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Roe v. Wade anniversary

POSTED: Thursday, January 22, 2009 - 9:12pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 17, 2010 - 11:00am

On this date in 1973, the US Supreme Court issued its landmark "Roe versus Wade" abortion rights decision.

The high court used the trimester approach in legalizing abortions.

The ruling recognized abortion as a constitutional right, overturning individual state laws against abortion.

The case originated in Texas in 1970, when a pregnant woman under the pseudonym of Jane Roe headed a class-action lawsuit against the state's anti-abortion laws.

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