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24 June 1803
First English Act Outlawing All Attempted Abortions Passed

First English Act Outlawing All Attempted Abortions Passed

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6 August 1861

Offenses Against Person Act Criminalizes Abortion in Britain

12 November 1908
Birth of Harry Blackmun, Future Supreme Court Justice

Birth of Harry Blackmun, Future Supreme Court Justice

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28 January 1935

Iceland First to Legalize Abortion

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26 October 1936
Himmler Sets Up Reich Central Office for Combating Abortion and Homosexuality

Himmler Sets Up Reich Central Office for Combating Abortion and Homosexuality

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1 June 1942
Skinner v. Oklahoma: Supreme Court Nullifies Law for Sterilizing Habitual Criminals

Skinner v. Oklahoma: Supreme Court Nullifies Law for Sterilizing Habitual Criminals

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25 April 1967
Colorado Governor John Love Signs First Liberalized Abortion Law

Colorado Governor John Love Signs First Liberalized Abortion Law

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27 October 1967

Abortion Act of 1967 Legalizes Abortion in England

11 March 1970
Hawaii Gets Most Permissive Abortion Law in America

Hawaii Gets Most Permissive Abortion Law in America

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18 March 1970
New York State Senate Allows Abortion Without Restrictions

New York State Senate Allows Abortion Without Restrictions

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11 April 1970
New York Governor Rockefeller Signs Bill Repealing 1830 Ban on Abortion

New York Governor Rockefeller Signs Bill Repealing 1830 Ban on Abortion

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8 January 1971
Nixon Signs Repeal of DC Anti-Abortion Law

Nixon Signs Repeal of DC Anti-Abortion Law

26 February 1971
Mildredhuis: First Abortion Provider Opens in Netherlands

Mildredhuis: First Abortion Provider Opens in Netherlands

21 April 1971
U.S. v. Vuitch: Court Rules Abortion to Save Woman's Life is Constitutional

U.S. v. Vuitch: Court Rules Abortion to Save Woman's Life is Constitutional

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13 December 1971
Roe v. Wade: Supreme Court Rules Women Have Basic Right to Abortion

Roe v. Wade: Supreme Court Rules Women Have Basic Right to Abortion

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0 January 1972

Gallup Polls Find Pro-Choice Majority in America

7 February 1972

American Bar Association Adopts Resolution on Abortion

24 August 1972
Gallup Poll Shows Increased Support for Legal, Private Abortion Rights

Gallup Poll Shows Increased Support for Legal, Private Abortion Rights

7 November 1972

Vote to Repeal Anti-Abortion Laws in Michigan and North Dakota is Defeated by Large Margins

23 November 1972
Cardinal Patrick O'Boyle Wants Georgetown to Censor Student Published Pamphlet on Sex

Cardinal Patrick O'Boyle Wants Georgetown to Censor Student Published Pamphlet on Sex

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30 November 1972
Pennsylvania Governor Milton Shapp Vetoes Strict Anti-Abortion Bill

Pennsylvania Governor Milton Shapp Vetoes Strict Anti-Abortion Bill

22 January 1973
Roe v. Wade: Supreme Court Establishes Abortion Rights

Roe v. Wade: Supreme Court Establishes Abortion Rights

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13 February 1973

National Council of U.S. Catholic Bishops Passes Judgment on Abortion

20 November 1975
U.S. Catholic Bishops Issue Plan to Elect Politicians and Judges to Reverse Abortion Rights

U.S. Catholic Bishops Issue Plan to Elect Politicians and Judges to Reverse Abortion Rights

1 July 1976
Planned Parenthood v. Danforth: Law Requiring Spousal Consent for Abortions is Struck Down

Planned Parenthood v. Danforth: Law Requiring Spousal Consent for Abortions is Struck Down

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22 September 1976

Episcopal Church Oppses Legal Restrictions on Getting an Abortion

9 January 1979
Colautti v. Franklin: Supreme Court Rules on Abortion Restriction

Colautti v. Franklin: Supreme Court Rules on Abortion Restriction

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2 July 1979
Bellotti v. Baird: Court Overturns Law Requiring Parental Consent for Abortion

Bellotti v. Baird: Court Overturns Law Requiring Parental Consent for Abortion

17 October 1979
Nobel Peace Prize is Awarded to Mother Teresa

Nobel Peace Prize is Awarded to Mother Teresa

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30 June 1980
Harris v. McRae: Court Upholds Hyde Amendment Banning Medicaid Funds for Abortions

Harris v. McRae: Court Upholds Hyde Amendment Banning Medicaid Funds for Abortions

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24 December 1980
Judge James Leon Holmes: Rape Almost Never Results in Pregnancy

Judge James Leon Holmes: Rape Almost Never Results in Pregnancy

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23 March 1981
H. L. v. Matheson: Supreme Court Upholds Parental Notifications for Teens Seeking Abortions

H. L. v. Matheson: Supreme Court Upholds Parental Notifications for Teens Seeking Abortions

23 May 1981
H.L. v. Matheson: Court Upholds Parental Notification Law for Abortions

H.L. v. Matheson: Court Upholds Parental Notification Law for Abortions

0 1982
Judge James Leon Holmes: Legal Abortion Makes America like Nazi Germany

Judge James Leon Holmes: Legal Abortion Makes America like Nazi Germany

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15 June 1983
Akron v. Akron Health Center: Court Strikes Down Law Designed to Make Abortion Harder

Akron v. Akron Health Center: Court Strikes Down Law Designed to Make Abortion Harder

11 June 1986
Supreme Court Strikes Down Laws Designed to Make Abortions Harder to Get

Supreme Court Strikes Down Laws Designed to Make Abortions Harder to Get

10 March 1987
Vatican Issues Declaration Against Scientific Involvement in Human Reproduction

Vatican Issues Declaration Against Scientific Involvement in Human Reproduction

8 January 1988

Canadian Supreme Court Rules on Abortion Law

28 January 1988

Canadian Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Law

1 March 1988
Rep. Stephen Freind: Raped Women Don't Get Pregnant, So Don't Need Exceptions from Abortion Bans

Rep. Stephen Freind: Raped Women Don't Get Pregnant, So Don't Need Exceptions from Abortion Bans

2 July 1988
Pope John Paul II Condemns Consecration of Four Bishops by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre

Pope John Paul II Condemns Consecration of Four Bishops by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre

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3 July 1989
Webster v. Reproductive Health: Court Upholds Law Barring Public Resources Used for Abortions

Webster v. Reproductive Health: Court Upholds Law Barring Public Resources Used for Abortions

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24 January 1990

Bishop Vaughn Says Governor Cuomo Going to Hell

23 May 1991
Rust v. Sullivan: Court Upholds Regulations Stopping Counseling & Abortion Referral

Rust v. Sullivan: Court Upholds Regulations Stopping Counseling & Abortion Referral

3 April 1992
Cardinal John O'Connor Decries Criticism of Catholic Church Abortion Policies

Cardinal John O'Connor Decries Criticism of Catholic Church Abortion Policies

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9 April 1992
Cardinal John O'Connor Argues Against Catholics Questioning the Church

Cardinal John O'Connor Argues Against Catholics Questioning the Church

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29 June 1992
Planned Parenthood v. Casey: Court Upholds Law Restricting Access to Abortions

Planned Parenthood v. Casey: Court Upholds Law Restricting Access to Abortions

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10 March 1993
Abortion Provider Dr. David Gunn Murdered by Anti-Abortion Activist Michael Griffin

Abortion Provider Dr. David Gunn Murdered by Anti-Abortion Activist Michael Griffin

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8 December 1993
Rev. Paul Hill Appears on ABC's 'Nightline' With Ted Koppel, Defends Killing Abortion Doctors

Rev. Paul Hill Appears on ABC's 'Nightline' With Ted Koppel, Defends Killing Abortion Doctors

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3 February 1994
Mother Teresa Denounces Abortion at National Prayer Breakfast

Mother Teresa Denounces Abortion at National Prayer Breakfast

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