Making changes 40 years after Roe vs. Wade
BATON ROUGE - Today marks 40 years since the Roe v. Wade decision, making abortion legal in the United States.
Pro-choice advocates say prior to Roe vs. Wade, abortions were dangerous and to be a patient of an abortion was a crime.
"Women could not get safe abortions," said Attorney Jill Craft. "Women were dying in back alleys. Forty years ago, there was no legitimate opportunity for all women to have a choice."
Now, four decades later, the law remains controversial. Protesters gathered around Baton Rouge this morning, praying for those seeking abortions.
"You know, 40 years ago, the Supreme Court basically said the unborn child has no rights," said Chris Sellers. "We believe in the sanctity of life. By the time a girl knows that she's pregnant, the baby's already formed."
Despite Roe v. Wade being the law of the land, state legislatures have passed many laws altering the high court ruling. Governor Bobby Jindal signed a law requiring a mandatory waiting period of 24 hours between the time a woman views her ultrasound to the time the abortion is performed. In 35 states, a woman must receive counseling before an abortion is performed, and other states require an ultrasound before the procedure.