– UPDATED: Should Abortion Be Legal? – Since the US Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, an average of 1.4 million legal abortions have been performed each year in the United States. Proponents of legal abortion contend that choosing abortion is a woman’s right which should not be limited by governmental or religious authority. Opponents contend that personhood begins at conception, and therefore an abortion is the murder of a human being. Explore our new top pro and con arguments, “Did You Know?” facts, and updated background section on whether or not abortion should be legal.