5 things to know about the United States’ history of abortion

Earlier this week, a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion indicating that the high court would eliminate federal-level abortion protections rattled the country as a final ruling on the matter is expected within the next two months.


It is not clear if the opinion, written by Justice Samuel Alito purportedly in February and reported by Politico, will remain the final ruling in a Mississippi case that would effectively eliminate abortion access after 15 weeks of pregnancy.


But the issue has already started galvanizing Democrats and those who support abortion rights amid growing concerns that other states could soon enact stricter legislation of their own.