Pro-Choice Movement

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Georgia demonstrators outside a meeting of the "moral majority," Omni Coliseum, Atlanta, Georgia, October 11, 1980. Among issues being supported by demonstrators are Gay Rights and Women's Right to Choose.

The pro-choice movement, also called the abortion rights movement, is a social and political movement espousing the viewpoint that women should have the legal right to terminate pregnancies through elective abortion.  The landmark United States Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade in 1973 struck down most state laws restricting abortion, thus decriminalizing and legalizing abortion (until “viability”) in various states.  The movement includes many activists and a variety of supporting organizations.