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Anti-Abortion Activists Prepare to March

With the 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision being this Saturday, Missouri anti-abortion activists will be holding their own “March for Life” in Jefferson City. KSMU’s Justin Lux has the details.

The Roe v. Wade decision evokes powerful emotions for many. And for some, like Americans Asleep kNOw More founder Gregory Thompson, it’s just one more reminder of what’s at stake.

“There are so many people that hate abortion, that say, ‘Enough is enough. That’s got to stop. The killing of life has to stop.’ So we’re going to do what we can to honor and glorify the Lord and stop the killing of his children,” he says

Thompson’s organization, along with the anti-abortion group Voice for Life, have spear-headed Saturday’s march. Beginning at 10 a.m., the march will start at the Kirkpatrick building in Jefferson City and end at the capitol building where speakers will lead a rally.

For others like Paula Gianino, the president and CEO of Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, the day stands as a different reminder.

“We really use this anniversary every year to rededicate ourselves to working as hard as we can to ensure that every woman has the right to make her own personal and private decision and to ensure that women have access to the medical services that they need,” Gianino says.

Roe v. Wade was a 1973 Supreme Court decision that set a precedent for abortion to be viewed by the courts as a woman’s constitutional right.

For KSMU News, I’m Justin Lux.