ABORTION IN THE U.S.
Abortion was legalized nationwide on Jan. 22, 1973, by the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton decisions. As a result, the annual number of abortions increased dramatically, peaking at 1.6 million in 1990 before gradually declining over the past 25 years. An estimated 926,200 abortions occurred in the United States in 2014, according to the Guttmacher Institute's latest survey. The vast majority are performed for socioeconomic reasons.