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- In the United Kingdom, the Abortion Act was passed in 1967. In Canada, abortion was legalized in 1969; in the United States, Roe versus Wade was 1973; Denmark legalized abortion in 1973, Austria in 1974, and France in 1975. This sampling could be extended (Italy, 1978; the Netherlands, 1980), but the point here is that Western countries shifted from criminalizing abortion in the early twentieth century to legalizing it and providing safe access. Through the nineteen eighties and beyond, restrictions continued to lessen with the recognition of a woman’s right to choose. The legalization of abortion (or in some cases simply removing abortion from a criminal code and having no law about it) stirred the anti-abortion movement. It is interesting to note that abortion laws were differently reasoned in the nineteenth century. For example, in nineteenth-century England, a woman could have an abortion up until the time movement in the womb was detected. ↩
- Missouri ceased funding Planned Parenthood in 2016. The 2020 budget for Alabama presently lacks the 35 million needed for the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program directed at low income families. In 2018, the National Center for Children in Poverty reported that 49% of children in Alabama lived in poverty. After a Trump crackdown in 2018, The Hill (thehill.com) reported that Georgia had removed approximately 8,000 people a month, from April to October, from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). ↩