Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decisions in Roe v. Wade, which struck down abortion laws in all states, and Doe v. Bolton, in which the court defined “health”, the protection of which was a condition for permitting an abortion. Although they were handed down on the same day, the Roe case is better known. I remember learning about the Doe case much later, during the late 1980′s. Here’s some information about Mary Doe and Doe v. Bolton. The number of abortions since the two cases were handed down is estimated to be around 54 million. In 2011 alone, Planned Parenthood performed over 300,000 abortions, while receiving a record amount of taxpayer funding.
Today, people on both sides of the issue held dueling protests in front of the Supreme Court building. Some pro-life leaders decided to place 3,300 flowers on its steps, one for each abortion that occurs daily in the U.S.