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40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade Marked in Minnesota

PHOTO: A campaign by Planned Parenthood called "Not in Her Shoes" has people take a photo of their shoes and explain why reproductive health choices should be an individual decision. CREDIT: John Michaelson
PHOTO: A campaign by Planned Parenthood called "Not in Her Shoes" has people take a photo of their shoes and explain why reproductive health choices should be an individual decision. CREDIT: John Michaelson
January 22, 2013

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Today is the 40th anniversary of Roe versus Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision that affirmed a woman's right to have an abortion. The day is being marked by both pro-choice and pro-life advocates.

Tim Stanley, senior director of public affairs for Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, says his organization will continue steadfast.

"We at Planned Parenthood have been fighting to protect a woman's access to abortion for every one of those days of those 40 years, and we'll be here for the next 40 to make sure that abortion remains a safe and legal option for a woman to consider, if and when she needs it."

Stanley says they'd also like to shift the discussion away from labels such as pro-choice and pro-life. As part of that effort, Planned Parenthood has launched a campaign called "Not in Her Shoes." Stanley says the effort has people posting a picture of their shoes and talking about why reproductive-health decisions need to be personal.

"So instead of putting people into one category or another, we're just asking people to respect the real-life decisions that women and their families face."

Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life will lead a rally of thousands this afternoon at the State Capitol in St. Paul to speak out against abortion.

There have been nearly 600,000 abortions in Minnesota since the Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973.

A new poll by the Pew Research Center finds only 29 percent of Americans would like to see Roe v. Wade overturned.

John Michaelson, Public News Service - MN