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Issue: "What women want," Jan. 21, 2006

They might see it as even more so now. Since 1973, more than 20 million American women have arrived not as infant girls who would grow to enjoy hard-won freedoms, but as medical waste. Today's pro-abortion feminists, though, seem willfully blind to that fact and to their own ties with foremothers who, as feminist pioneer Alice Paul said, saw abortion as "the ultimate exploitation of women."

Meanwhile, as pro-abortion activists have for the past 34 years, they're trying to brand Judge Samuel Alito as the ultimate exploiter of women. But the work of pro-life women, reflecting mainstream views, has helped to solidify a Republican Senate majority that makes an Alito confirmation likely.

"Ten years ago, it was just a pipe dream to think we would have any opening [on the high court] at all to be able to restrict abortion," Ms. Dannenfelser said. "We're clearly closer today."

-with reporting by Jamie Dean in Washington, D.C.

Aborted justice: Roe v. Wade timeline

1968: Birthright International, the first international crisis pregnancy service, is founded in Canada.

Jan. 22, 1973: Roe v. Wade legalizes abortion on demand. Doe v. Bolton rules the "health of the mother" includes emotional, psychological, and familial factors as well as age. Doe also strikes down the requirement that abortions be performed only in hospitals, giving rise to the abortion clinic.

1975: Care Net is founded.

July 1, 1976: Planned Parenthood of Central Missouri v. Danforth strikes state law requiring parents of minors or spouses to consent to the abortion.

July 2, 1979: Bellotti v. Baird leaves room for states to require that unmarried minors obtain parental consent for abortion.

June 30, 1980: Harris v. McRae rules the federal government and states do not have to pay for medically necessary abortions sought by women on welfare.

1981: In HL v. Matheson, the court finds constitutional a state law requiring doctors to try to notify parents before performing an abortion.

June 15, 1983: In three decisions including City of Akron v. Akron Center for Reproductive Health, the court strikes down 24-hour waiting periods and rules that abortions after the first trimester do not have to be performed in hospitals.

1984: The Silent Scream video debuts, portraying the abortion of a 12-week-old fetus.

June 11, 1986: Thornburgh v. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists strikes down Pennsylvania regulations requiring doctors to inform women seeking abortions about potential risks. It also invalidates a regulation requiring abortionists to record every abortion they perform.

October 1988: RU-486 becomes available in France.

June 1989: The FDA bans importation of RU-486 for personal use.

1989: The world's first 3-D commercial ultrasound system is introduced at the French Radiology Congress in Paris.

July 3, 1989: Webster v. Reproductive Health Services gives states greater latitude in regulating abortion.

June 25, 1990: Hodgson v. Minnesota and Ohio v. Akron Center for Reproductive Health uphold state laws requiring minors to notify a parent before an abortion, but allow girls the alternative of getting approval from a judge instead.

1991: Rust v. Sullivan upholds a gag rule on federally funded clinics giving abortion advice.

June 29, 1992: Planned Parenthood v. Casey upholds Roe v. Wade, banning states from outlawing most abortions but allowing restrictions that do not pose an "undue burden."

Jan. 22, 1993: President Bill Clinton signs five executive orders allowing fetal tissue research and harvesting, RU-486 research, abortion counseling in federally funded family planning clinics, and abortion services in U.S. military hospitals overseas.

March 10, 1993: Michael Griffin shoots Dr. David Gunn outside the Pensacola Women's Medical Center, the first U.S. doctor killed during an anti-abortion demonstration.

Jan. 24, 1994: The court rules protesters who block access to abortion clinics or try to stop women from having abortions may be sued under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act.

May 1994: President Clinton signs the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act, which makes it illegal for a protester to obstruct, injure, or intimidate abortionists or patients.

Dec. 30, 1994: John Salvi kills two receptionists and wounds five at two Boston abortion clinics. In 1996 Salvi kills himself in prison.

July 22, 1995: Norma McCorvey, "Jane Roe," becomes a born-again Christian and begins speaking against abortion.

December 1995: The 104th Congress passes HR 1833 outlawing partial-birth abortion.

April 1996: President Clinton vetoes HR 1833 because the legislation doesn't include provisions for the "health of the mother."

Jan. 16, 1997: Two bombs explode at an Atlanta building containing an abortion clinic, injuring six.

1998: 4-D ultrasound technology is invented.

1998: NOW v. Scheidler finds pro-life activist Joseph Scheidler and co-defendants liable for racketeering under the RICO act. The Supreme Court ultimately reverses the judgment, but it remains in litigation.

January 1998: A bomb explodes at a Birmingham abortion clinic, killing off-duty police officer Robert Sanderson and severely injuring nurse Emily Lyons.

June 28, 2000: Stenberg v. Carhart strikes down Nebraska's partial-birth abortion ban.

Sept. 28, 2000: The FDA approves RU-486.

Sept. 3, 2003: Former pastor Paul Hill executed for 1994 murders of abortionist John Bayard Britton and his bodyguard, James Herman Barrett.

Nov. 5, 2003: George W. Bush signs the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

Sept. 8, 2004: A federal judge in Nebraska rules the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act unconstitutional.

July & August 2005: In separate court appearances, Eric Rudolph is sentenced to multiple life terms for the abortion clinic bombings in Atlanta and Birmingham.

-compiled by Kristin Chapman

Sources: CBS News, Reuters, History of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Los Angeles Times, Associated Press, NPR, CNN, Center for Reproductive Rights

Lynn Vincent
Lynn Vincent

Lynn is a senior writer for WORLD Magazine and the best-selling author of 10 non-fiction books.


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