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Roe v. Wade struck down: Ruling had secure abortion across the US 50 years ago

Since the US Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision legalized abortion nationwide in 1973, the issue has become one of the defining fault lines in US politics, with Democratic politicians firmly supporting abortion rights and Republican lawmakers lining up in opposition. Abortion on demand was legal in four states in the early 1970s, while 14 more allowed it under some circumstances.

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