abortion and pro-choice protesters demonstrate on Dec. 4, 2002, during U.S. Supreme Court action in the Scheidler v. NOW case, involving blockades of abortion clinics. (Getty Images/Mark Wilson)

The battle lines on the abortion issue remain clearly drawn 30 years after the Supreme Court's controversial Roe v. Wade decision established a constitutional right to the procedure during most of a pregnancy. Anti-abortion groups continue to urge Congress and state legislatures to regulate abortion practices, while abortion-rights supporters say the measures undercut women's reproductive freedom. At the urging of President Bush, Congress is moving to ban a late-stage procedure that opponents call “partial-birth” abortion although the Supreme Court struck down a similar state law three years ago. The legislative fights continue unabated in the states, where more than 300 anti-abortion laws have been enacted since 1995. Meanwhile, both sides are girding for a possible fight over a Supreme Court nomination from Bush if one or more vacancies occur.

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Sep. 22, 2006  Abortion Showdowns
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Nov. 28, 1997  Roe v. Wade At 25
Apr. 07, 1995  Abortion Clinic Protests
Jul. 05, 1991  Teenagers and Abortion
Jan. 26, 1990  Abortion: Politicians' Nightmare
Oct. 16, 1987  Abortion Policy
Jan. 14, 1983  Abortion: Decade of Debate
Oct. 22, 1976  Abortion Politics
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