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Why The Supreme Court Almost Overturned Roe v. Wade in 1992 — But Didn’t

In 1992, a conservative-leaning Supreme Court almost overturned Roe v. Wade. But at the last minute, they had a change of heart. This year, another conservative-leaning court will decide whether to overturn the landmark ruling that made abortion a constitutional right. In this episode of “Reigning Supreme,” senior legal reporter Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux uncovers how abortion rights have managed to survive nearly 50 years with an increasingly conservative court — and why this year may be different.

Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux is a senior editor and senior reporter for FiveThirtyEight.

Michael Tabb is a former video and motion graphics producer at FiveThirtyEight.

Nash Consing is FiveThirtyEight’s video production assistant.


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