The Supreme Court decision in Webster v. Reproductive Health Services threatened, infuriated, and activated women throughout the
United States.’ Even before the decision was finally handed down, thousands rallied in Washington in the largest demonstration the capital had ever seen. Although opponents of Roe v. Wade hailed Webster as a tremendous victory and predicted an avalanche of restrictive abortion laws, the vast majority of legislative battles since Webster have been won
by the prochoice side. The abortion issue is credited with seating Virginia’s first elected African-American governor.
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