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A Missouri Prayer on Roe v. Wade Anniversary

January 22, 2009

St. Louis, MO - Thirty-six years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court made its landmark decision on abortion rights, but Roe v. Wade remains controversial. People on both sides of the issue are having rallies all week.

In Missouri, religious leaders are offering blessings upon patients and employees of women's health centers. Reverend Rebecca Turner of Faith Aloud in St. Louis, who wrote one of the blessings that will be used today, says she doesn't encourage abortion, but believes a woman should be allowed to make her own moral decisions.

"Without legal abortion, we know what happens: Women die from self-induced abortions and from illegal abortions by providers who don't know what they're doing."

Reverend Turner's blessing will be spoken today at hundreds of reproductive health service clinics nationwide.
She states that under the past administration, access to contraceptives, abortion and other reproductive health services dwindled. She says prevention education is the best way to reduce abortions nationwide.

"If we make access to good information and to contraceptive services easier, then we’re simply not going to need nearly as many abortion services."

More than 49 million abortions have taken place nationally since 1973, the year the court made abortions legal, according to the National Right to Life Web site. Many Roe v. Wade opponents will be praying as well, while many are participating in an annual march against the decision in Washington, D.C.

For more information, go to www.faithaloud.org

Laura Thornquist, Public News Service - MO