Such advertisements were used as a way to alert the female population to abortaficient products being sold nearby without offending the "delicate sensibilities" of the Victorian era.
Women continued to be prosecuted for their reproductive choices until the landmark decision of Roe v. Wade, when the legal system issued a ruling that women’s right to privacy under the due process clause of the 14th amendment extended to their decision to have an abortion. The Roe decision was amended to allow abortions only up to the time in which the fetus became “viable” (able to live outside the womb with artificial aid). This usually corresponded to 28 weeks, but could occur at 24 weeks. The reaction of the public to this decision was clearly divided into political camps. Although the Roe decision has occasionally been threatened with being overturned (see Planned Parenthood v. Casey), the ruling has remained intact until the modern day. In the meantime, some states have enacted “trigger laws” that would take effect if Roe v. Wade were to be overturned, and would immediately outlaw the practice of abortion. These include Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, North Dakota, South Dakota, Mississippi, and Louisiana. On the other hand, states like California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, and Washington have already passed laws to maintain the legality of abortion should Roe v. Wade be overturned.