1967 April 25

Colorado Passes First Abortion-Reform Law


The movement to legalize abortion began in the mid-1960s. Colorado on this day became the first state to liberalize its law, permitting abortion in the case of rape, incest, or other specified conditions. Governor Ronald Reagan signed an abortion reform law in California on June 15, 1967. New York passed an even more liberal abortion reform law, which went into effect on July 1, 1970.

The state-by-state liberalization of existing criminal abortion laws was finally cut short by the Supreme Court’s decision, on January 22, 1973, establishing a constitutional right to abortion.

Learn more at an abortion reform timeline: http://www.abortioncarenetwork.org/term-papers/chronology-of-abortion-in-us

Read: David Garrow, Liberty and Sexuality: The Right to Privacy and the Making of Roe v. Wade (1998)

Watch a video of a 2004 pro-choice march: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAy_xrDUFzY

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