History of the Pro-Life Movement

1840 — Abortion is widely practiced and does not carry a negative stigma.

1900 — Every state in the United States enacts a law to criminalize abortion.

1959 — American Law Institute advocates for the liberalization of abortion law, including adding exceptions for rape victims.

1960s — Americans face an alarmingly high rate of infant mortality due to Thalidomide, which also causes birth defects in hundreds of thousands of children. A feminist movement emerged, arguing that women ought to have the ability to control their reproduction. 

1967 — Colorado is the first to amend its abortion law. California follows. The National Right to Life Committee is formed with the help of the National Council of Catholic Bishops. The modern pro-life movement was born, majorly spearheaded by Catholics, Protestants, Mormons, and Orthodox Christians.

January 22, 1973 — The Roe vs. Wade decision legalizes abortion in all 50 states. The pro-life movement transforms by shifting its case away from religion and towards human rights.

1976 — The Hyde Amendment is passed, prohibiting federal funding of abortion through Medicaid.

1992 — Supreme Court decision of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey.

June 24, 2022 —The Roe vs. Wade decision was overturned in the U.S. Supreme Court

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