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Activists Remember Roe v. Wade at 50th Anniversary: Thousands Attend Marches

Demonstrators take part in the annual National Women's March in New York on January 22, 2023, marking the 50th anniversary of the 1973 US Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision. - The Court on June 24, 2022, struck down the Roe v. Wade decision which legalized abortion, ending five decades of constitutional protections. (Photo by Andrea RENAULT / AFP) (Photo by ANDREA RENAULT/AFP via Getty Images)

Women’s March held an estimated 200 events across the country with a marquee March in Wisconsin. Planned Parenthood hosted a week of actions, which included rallies, seminars and trainings on reduction of stigma around abortion.

“This fight is bigger than Roe. They thought that we would stay home and that this would end with Roe —they were wrong,” Women March tweeted.

Sunday marked the 50th anniversary of the now overturned landmark Faith vs Roe decision which allowed women reproductive rights over their bodies.

In a landmark decision in Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court conferred on women in the country the right to choose an abortion. The decision struck down many state and federal abortion laws. The ground-breaking decision launched a never-ending debate about the morality of the choose to have an abortion.

“Jane Roe,” legal pseudonym for Norma McCorvey, who upon getting pregnant with her third child wanted an abortion, but her native Texans law prohibited her from exercising that right. Roe filed and won a lawsuit from the District Court for the Northern District of Texas against her District Attorney Henry Wade. Wade’s appeal was turned by the Supreme Court by 7-2 in what is regarded as one of the most controversial and divisive decisions in U.S history.

However, in June 2022, the Supreme Court overruled Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization on ground that the right of abortion was not “deeply rooted in the Nation’s history or tradition.”

Since the overturn of Roe v. Wade, a dozen Republican-governed states have imposed sweeping bans on abortion.

“This fight is bigger than Roe. They thought that we would stay home and that this would end with Roe —they were wrong.”

– Women March

According to women rights’ activists overruling of Roe v. Wade has inflicted untold harm on women’s wellbeing and dignity, and the struggle for abortion and reproductive rights for women will continue.

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Written by Aliyah Collins