Where US abortion laws stand 45 years after Roe v. Wade

Today marks the 45th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case.

— -- Access to abortions, which the Supreme Court legalized 45 years ago today, is still being fought over, with advocates from either side of the issue arguing for their cause.

Since then, however, numerous laws have been enacted at the state level restricting some access to abortions.

"Roe is still the law of the land but because anti-choice politicians have enacted hundreds of laws that restrict access to abortion, the right to get an abortion isn’t a reality for many women," said Jen Dalven, the director of the American Civil Liberty Union's Reproductive Freedom Project.

And there are more battles to come, including a ballot initiative that will be included in the November 2018 ballot in Alabama where voters are asked to decide whether or not to amend the state's constitution to support "the sanctity of unborn life and the rights of unborn children" and to not protect the right to abortion or require funding of abortions.

The Guttmacher Institute states there were 401 state-level abortion restrictions enacted from 2011 through 2017.

Danielle Wells, a Planned Parenthood for America spokesperson, said that their group was optimistic because of the grassroots activity they have seen in the past year, citing the turnout at both the 2017 and this year’s Women’s March.

She said that recent years have brought an “onslaught of attacks on people’s rights and freedoms, and at the same time we've seen a historic groundswell of support for people's health and rights and Planned Parenthood and at every turn we've seen the resistance growing stronger.”

Of Planned Parenthood's current roster of about 11 million supporters, Wells said that 1.5 million of those joined within the last year.

"That energy has translated into tangible gains and policies at the state level," Wells told ABC News.

"In terms of public policy in defense of the unborn, he's been quite good and we have every expectation that he will continue to be so," Mancini said.

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