POSTED: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 7:40pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 8:36pm
Tyler, Tx (KETK) — Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's decision to legalize abortions.
In a 7-2 vote in the highest lawmaking body in the country, the Supreme Court voted on laws prohibiting abortion, claiming they violated a woman's right to privacy.
This decision, sparked a nationwide controversy about women's rights and it's still a hot topic today.
Right now, the Catholic church prohibits ending a life.
The church has declared Tuesday, Jan. 22, as a day of prayer for the sanctity of life and the end of abortion.
The church has also asked all Catholics to fast on this day and pray.
"It's an intrinsic evil, therefore abortion can never be justified in any place in any circumstance for any reason," said Fr. Anthony McLaughlin, Rector at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
According to the National Right to Life website, there have been more than 48-million abortions since 1973.
"We've had more babies killed than the people killed in the first World War and the second World War combined. I mean that is a horrifying statistic," said Fr. McLaughlin.
But others stand with the Supreme Court's decision and believe women have the right to abort a pregnancy.
"I think it still should be left up to the women. I don't think Congress or anyone else has a right to dictate to a woman what to do with her body," said pro-choice advocate Karen Miner.
The folks over at Planned Parenthood tell KETK, a majority of Americans support the right to safe and legal abortion and are against efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade.
One study suggests, 64% of American voters agree with the Roe v. Wade ruling up from 60% in 2010.
"Planned Parenthood recognizes the need for continued access to legal abortions for if and when she needs to consider that. In fact a majority of Americans support and respect the decision each women makes about her own pregnancy and opposes efforts to overturn Roe v. Wade," said Danielle Wells, Asst. Director of Media Relations for Planned Parenthood of greater Texas.