Jan 21, 2013 5:52 PM by Maddie Garrett

40 Years of Roe v. Wade: Still Stirs Controversy

Tuesday is the 40th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court case, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion. 40 years later, the ruling still stirs up controversy. On Monday, 200 or more people gathered in Colorado Springs for a march in protest of Roe v. Wade, abortion and Planned Parenthood.

Father Bill Carmody practically stood in the street as he prayed with the large group. As the Colorado Springs Diocese Protect Life Director, he led them in prayer over abortion.

"I want first and foremost for abortion to become unthinkable, not just illegal, unthinkable. Just like slavery now is unthinkable," he said was his goal for the protest.

Fr. Carmody said he believes 40 years of Roe v. Wade is significant, in the sense that it's time for change. He uses Biblical references to explain.

"Noah had 40 days, 40 nights of rain. Jesus had 40 days and 40 nights in the desert. 40 is a time of testing and a time of conversion. It's time for our nation to be converted, we've been in this abortion desert long enough," he said.

The group marched in silence from near the Planned Parenthood building on Centennial to their church across I-25. They wore yellow shirts, carried signs and crosses, some even put tape across their mouths. Fr. Carmody said it was all to show solidarity for their cause.

"It gives me a lot of hope that our nation is pro-life, regardless of what the law says, the majority of people are pro-life and would like abortion to end," said Carmody.

But Planned Parenthood doesn't see it that way. Monica Mcafferty, Director of Marketing and Communications for Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains, said most Americans still support Roe v. Wade.

"Today we still know that a majority of Americans support access to safe and legal abortion, and oppose efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade. That's true based on Gallop polls, Pew polls, no matter what poll you're looking at the vast majority of Americans want abortions to remain safe and legal," she countered.

She said 40 years later, it seems the issue of abortion has grown more complex. It also appears to have grown more divisive in some cases.

"Even if it's a decision they wouldn't make for themselves, most people, the vast majority of Americans realize they couldn't make that decision for someone else. They're not in that woman's shoes, they don't know what she's going through and it's not the place for government to make those decisions for a woman pertaining to her pregnancy," explained Mcafferty.

Here are some numbers pertaining to Planned Parenthood:

1 in 10 of Planned Parenthood's patients receive abortions.
Planned Parenthood performs about 1/4 of all abortions in the U.S.
90% of Planned Parenthood's services consist of preventative care, contraception and screenings.



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