ST. LOUIS–(KMOX)–In a cold snow protestors marked the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion with a vigil on the sidewalks outside Planned Parenthood.
“I am out here probably three or four times a year, so I’m not a true regular,” said protestor Mark Bowman, “The people who come out here week in and week out, those ladies who try to reach out to those women that have unplanned pregnancies, they are the true heroes of this movement.”
Bowman and his fellow protestors hope eventually the Supreme Court will reverse the Roe vs. Wade decision.
“I would hope so, that once again our nation would stand for life, for righteousness, in a legal perspective,” Bowman said, “We all know that laws don’t change hearts. That takes a move of God.”
Planned Parenthood President and CEO Paula Giannino says the historic decision affirming abortion rights is one that a majority of the American public supports.
“An overwhelming majority of Americans do not want to see Roe vs. Wade overturned ,” Giannino said.
Her group’s primary legislative goal this year is to support the proposed expansion of Medicaid in Missouri, which she says will expand preventative care among the poor and possibly prevent unwanted pregnancies.
“I think that Roe vs. Wade will never be overturned, but unfortunately, I think groups and individuals will continue to protest,” Giannino said. “This is one of the biggest, most controversial subjects of our lifetime.”
Outside, as they walk the sidewalks outside the Planned Parenthood gates, the protestors continue to hope for a change in public sentiment on abortion.
“I think the President when he gave his remarks after the horror in Newtown about protecting children, I would hope that our President sees that Newtown is happening every day,” Bowman said.