40 years later, Roe v. Wade still a hot topic - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

40 years later, Roe v. Wade still a hot topic


Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in America. Since then, it's been a hot issue.

In a national poll, The Pew Research Center shows that more than 60 percent of Americans favor keeping abortion legal in the United States. Only 29 percent say the Supreme Court should overturn Roe V Wade, the case at the center of the controversy.

Locally, ArkLaTex residents use the Hope Medical Group as a hot spot for voicing their opinions on the hot-button issue. Hope Medical is an abortion clinic serving the women of Northwest Louisiana.

On Tuesday KSLA News 12 asked protestors, on both sides of the argument, what they thought about the national poll showing more Americans leaning in the pro-choice direction.

"Many women don't know. We're here to give them an awareness of the things that they're not told. One of the things they're not told is the guilt they leave with when they depart from a place like this, after they have done that," said Seth Capps.

"Americans are very jaded towards abortion. You see very few people coming out and speaking out against it," said Mike Peek.

"On abortion, I think it is idealistically wrong. However, I think that it has nothing to do with the legality of abortion. I don't think that the federal government or any other level of government should be permitted to regulate it," said Joe Carstensen.

That non-scientific survey was conducted along with a poll on the website to register local sentiment. Out of 234 total votes as of 10 p.m., 136 (or 58.1 percent) voters favored overturning Roe v. Wade  while 98 (or 41.9 percent) voters supported the ruling.

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