40 Years Later, Debate Over Abortion Still Going Strong 1/23/13
CBS 7 News Reporter
January 23, 2013
Midland - Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion. And 40 years later, the debate is still going strong.
Church leaders are calling Roe vs. Wade the deadliest decisions our government has ever made and has been hotly debated for 40 years.
It seemed more like a funeral than a protest. People were walking quietly in prayer but their message is clear.
"Sadly abortion is still with us. The tragedy is 55 million or more who have been aborted. At the same time we trust in god and his mercy," Bishop Michael Pfeifer said.
Bishop Pfeifer, Bishop of the Diocese of San Angelo says he thinks 40 years of marches are starting to get the attention of lawmakers
"More laws and policies to restrict access to abortion and that's very encouraging," he said.
Carla Holeva, CEO of Planned Parenthood does not agree She says the changes to services at their clinic has ultimately hurt their patients.
"Texas leads the nation in cervical cancer, yet we're looking at ways to restrict women from life saving services," she said.
She says when it comes to abortion it's no ones business but a woman’s.
"Ultimately it is her decision and it's a personal and private matter," she said.
Holeva says they will keep doing what they can to offer their services, but the protestors keep marching until they get the answer they want.
Bishop Pfeifer will head to Washington D.C. for a much larger ProLife march tomorrow. He says they expect 200,000 marchers.