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In U.S. Supreme Court case, the past could be the future on abortion

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By Lawrence Hurley OXFORD, Miss. (Reuters) – Just months before she was set to start law school in the summer of 1973, Barbara Phillips was shocked to learn she was pregnant. Then 24, she wanted an abortion. The U.S. Supreme Court had legalized abortion nationwide months earlier with its landmark Roe v. Wade ruling recognizing a woman’s constitutional right to terminate a pregnancy. But abortions were not legally available at the time in Mississippi, where she lived in the small town of Port Gibson. Phillips, a Black woman enmeshed in the civil rights movement, could feel her dream of becoming…

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