States individually began to make abortions illegal to increase the "native" population and prevent immigrants from outnumbering them.
All states ban abortion
By 1910, all states had made abortions illegal unless the pregnancy was life threatening to the mother. This made abortions a physicians only procedure, preventing midwives and other untrained people from attempting the procedure.
Griswold v Connecticut
Supreme Court ruled that a state's ban on the use of contraceptives violated the right to marital privacy.
First "liberalized" law
Colorado Governor signs the first abortion law allowing abortion in cases of permanent mental or physical disability of either the child or the mother and in pregnancies due to rape or incest.
United States v Vuitch
First Supreme Court case regarding abortion. Upheld a District of Columbia law permitting abortion only to preserve a woman's "health". The Court distinguished "health" as "psychological and physical well-being" which basically permitted abortion for any reason.
Eisenstadt v Baird
Prior to this ruling, it was illegal for unmarried women to obtain contraception. This decision established the right for unmarried women to use contraceptives.
Roe v Wade
Supreme Court case that legalized abortion. Ruled that part of a woman's right to privacy was the right to choose if she wants children or not and a woman could make that decision with her doctor without state interference.
Reagan forms a federal task force to promote adoption over abortion
Planned Parenthood v Casey
In this PA case, it was ruled that women must give informed consent and wait 24 hours before the procedure. Also, a minor must receive consent from one parent. These new regulations were allowed because they do not place "undue burden" on the woman.
Rust v Sullivan
This upheld the 1988 "gag-rule" which prohibited counselors at clinics that received federal funding from providing their patients with information about abortions.
Bill Clinton wins presidential election
Pro-abortion Democratic candidates Gov. Bill Clinton and Sen. Al Gore defeat pro-life President George Bush and Vice President Dan Quayle
Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances act makes it a federal crime to use force, the threat of force, or physical obstruction to prevent individuals from obtaining or providing reproductive health care services.
A federal ban on abortion procedures was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush. The National Abortion Federation fights the law and succeeds.
Mifepristone is approved by the FDA as an option in abortion care for very early pregnancies
1800 - 1890
Performing abortions was very risky during this time. Doctors didn't have much training and antiseptics were unknown.
Illegal abortions performed
1880 - 1973
Although abortions were criminalized, women still sought abortions from unsafe and unsanitary places. Estimated that as many as 1.2 million illegal abortions per year were performed.
National Right to Life Committee
The National Right to Life Committee is established.
For years after the Roe v Wade decision, strong opposers rebelled drastically. First, people began by picketing at clinics or harassing people as they entered. Then violence escalated into bombing clinics and murders.
March for Life
The first March for Life is held in Washington DC
The book Aborting America was released by Dr. Bernard Nathanson that exposes the lies abortion supporters in order to overturn regulations protecting unborn children.
The real "Jane Roe"
Norma McCorvey, the real name of the woman known as "Jane Roe" in the Roe v Wade case, admits that she is now pro-life and regrets her role in the case.
Former minister Paul Hill killed a doctor and bodyguard outside of a Florida clinic.
Nearly half of pregnancies among American women are unintended; about 4 in 10 of these are terminated by abortion. Twenty-two percent of all U.S. pregnancies end in abortion.
The 40th anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision was last month