Over the last forty years, abortion has frequently taken center stage in American politics and abortion is at the margin of politics in most other “rich” countries, including Britain and Canada.
During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Britain, Canada, and the United States all enacted reforms that made abortions more available.
In the United States, a few state legislatures passed modest reforms and then, in 1973, nine Justices of the Supreme Court, appointed for life, issued a sweeping ruling that surprised even the lawyers arguing for expanded abortion rights. Outpacing public opinion, the U.S. Justices defined abortion as a privacy right and opened the door wide to abortions at the request of the pregnant woman.
These are basic facts, no implications to the untrained eye; but it is interesting to note that Abortion became a political hotbed immediately following the civil rights movement. And as some of us know, the language of racism is very cryptic in American Politics; i.e. replace “rich” in the first paragraph with “white.”
Following these proceedings, Planned Parenthood clinics sprang up nationally in the poorest neighborhoods of urban cities.