Roe v. Wade

Prayers, marches and protests kicked off in Washington on Jan. 22 to mark the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, even as battles over the issue have largely shifted from the federal courts to statehouses.

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Jane Roe, left, a Texas cleaning woman whose pregnancy led to the 1973 landmark decision legalizing abortion, walks with her attorney Gloria Allred outside the Supreme Court Wednesday, April 27, 1989 in Washington. Roe, whose real name is Norma McCorvey, observed the high court as it heard arguments in Missouri case which could overturn the Roe vs. Wade decision. (AP Photo/J.Scott Applewhite)

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Norma McCorvey, at microphone, plaintiff in the 1973 landmark case that legalized abortion, addresses the media and a large group of anti-abortion supporters, Tuesday June 17, 2003, in downtown Dallas. Attorneys for the "Jane Roe" in the Dallas case that led the US Supreme Court to strike down laws banning abortion, filed a petition in federal court in Dallas seeking to reopen and set aside the ``Roe versus Wade'' decision. The motion asks a lower court to consider new evidence that abortion hurts women. Her attorney says since McCorvey was a party to the original litigation, she can petition the court to reopen the case. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 26, 1989 file photo, Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe in the 1973 court case, left, and her attorney Gloria Allred hold hands as they leave the Supreme Court building in Washington after sitting in while the court listened to arguments in a Missouri abortion case. Months later, the high court ultimately upheld the Missouri law in the case, Webster v. Reproductive Health Service, making it illegal to use public officials or facilities for abortions. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 21, 1996 file photo, Norma McCorvey, Jane Roe in the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, is embraced by The Rev. Robert L. Schenck of the National Clergy Council before she addresses a memorial service at Georgetown University in Washington. McCorvey, in town to join abortion opponents for their annual protest march, shocked abortion advocates in 1995 by announcing that she now opposes the procedure. (AP Photo/Cameron Craig, File)

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Abortion opponents march in front of the Supreme Court in Washington Monday Jan. 22, 1996 during their 23rd annual march against the court's decision to legalize abortion. The group used this year's protest to urge President Clinton to sign legislation limiting a woman's right to abortion. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)

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Patricia Ireland, President of National Organization for Women (NOW), third from right, demonstrates with other NOW participants in favor of the Roe vs. Wade decision during the candlelight vigil on the steps of the Supreme Court in Washington, Saturday Jan. 22, 2000. (AP Photo/Stephen Boitano)

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** --RETRANSMISSION FIXING SLUG TO READ DEMOCRATS ABORTION ** --Democratic presidential hopefuls take part in the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League reception and dinner, marking the 30th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision, at a hotel in Washington Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2003. From left: Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, Rep. Richard Gephardt, D-Mo., Sen. Joseph Leiberman, D-Conn, and Sen John Edwards, D-N.C. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Abortion opponents march down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington Monday Jan. 22, 1996 toward the Supreme Court to protest the court's 1973 decision to legalize abortion. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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Pro-choice supporters hold a candlelight vigil infront of the Supreme Court Building Sunday, Jan. 22, 2005 in Washington. It was 33-years ago today that the Supreme Court decision of Roe versus Wade made abortion legal. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Amy Applegate holds a sign during a rally by the Montgomery chapter of the National Organization for Women as they gather on the steps of the State Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., Monday, Jan. 22, 2007, to celebrate the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973 that legalized abortion. (AP Photo/Desiree Hunter)

FILE - In this Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012 file photo, people with the group "Bound 4 Life" pray for an end to abortions outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington on the 39th anniversary of the court's landmark Roe vs. Wade decision which legalized abortion. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Abortion opponents gather for a rally at the Kansas Statehouse, on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, in Topeka, Kan., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a series of tough, anti-abortion measures during his first two years in office. Much to the dismay of abortion-rights advocates, Kansas has been part of a wave in which states with Republican governors and GOP-controlled Legislatures enacted new restrictions on abortion providers. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Abortion opponents gather for a rally at the Kansas Statehouse, on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, in Topeka, Kan., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a series of tough, anti-abortion measures during his first two years in office. Much to the dismay of abortion-rights advocates, Kansas has been part of a wave in which states with Republican governors and GOP-controlled Legislatures enacted new restrictions on abortion providers. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Gov. Sam Brownback speaks during a pro-life rally on the steps of the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. His remarks came on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Brownback has signed a series of tough, anti-abortion measures during his first two years in office. Much to the dismay of abortion-rights advocates, Kansas has been part of a wave in which states with Republican governors and GOP-controlled Legislatures enacted new restrictions on abortion providers. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Gov. Sam Brownback speaks during a pro-life rally on the steps of the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. His remarks came on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Brownback has signed a series of tough, anti-abortion measures during his first two years in office. Much to the dismay of abortion-rights advocates, Kansas has been part of a wave in which states with Republican governors and GOP-controlled Legislatures enacted new restrictions on abortion providers. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

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Abortion opponents try to block Abortion rights advocates at a rally on the steps of the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a series of tough, anti-abortion measures during his first two years in office. Much to the dismay of abortion-rights advocates, Kansas has been part of a wave in which states with Republican governors and GOP-controlled Legislatures enacted new restrictions on abortion providers. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

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Abortion rights supporters stand outside the Jackson Women's Health Organization Inc., Mississippiís only commercial abortion clinic in Jackson, Miss., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. Activists pro-and anti-abortion marked 40 years since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling established a nationwide right to abortion, with protests at the Capitol and at the clinic. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Abortion opponents rally at the steps of the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a series of tough, anti-abortion measures during his first two years in office. Much to the dismay of abortion-rights advocates, Kansas has been part of a wave in which states with Republican governors and GOP-controlled Legislatures enacted new restrictions on abortion providers. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Abortion opponents rally at the steps of the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013. Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a series of tough, anti-abortion measures during his first two years in office. Much to the dismay of abortion-rights advocates, Kansas has been part of a wave in which states with Republican governors and GOP-controlled Legislatures enacted new restrictions on abortion providers. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

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