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Political history of Supreme Court abortion cases

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The latest Supreme Court case trying to overturn the constitutional right to an abortion follows decades of legal challenges aiming to allow individual states to more heavily regulate or even ban the procedure. The right to an abortion was first granted under the 1973 landmark decision Roe v. Wade. The conservative-leaning court at the time led by Justice Harry Blackmun delivered the opinion, a 7-2 majority, and said a woman's decision to have an abortion during the first three months of her pregnancy must be left to her and her doctor. Mark Sherman, a Supreme Court reporter for the Associated Press, said Roe v. Wade was the first time the Supreme Court spoke about abortion.

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