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Reproductive Health

Opponents and supporters of Planned Parenthood demonstrate Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Philadelphia. Anti-abortion activists are calling for an end to government funding for the nonprofit reproductive services organization.
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Abortion is still a contested issue, even though the medical procedure has been legal for more than 40 years. Since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion with the Roe v. Wade decision of 1973, state governments have enacted laws restricting abortion to the first trimester of pregnancy.

But the right to have an abortion is just one part of an overarching framework called reproductive justice. 

Mary Langley
Tasnim Shamma

Dariel Fowler is a rising sophomore at South Cobb High School. She says she sees a lot of girls at her school who are pregnant. 

“They drop out of school, they can’t take care of their kids or they [get] abortions,” she says. 

But not her. In 2010, Dariel was one of the 200 at-risk youth chosen to participate in a five-year afterschool teenage pregnancy prevention program. The program has centers in Monticello, Barnesville and Atlanta.