Wednesday marks a historic decision that happened more than four decades ago in the Supreme Court.
Roe vs. Wade was a 1973 Supreme Court case that brought up the touchy subject of abortion.
Much of the discussion was focused on whether or not abortion should be legalized or regulated by the government and one aspect of the case was focused on how involved the U.S. government should be in making the final decision.
On Wednesday, parishioners from the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mason City braved the cold to protest the final ruling.
One parishioner said, “We’ve been outside in the cold just to witness and pray for an end to abortion,” said Jim Fitzsimmons.
They focused on praying for women and doctors who have to go through the process as well as legislators nationwide who have to regulate the laws.
President Obama gave a national address in response to the anniversary and said in his speech, “we reaffirm our steadfast commitment to protecting a woman’s access to safe, affordable health care and her constitutional right to privacy including the right to reproductive freedom.”
Throughout his address, Obama spoke in favor of the ruling and how things have developed over the years.
While this is one topic that has led to discussions and in depth conversations about how things should be delegated, in many cases, stances on the issue have not changed.
For some, it’s a matter of being against abortion but in favor of the woman being able to choose, but for others, it’s one way or no way.