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Roe v. Wade still stirs up controversy 40 years later

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Church bells tolled across the midstate Tuesday afternoon, marking the 40-year anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.

One hundred Catholic churches participated in the bell ringing as a sign of mourning.

"Roe v. Wade is a monumental immoral decision," said Father Paul Schenck, Director Respect Life. "It led to untold human suffering and premature deaths of millions of American citizens. If anyone else did what an abortionist does, it would be considered homicide. Does it make it more moral because consent was given? I don't think so."

Pro-Choice advocates continue to support the Supreme Court decision they say gave women the right to make decisions about their own bodies.

"Planned Parenthood continues to advocate for extensive family planning services and access to safe legal abortion for women and their families," said Sari Stevens, Planned Parenthood PA Advocates.

Some states, like Alabama and South Dakota, have added more restrictions to abortions and have tried pass bans on abortion. Pro-Choice advocates are concerned other states may follow suit.

"Pennsylvania has not been immune to attacks on women's reproductive health," said Stevens. "Last legislative session we had a record number of bills that were aimed at targeting Planned Parenthood and women's reproductive rights. I am hopeful that the 2012 elections will send a message to lawmakers that it is not only illegal but not popular to target women's healthcare."

The Catholic Church continues to argue life is the best option.

"What we need to do is provide women with the resources and support they need so they can choose life for their child," said Father Schenck.

Both Pro-Choice and pro-life supporters will march in Washington, D.C. on Friday to mark the anniversary of Roe v. Wade.

March for Life estimates 55 million abortions have been performed in the last 40 years.

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