Forty years later the battle over Roe v Wade continues

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A group of Missourians load up and head out to join thousands for the March for Life in Washington D.C. on Friday.

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision from the Supreme Court.

More than 100 students and chaperones from Poplar Bluff, Oran, and Cape Girardeau are driving to Washington D.C.

They'll drive half way across the country to make it there in time for the march on Friday.

Virginia Sander is a teacher at St. Vincent School in Cape Girardeau. This is her 6th time taking the trip. She said even with the cold temps expected for the march, it's all worth it.

"I think it's a wonderful experience for the students, and from different comments students have made, I think it really opens their eyes to what happens during an abortion, and just with the value of human life," said Sander.

Donna Anderson is going on the trip for the 10th time. She said they all keep going because there are still abortions.

"Abortion continues, so we have to continue to stand there and speak for them, fight for their lives so they can have a chance just as you and I have a chance," said Anderson. "You have to stand up for the unborn, they are the voiceless, and we are their voice."

Bobby Dean has gone on the trip many times since the early 1990s. He said it's a great way to realize there are other people that feel the same way as him.

"It takes on a whole new meaning when you do something of this nature and you also know you're not alone, cause one of the things about being in the middle of the march, is this people keep coming, and coming and coming and coming," said Dean. "You have a right to be born, you have a right to be born."

The group plans to return Saturday.

Pamela Sumners, the Executive Director of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri based in St. Louis, said they want women to have choices; whether that's having a child, getting an abortion, or giving a child up for adoption.

"If you can't control your reproductive choices, you really can't control your destiny," said Sumners.

This week, Sumners and other pro-choice supporters celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. With a choice, she said women are fuller citizens, join the workforce, and better provide for their families.

"The pro-choice movement is all about letting individuals decide for themselves within reasonable limits, which Roe v Wade provides us, and not about trying to get the government to control its citizens by creeping into their prayer closets or their water closets or their bedrooms," said Sumners.

According to Sumners, 61 percent of women in the U.S. who have an abortion are already mothers.

"Abortion, at least surgical abortion is an invasive procedure, and no one likes an invasive procedure, women arrive at the decision to terminate a pregnancy after a whole lot of thought, it's not impulsive, it's not a means of birth control," said Sumners.

She said the group works to lower abortion rates in the country through sex education and birth control.

"All those are choices, and they're choices that should be made by women and their families, and not by politicians, because politicians, once they get power, are very reluctant to give it up, and they also make not such great doctors," said Sumners.

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