According to the Guttmacher Institute, it’s estimated that from 1950 to 1960, the number of illegal abortions was between 200,000 and 1.2 million in the United States. The culture promoting marriage and family values stigmatized single mothers; many families ostracized them. The desperation of some pregnant women led them to the doors of motel rooms, where they would risk their lives to get an abortion.
On June 24th, 2022, the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization that overruled Roe v. Wade and eliminates the federal constitutional right to abortion. This decision leaves laws related to abortion access up to individual states. The immediate impact has been a ban of abortion in several states with more bans and restrictions likely to come.