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Mourning and Celebration part of March for Life

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The group gathered on the steps of Louisville Metro Hall

Forty-four years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued the Roe v Wade decision that set the nation's policy to legalize abortion throughout the United States.

Weddington pointed out that support for reproductive rights was stronger in the 1960s and 1970s among Republicans as well as Democrats.

"There were a lot of Republicans for choice, a number of Republican members of the state legislatures and Congress who were pro-choice".

"I just want to make sure everybody's voice is heard, and that people realize and that it's not really about babies - it's about women's health care and women's rights." said Katie Fleming, a pro-choice marcher. "I can't name those Republicans today". On Friday, a man who not only vowed to nominate a Supreme Court justice that was committed to overturning Roe v. Wade but who also once said women should be punished for having abortions was sworn in as president. "But it's also about the right to privacy for women".

"We protest the legalization of abortion because we know abortion is an injustice to women and an injustice to the pre-born", said Abigail Eschelbach, Allen County Right to Life Operations and Media Director.

Those at the rally said it's important to reach and care for women
Those at the rally said it's important to reach and care for women

Update, 1/22/17 at 11:20 PM: This article has been edited to reflect that Roe V. Wade marked it's 44th anniversary on Sunday, not the 144th anniversary.

"There will be different stories from state to state; different concerns and different focuses", she wrote.

"Today we stand together to mourn the loss of almost 60 million babies since Roe v. Wade was first decided in 1973", said Jeff Laszloffy, president of the Montana Family Foundation. Since 1973 there have been 40 million to 50 million babies killed by abortion.

The authors of the new report attributed the latest decline to two main factors: the increased availability of contraceptives, which have led to less unintended pregnancies, and the increase in abortion restrictions in some USA states.

The Supreme Court's loose interpretation of the Due Process Clause - which states that the government can not "deprive any person of life, liberty or property without due process of the law" - gave the definition of the clause a new meaning, effectively preventing the state from interfering in women's decisions regarding their maternal health. Even if Roe v Wade is not overturned, many state laws potentially violate the federal law. Representatives of Planned Parenthood vowed to fight the bill as it moves forward this session.

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