Decades-long effort by abortion opponents led court to edge of Roe v. Wade revision.

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At the time Roe was decided in 1973, abortion was far from a partisan issue. As California’s governor, Reagan had signed a 1967 law permitting abortion, and Sen. Thomas Eagleton (D-Mo.), the first vice-presidential nominee on the Democrat’s 1972 ticket, was known as a prominent abortion opponent. Even President Biden, as a U.S. senator from Delaware, voted in 1982 for a constitutional amendment to let states outlaw abortion.

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