Abortion Rights Still Hot Topic 40 Years After Landmark Decision

Devin Sanchez

NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - About 150 pro-lifers joined Bishop Michael Pfeifer as he marched from St. Ann's Church to Planned Parenthood, to prayerfully protest, just one day after the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, which gave women the right to abortions.

"As a nation, we are suffering because we have allowed it to continue legally," one rallier said.

Bishop Pfeifer and his followers prayed the rosary, prayed for the end of abortion and for the forgiveness of those who have had one.

"This is a march for life, for love. It's to ask God's mercy and forgiveness," Pfeifer said.

40 years later, Carla Holeva, CEO of Planned Parenthood, said women are still fighting for that right.

"The governor has vowed to put more restrictions on abortion, we're also coming right off a funding cut in the state of Texas for women's health care," she said.

Holeva told NewsWest 9 they are the only abortion provider for the 50 counties they serve.

"Even though abortion is still legal, having access to it can still be limited in this country, and I think west Texas is one of the best areas to look at," she said.

But Bishop Pfeifer claims attitudes are changing about abortions.

"More and more people are becoming pro-life," Pfeifer said.

Holeva said no matter what, Planned Parenthood is here to stay.

"Planned Parenthood has been in Texas for over 75 years, we're not going anywhere. We've been here and we will continue to be here for women," Holeva said.