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The 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade will take place January 22nd. The case was decided on January 22, 1973. Since that time, individual states have added or removed a number of related restrictions. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 92 new state laws were passed in 2011 alone. In one of the more monumental moves, all Planned Parenthood Clinics in Texas were defunded.
While many people thought the case was settled once and for all by Roe v. Wade, the issue remains a matter of public and legal debate. Three days after the 40th anniversary, the March for Life will take place on January 25th at the National Mall in Washington, DC.
While Pro-Choice supporters prefer the Pro-lifers would just go away, the stark realities of abortion and its related statistics only increase the resolve of those who are pro-life. Over 55 million abortions have taken place since Roe v. Wade.
Rather than bring an end to the abortion debate, Roe v. Wade served to propel the pro-life movement into the national forefront.