Every January, on the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision to legalize abortion, WORLD reviews pro-life progress and regress over the previous year.

 
Hope for the unchosen
2018 Roe v. Wade Issue

Hope for the unchosen

Issue: "Roe v. Wade 1973-2018," Jan. 20, 2018

Chances for life seem slim for thousands of tiny embryos frozen in storage or subjected to questionable tests meant to weed out ‘misfits.’ But some advocates and families are on a mission to rescue these unborn babies from an uncertain fate.

 
Bitter pills
2017 Roe v. Wade Issue

Bitter pills

Issue: "Roe v. Wade 1973-2017," Jan. 21, 2017

Increasingly popular but as risky as ever, chemical abortion raises new challenges for the pro-life movement.

 
A time for plain speaking
2016 Roe v. Wade Issue

A time for plain speaking

Issue: "Roe v. Wade 1973-2016," Jan. 23, 2016

Planned Parenthood benefits from a culture that disguises what the organization truly is and does.

 
Survival of the despised
2015 Roe v. Wade Issue

Survival of the despised

Issue: "2014 Roe v. Wade," Jan. 24, 2015

America at its best follows the philosophy of Emma Lazarus over that of Margaret Sanger.

 
<i>Roe</i> at 41
2014 Roe v. Wade Issue

Roe at 41

Issue: "The wonder of life," Jan. 25, 2014

Perfect ears, perfect God, fallen man.

 
40 years and millions of lives
2013 Roe v. Wade Issue

40 years and millions of lives

Issue: "Roe v. Wade turns 40," Jan. 26, 2013

Roe v. Wade continues its grim business, but pro-life activity is saving lives, too.

 
Full of Life
2012 Roe v. Wade Issue

Full of Life

Issue: "2012 Roe v. Wade Issue: Young and restless," Jan. 28, 2012

Revitalized by young activists and growing support, the pro-life movement faces new tensions.

 
Red zone defense
2011 Roe v. Wade Issue

Red zone defense

Issue: "Babies are back," Jan. 29, 2011

With our most-observed secular holiday, Super Bowl day, coming this year on Feb. 6, we're hearing a lot about what happens in "the red zone," the part of the football field that extends from the 20-yard line to the end zone. Meanwhile, abortion proponents are defending their own bloody red zone against a reinvigorated pro-life movement.

 
A pro-baby wave
2010 Roe v. Wade Issue

A pro-baby wave

Issue: "Pro-baby," Jan. 30, 2010

Optimistic signs point to a changing abortion debate.

 
Back to the present
2009 Roe v. Wade Issue

Back to the present

Issue: "Millions cut down," Jan. 17, 2009

Understanding abortion in the past will help us fight it today.

 
The plots thicken
2008 Roe v. Wade Issue

The plots thicken

Issue: "The plots thicken," Jan. 12, 2008

As Roe v. Wade turns 35, some in Hollywood are changing their minds about "choice," and it's showing up on the silver screen.

 
Just how pro are these pro-lifers?
2007 Roe v. Wade Issue

Just how pro are these pro-lifers?

Issue: "Hope or hype?," Jan. 20, 2007

The Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion turns 34 years old this month, just as seven pro-life Democrats join the new majority on Capitol Hill. Here's what the power shift could mean for the pre-born.

 
What women want
2006 Roe v. Wade Issue

What women want

Issue: "What women want," Jan. 21, 2006

For 33 years many American women have believed that what's legal must be OK, only to have their consciences, moments or decades later, tell them differently.

 
Delta force
2005 Roe v. Wade Issue

Delta force

Issue: "Abortion: Delta force," Jan. 22, 2005

Mississippi pro-life activists' success in fighting abortion shows not only can some battles be won at the state level, but it can be done with broad bipartisan support.

 
Lawmakers, lawbreakers
2004 Roe v. Wade Issue

Lawmakers, lawbreakers

Issue: "Roe v. Wade @ 31," Jan. 17, 2004

Even though churches have lost significant influence over society, they do at least retain authority over their own members. A look at churches that are considering the exercise of discipline over pro-abortion politicians.

 
30 years' war
2003 Roe v. Wade Issue

30 years' war

Issue: "30 years of destruction," Jan. 18, 2003

As Roe turns 30, are medical facts and a determined pro-life movement causing legalized abortion to show its age, or is it just becoming more entrenched? While others debate the question, abortion opponents quietly legislate, litigate, and demonstrate compassion.

 
Holding the line
2002 Roe v. Wade Issue

Holding the line

Issue: "Roe vs. Wade at 29," Jan. 19, 2002

Senate shifts, terrorist attacks, and biological warfare against the sanctity of human life leave the question: Whatever happened to the abortion issue?

 
Leaving limbo
2001 Roe v. Wade Issue

Leaving limbo

Issue: "Ashcroft: Under fire," Jan. 13, 2001

More kids exit foster care for permanent adoptive families, but pro-lifers hope for more.

 
Roe2000
2000 Roe v. Wade Issue

Roe2000

Issue: "Roe vs. Wade 2000," Jan. 22, 2000

Last week was one that pushed Christian and conservative journalists and pro-life leaders to remember biblical injunctions against envy.

 
Abortion: A right that's wrong
1999 Roe v. Wade Issue

Abortion: A right that's wrong

Issue: "38,000,000 Children Killed," Jan. 16, 1999

Even as the abortion culture sinks itself deeper into the fabric of American life, pro-lifers are preparing to mourn the 26th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision, several factors continue to chip away at its acceptability. Political challenges, cultural argument, and compassionate alternatives are slowly but surely helping to form the consensus that abortion is wrong. A look back at abortion in America since the last dark Roe anniversary.

 
One step forward
1998 Roe v. Wade Issue

One step forward

Issue: "Roe vs. Wade 25," Jan. 17, 1998

... and one step back: Pro-lifers still face challenges as new as was Roe vs. Wade in 1973.

 
Life worth living
1997 Roe v. Wade Issue

Life worth living

Issue: "Down Syndrome = Death Sentence?," Jan. 18, 1997

The January 22, 1973, Roe vs. Wade ruling has been a death sentence for 30 million-plus preborn infants in the United States. For 24 years babies have died for any reason and no reason. But in the 1990s, with the development of new genetic tests that can more safely and less expensively diagnose genetic disorders in utero, many young humans are at risk for one very specific reason: They have Down Syndrome.