ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
January 22, 1973
The United States Supreme Court Delivers its
Decision in Roe v. Wade Making Abortion Legal
On this day in 1973, the United States Supreme Court delivered one of its most controversial decisions in
history overturning all state and federal laws restricting abortion.
Roe v. Wade holds that a mother may abort her pregnancy for any reason, up until the "point at which the fetus
becomes viable". National debate on this decision still continues.